Freya the Goddess of Love in Norse Mythology
Freya: The Goddess of Love
Freya is the Goddess of love in Norse mythology, but she is also associated with sex, lust, beauty, sorcery, fertility, gold, war and death. The name Freya (in old Norse “Freyja)” means “lady”, and can also be spelled (Freya, Freija, Frejya, Freyia, Fröja, Frøya, Frøjya, Freia, Freja, Frua and Freiya). She does not originate from the Aesir but she is from the Vanir, she and two other Gods was sent to the Aesir by the Vanir as a token of truce, in return the Aesir also sent two Gods to the Vanir. Freya became a honorable member of the Aesir after the war between the Aesir and Vanir ended.
Freya is the daughter of Njord and his sister Nerthus, and she has a twin brother named Freyr. Freya is married to the God Odr, but he somehow disappeared but it might be Odin, she has two children with Odr, their names are Hnoss and Gersimi. Some of the weekdays in Norse mythology originate from some of the Gods and Goddesses, and Freya might be associated with the day friday, but there are conflicting sources so it could also be the Goddess Frigg.
“Freyja in her Car drawn by Cats” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)
“Freyja” by J. Doyle Penrose (1913)
Freya the beautiful
Freya is incredibly beautiful and she have many admirers, not just among the Gods and Goddesses but also among the dwarves and giants. She loves jewellery and other fine materials and she has quite often used her beauty to get the jewellery she desires. When Freya walks around, she scatteres morning dew and the light behind her looks like the morning sun and when she shakes her hair spring flowers falls out of her golden hair. She has a big passion for poems and loves to sit and listen to songs for many hours. Freya has an unusual gift, when she cries her tears turns into amber or gold.
Freya is living in Asgard (the home of the Gods), the name of her house is Sessrumnir and it is located by the field Fólkvangr which means “field of the host”, “people field” or “army field” It is a place where half of the people who dies in a battle go for the afterlife, while Odin will receive the other half. Freya is always given the first choice among the brave warriors, after she had picked the ones she wanted, the rest were sent to Odin.
Three animals and some feathers
Freya loves to travel and she would sometimes take a ride in her chariot pulled by two black or gray cats. But she was also able to fly, by using her cloak of falcon feathers, which she willingly loaned out to the other Gods and Goddesses in Asgard, when they needed to fly to one of the worlds in a hurry. Freya also has a boar named Hildisvini “battle swine” which she rides when she is not using her cat-drawn chariot. It is also said to be Freya’s human lover, Ottar in disguise, and that is the reason why Loki consistently accuses her of being immoral by riding her lover in public.
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