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Nerthus

[nur-thuh s]
noun German Mythology.
  1. goddess of fertility, described by Tacitus in his Germania: later appeared in Scandinavian mythology as the god Njord.
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Historical Examples of nerthus

  • If he were fair, he would be just like the priest in the grove of Nerthus.

    Quintus Claudius, Volume 1 of 2

    Ernst Eckstein

  • Nerthus, an ancient German divinity, the personification of mother earth, specially revered in the north of Germany.

  • Tacitus tells how the image of the German goddess Nerthus was carried about on festive occasions in a chariot drawn by cows.

  • As with Freya, an image of the goddess Nerthus was drawn through the land in spring, to announce peace and fertility to mortals.