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Vanir

[vah-nir] /ˈvɑ nɪr/
noun, (often lowercase) (used with a plural verb) Scandinavian Mythology.
1.
a race of gods, first in conflict with the Aesir, later allied with them. They function as fertility divinities and include Njord, Frey, and Freyja.
Origin of Vanir
< Old Norse, probably from the same root as vinr friend, Latin Venus Venus, Sanskrit vánas desire
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  • We want to know what the company of one of the Vanir is like.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • None of the Asyniur and none other of the Vanir possessed a thing so beautiful.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • None of the Æsir or the Vanir knew on what adventure Thor was bent.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • She came within and she had her seat amongst the Æsir and the Vanir.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • When he said this all who were there of the Vanir rose up, their faces threatening Loki.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • "Hela has no arms to draw you to her," the Æsir and the Vanir cried to Baldur.

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  • He met the Vanir in the middle of the world and he told them the happy tidings.

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  • When the Æsir and the Vanir heard this they were sorely disappointed.

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  • Perhaps he was a little ashamed of the trick which he had played the Vanir.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • The deities with which we have just been dealing were collectively known as Vanir.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for Vanir

Vanir

/ˈvɑːnɪə/
noun
1.
(Norse myth) a race of ancient gods often locked in struggle with the Aesir. The most notable of them are Njord and his children Frey and Freya
Word Origin
from Old Norse Vanr, a fertility god
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