Norse Mythology

The Asynjur: The Female Goddesses

Asynjur in Norse Mythology

The Asynjur are the female goddesses in norse mythology. They live together with the Aesir (the male gods) in Asgard. Vingolf is the name of the beautiful house that the gods built to the Asynjur the goddesses in Asgard.

Eir: Peace, Clemency, Help, or Mercy

She is a goddess and or a Valkyrie she is associated with the medical skill.


Freya by Arthur Rackham (1910)

Freya: The Goddess of Love

Day of week: Friday (Fredag) (she or Frigg has given her name to this day, but its a little unclear who).

Freya is the daughter of Njord and his sister Nerthus.

Freya has a twin brother named Freyr.

Freya is married to Od, but he somehow disappeared.

Freya has two children with Od, their names are Hnoss and Gersimi.

Freya is the goddess of love, lust beauty, sorcery, fertility, gold, war and death. The name Freya means "lady". Freya is a former member of the Vanir. When the war between the Vanir and the Aesir ended, Freya and two others were sent to the Aesir as a token of truce. In return the Aesir sent Honir and Mimir to the Vanir. Freya is incredibly beautiful, and she have many admirers. Freya loved poems and love songs. When she was hovering over the ground, she scattered morning dew and sun light behind her. She shook spring flowers out of her golden hair. Freya can cry tears that turned into gold, or amber.


Freya the goddess of love

The House of Freya

Freya is living in Asgard, the name of her house is Sessrumnir placed on the field Fólkvangr which means "field of the host", "people field" or "army field" It is a place where half of those that die in a battle go for the afterlife, while Odin will receive the other half. Freya is always given the first choice. After she had picked the ones she wanted, the rest were sent to Odin.


Freya in her chariot

Three animals and some feathers

Freya rides in a chariot pulled by two black or gray cats. Freya also have a cloak of falcon feathers, which she willingly loans out to the other gods, when they need to fly to one of the worlds. Freya also has a boar named Hildisvini "battle swine" which she rides when not using her cat-drawn chariot. It is also said to be Freya's human lover, Ottar in disguise, and is the reason why Loki consistently accuses her of being immoral by riding her lover in public.


Freyja in the Dwarf's Cave (1891) by Louis Huard


Freya loves jewelry, and she has a necklace. That was made by four dwarfs, with such an art it gleamed like a constellation in the night sky. The name of this necklace is Brísingamen, ("flaming, glowing"). When it is around Freya’s beautiful neck, it becomes the symbol of heaven and fruits. One day Freya, walked by a cave with dwarfs inside it and wandered in.

Inside the cave, her eye caught the sight of the most beautiful necklace, she had ever seen. Four dwarfs “Alfrigg”, “Berling”, Dvalin”, and “Grerr” was living inside this cave were just putting their finishing touches to the beautiful piece of jewelry. The dwarfs are grandmaster craftsmen. Freya pleaded and begged them to give her the necklace “Brisingamen”. She told the four dwarfs, she would pay any amount of gold for it.

The dwarfs refused to sell it. But they did however make a suggestion, if Freya would spend one night. With each of the four dwarfs and make love to them, she could have the necklace. Freya agreed to and spent the next four nights with the ugly dwarfs.

Loki the trickster had followed Freya to Svaralfheim, the home of the dwarfs, and seen everything that had happened. Loki ran back and told Odin, what he had seen.

When Odin heard the news, he got furious. He told Loki to take the necklace from Freya and bring it to him. Loki went to Freya’s house Sessrumnir, but he had a hard time getting in, because all doors and windows were tightly shut. But Loki turned himself into a small fly and got in the room through a hole as small as a needle’s eye. Loki saw that Freya was wearing the necklace around her neck, with the clasp underneath her so that he could not reach it. Loki turned himself into a flea and bit the goddess on her cheek.

She turned restlessly in her sleep and exposed the clasp. Loki quickly turned himself back to his own shape, took the necklace, unlocked the door, and ran out. When Freya found out that she loss her necklace she ran to Odin and told her story to Odin, while crying bitterly. Cold with anger at Freya’s story of greed and lust, Odin said that he would only recover the necklace for her if she would agree to stir up a war between two mighty chieftains in Midgard “Middle Earth” He demanded that there should be killing and bloodshed.

Afterward Freya should bring the slain heroes back to life. Freya agreed to the terms, for like Odin, she had a lust for battles and heroes aswell. Then Odin sent for Heimdall, the watchman of the bridge Bifrost, and told him to go after Loki, and bring back Freya’s necklace. Loki turned himself into a seal and swam to a rock near Singastein, but a moment later Heimdall, too, had become a seal. The two fought a fierce battle. In the end Heimdall, with the necklace in his hand, led the dripping Loki out of the water and back to Odin.


Frigg (seated) and Fulla by Ludwig Pietsch (1865)

Frigg: Earth Mother

Day of week: Friday (Fredag)(she or Freya has given her name to this day, and its a little unclear who).

