This is a
list of Norse gods and goddesses that are in Norse mythology. Divided between the and the Æsir , and sometimes including the Vanir (giants), the dividing line between these groups is less than clear. However, it is usually accepted that the Æsir (including Óðinn, Þór and Týr) were warrior gods, while the Vanir (mainly Njörður, Freyja and Freyr) were fertility gods. Various other groups of beings, including jötnar elves, dwarves and jötnar were probably minor gods, and might have had small cults and sacred places devoted to them.
The gods and their functions
Major gods and goddesses
- God of beauty, innocence, peace, and rebirth. Consort: Baldur Nanna, Killed by Loki, who tricked his blind brother Hodr into killing him with a spear of mistletoe.
- Father of Odin, Borr Vili and Vé. Consort: Bestla
- God of poetry, music and the harp. Consort: Bragi Iðunn.
- Ruler of Prehistory, the first god and father of Búri Borr.
- God of the daytime, son of Dagr Dellingr and Nótt.
- God of dawn. Father of Dellingr Dagr. Husband of Nótt.
- Goddess of healing. Eir
- Goddess of spring. Ēostre
- Goddess of old age. Elli
- God of justice, peace and truth. Son of Forseti Baldur and Nanna.
- Goddess of love, fertility, and battle. Consort: Freyja Óðr.
- God of fertility. Consort: Freyr Gerðr.
- Goddess of marriage and motherhood. Consort: Frigg Odin. Can also be pronounced "Frigga".
- Fulla Frigg´s handmaid.
- Goddess of fertility and plough. Gefjun
- Queen of Hel Helheim, the Norse underworld.
- One of the Æsir and guardian of Heimdall Asgard, their realm.
- The heroic son of Odin.Tried to rescue Baldur. Hermóðr
- Goddess of consolation and protection. Hlín
- God of winter. Killed by Vali. Höðr
- The silent god. Hœnir
- Goddess of youth. Consort: Iðunn Bragi.
- Goddess of the Earth. Mother of Thor by Odin. Jörð
- God of inspiration. Killed by Dwarves. Kvasir
- Goddess of forbidden loves. Lofn
- Trickster and god of mischief . Consort: Loki Sigyn (also called Saeter).
- God of strength. Son of Thor. Magni
- God of the Moon. Máni
- Odin's uncle. Decapitated by Vanir. Mímir
- Goddess of joy and peace, an Nanna Ásynja married with Baldur and mother to Forseti. Died because of Baldur's death.
- A goddess mentioned by Nerthus Tacitus. Her name is connected to that of Njord.
- God of sea, wind, fish, and wealth. Killed in Ragnarok. Njord
- Goddess of night, daughter of Nótt Narvi and mother of Auðr, Jörð and Dagr by Naglfari, Annar and Dellingr, respectively.
- The "All Father" God of war, associated with wisdom, poetry, and magic (The Ruler of the gods). Odin
- Goddess of the sea. Rán
- An obscure goddess, possibly another name for Frigg. Sága
- Wife of Sif Thor. Goddess of harvest.
- Goddess of love. Sjöfn
- Goddess of winter; Skadi Njord's wife.
- Goddess of prudence. Snotra
( Sól Sunna) - Goddess of Sun. Swallowed by Skoll.
- son of Óðinn God of thunder and battle. Consort: Thor Sif.
- daughter of Thor and Sif. Thrud
- God of war. Also the god of the skies. Tyr
- God of ski/winter, hunt, and duel. Son of Ull Sif.
- God of revenge. Váli
- Goddess of contract. Vár
- One of the three gods of creation. Brother of Vé Óðinn and Vili.
- God of the forest, revenge and silence. Vidar
- Goddess of wisdom. Vör
- Tree of life. Connects the 9 worlds. Yggdrasil
Lists of Norse gods and goddesses contained in the Prose Edda
Pseudo-Norse gods and goddesses
Some characters sometimes presented as Norse deities do not occur in the ancient sources.
Astrild (Actually a synonym for Amor and Cupid invented and used by Nordic Baroque and Rococo authors. Might be confused with Freyja.)
Jofur (Actually a synonym for Jupiter invented and used by Nordic Baroque and Rococo authors. Might be confused with Thor.)
The following pseudo-deities are presented in
Encyclopedia Mythica as Norse.
Brono (Claimed to be the god of daylight and the son of Baldr. Original source unknown. Might be confused with Dagr or Forseti.)
Geirrendour (Claimed to be the father of the billow maidens. Original source unknown. Might be confused with Ægir.)
Glúm (Claimed to be an attendant of Frigg. Source unknown.)
Laga (Claimed to be the goddess of wells and springs. May be the same as Laha, a Celtic goddess of wells and springs.)