Freya - the Norse Goddess of Love

artistic representation of norse mythology goddess Freya

Name(s):

Freya

Rules over:

Fertility, Love, Increase, Sex, Beauty. Sometimes War.

Gender:

Female

Symbols:

Brisingamen Necklace

Linked Animals:

Boar (named Hildisvíni), Falcons

Parents:

Njord (Father) and Uncertain Mother (Earth?)

Siblings:

Twin Brother Freyr (or Frey)

Greek Similar:

Aphrodite

Roman Similar:

Venus

 

The goddess of femininity, love and sex

Freya is the Norse goddess of femininity, love, sex, beauty, fertility and gold, but has also at times been associated with war and death. As the daughter of the sea god Njord and unknown mother, Freya is a member of the Vanir clan of gods, but she would go on to be made an honorary member of the Aesir gods. She was married to Odin, or Odr in old Norse literature. Many theories supported by the older sources suggest that Frigg and Freya are exactly the same person, just with different recorded names, depending on the source text.

Symbols

Freya is most associated with the Brisingamen necklace, a necklace which shined and sparkled so brightly that she was willing to do anything to have it. According to text, Freya ventured to the land of the Dwarves where she saw them making the most spectacular golden necklace, she told them that she would pay whatever price they asked. Surprisingly, the dwarves had no interest in money. Instead, the price for the necklace was for Freya to sleep with each of the, an idea which repulsed Freya, but this disgust was overshadowed by her burning desire for the necklace, so she relented slept with each dwarf. After four days, they honoured their agreement and gave her the necklace.

Powers & Duties

It is thought that Freya was the first to bring the art of seidr to the gods. Seidr is a type of sorcery practiced during the late Scandinavian iron age. She possessed the knowledge, skill and power to control the fortunes and desires of others. She also had the responsibility of choosing the first half of the warrior killed in battle to reside in her afterlife realm, Folkvang. The other half would reside in Valhalla with Odin.

Infidelity

A notable similarity between Freya and Frigg is that they were both accused of infidelity by the trickster god Loki. He went as far as to accuse Freya of sleeping with her brother. Legend also has it that Frigg slept with Odin’s brothers Vili and Ve, when Odin or Odr was away searching the cosmos for knowledge. Despite her alleged infidelity, she was noted as searching the nine realms for him, while wearing her magic feathered cloak, which enabled her to cover huge distanced in the air.

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