- 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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Examples from the Web for vanir
None of the Æsir or the Vanir knew on what adventure Thor was bent.
None of the Asyniur and none other of the Vanir possessed a thing so beautiful.
We want to know what the company of one of the Vanir is like.
She came within and she had her seat amongst the Æsir and the Vanir.
When he said this all who were there of the Vanir rose up, their faces threatening Loki.
- 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
from Old Norse Vanr, a fertility god
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