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Pronunciation : EYE-seer

(Norse Deity)AESIR

The Norse Pantheons top gods - think huge hammers, rip-roaring adventure and days of the week.

Although anyone who married into the group, the resulting offspring and even the odd giant were welcomed into Asgard, there were only twelve divine Aesir, with Odin being the big boss man.

The others were Thor, Balder, Njord, Tyr, Bragi, Heimdall, Hod, Vidar, Vali, Ullr and Forseti, and although Loki the trickster is sometimes classed as one of the Aesir, he just did what Loki does and wormed his way in through the backdoor.

They would meet a Yggdrasil to talk shop, have great feasts and banquets courtesy of Andhrimnir, Heidrun and Sahrimnir in the Great halls and go on rip roaring adventures. You may be a little suprised to learn that they were all mortal but kept the signs of old age at bay courtesy of Idunn's magical apples. They could be injured, have limbs or various other body parts removed and feel pain, as Loki discovered on several occasions.

Their mortal enemies were the other group of gods known as the Vanir who were more into cultivation than annihilation, still, it takes two to tango and they chipped in to make exciting tales of war, kidknapp, trickery and general tom-foolery.

The trouble began with Gullveig's trip to Asgard. The Aesir loved gold, it was one of their favourite pass-times, but Gullveig never shut up about it.. "Gold, Gold, Gold.." She was getting right on their nerves so they tortured her and threw her on a fire, three times. Imagine their suprise when she wouldn't stay dead.

Arriving back in Vanaheim non the worse for her ordeal didn't stop the Vana-folk from getting all uppity and a great war raged for ten years though common sense eventually prevailed.

A peace treaty was signed then the Gods spat into a huge bucket and formed the contents into Kvasir which brought about a bucket full of problems. Hostages were exchanged with Njord, Frey and Freyja going to Asgard, and Hoenir and Mimir moving to Vanaheim. Just for the record - I think Odin got the best deal, and seemingly so did the Vanir.

Also see Vanir, Mimir.

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'AESIR' - Norse database entry - 19 Nov 2007
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