Frigg is the daughter of Fjörgynn.

Frigg is married to Odin; together they have the sons Balder and Hod.

Frigg is the stepmother to Thor, Heimdall, Höder, Hermod, Tyr, Bragi, Vidar, Vali.

Frigg is the queen of Asgard, and she is a sorcerer, Frigg means the "beloved one". Frigg is associated with love, marriage, fertility, and motherhood. She is very important to a married woman. She has the power of prophecy yet she does not reveal what she knows. Frigg is the only one other than Odin who is permitted to sit on his high seat, and look out over the universe. The name of her house is Fensalir, the name means "marsh hall". A woman would often go close to the wet marsh lands to worship the goddess Frigg.

Fulla: Bountiful or Volla

Frigg has many maids; she is especially attached to her maid named Fulla. Fulla is wearing a golden snood for Frigg. She is tending to the footwear and the boxes of Frigg. Fulla also knows all the secrets of Frigg, because Frigg trust her with everything.

Gerd: Fenced In

She is a former Jotun, and might or might not also have been an Asynjur. She is the wife of the god Freyr.


Gefion is a goddess of fertility, and associated with the plow. Once Gefion had disguised herself as a beggar woman. Gefion had asked Gylfi, the king of Sweden, to give her some land. The king told had told her that she could have as much land as she could plow in one day, and one night. Gefion used her four sons, who are huge as oxes, and have a giant as father. Gifion hitched the oxen to a plow and proceeded to cut deeply into the land of Sweden. Then she and the oxen towered into the sea where it is now known as the island of Zealand "Sjælland", today part of Denmark.


She runs errands for the goddess Frigg. If she needs to deliver a massage in a hurry, Gna rides her horse, Hofvarpnir "Hoof Trasher", through the air or over water.

Hlin: Protectress

She also runs errands in other worlds for Frigg, she sents Hlin, when there was something or someone she wanted to protect.


She is a goddess, but not much is known about her.


Idun and the apples of youth


Idun is the daughter of the dwarf Ivald. Idun is married to Bragi. Idun (In Old Norse Iðunn) is a goddess who guards the apples of youth. Idun has long golden hair and she is the goddess of spring and eternal youth. She supplied the gods with the apples of youth, to keep them young forever. One day Idun and her apples were stolen by Loki, and he gave Idun and the apples to an eagle to save his life.


She is a goddess, but not much is known about her.

Lofn: The Comforter, The Mild

Lofn is one the daughters of the dwarf Hreidmar. She had one sister Lyngheid and 3 brothers Fafnir, Regin and Otr. Lofn means "the comforter", "the mild", or "loving". Lofn is gentle in manner and an arranger of marriages, if they had been forbidden.


Nanna is married to Balder; and the mother of Forseti. Nanna died of grief after the dead of Balder, the gods then placed her on the boat with Balder and set it on fire.


She is a goddess, and may represent earth.

Saga: Seeress

Saga is a goddess she lives at Sökkvakkr "Sunken Bank", "Sunken Bench" or "Treasure Bank" in Asgard.


Sif (1893) by Jenny Nyström


Sif has beautiful long golden hair, and is a goddess of grain and fertility. Sif is married to Thor. Sif has a son named Ull, Thor's stepson. The trickster Loki, once cut her hair off while she slept. Loki was forced to replace it, with strands of gold crafted by the dwarfs.


"Loki and Sigyn" (1863) by Mårten Eskil Winge.

Sigyn: Victorious Girl/Friend

Sigyn is married to Loki, and they have the sons Narfi and Vali. Once when Loki finally had done one trick to many, he was bound in a cave with a serpent over his head. Sigyn his loyal wife, stays with him day and night, with a bowl in her hands. Holding it over his head catching the venom, that is dripping from the serpent's jaws. When she empties the bowl, some drops of venom from the serpent falls on Loki, and he writhed with pain, causing the earth earth quakes in Midgard. Sigyn stays with Loki until Ragnarok "The end of the world".


She is a goddess and very eager to turn people's minds, both men and women into lovemaking.

Snotra: Clever

She is associated with wisdom, and is very smart.

Syn: Refusal

Syn is the guardian for Frigg's great hall, Sessrumnir. Syn is also a goddess associated with defensive refusal.


Rind is the daughter of Billing "King of the Ruthenians". Rind and Odin have a son named Vali.

Thrud: Strength or Power

Thrud may or may not have be a Valkyrie, but there is a Valkyrie with the name Thrud. Thrud is the daughter of Thor and Sif. She is the half-sister to Magni and Modi.

Var: Pledge or Beloved

Var is a goddess associated with oaths between men and women. Var will also punish those, who broke their vows.

Vor: The Careful one

Vor is very wise and she searched out all things so nothing was hidden from her. Vor also has a the gift of providence, and of preparing well for the future.

Author of page content Martin Højbjerg