Freyja

Freyja is the Norse Goddess of love, beauty, magic (seidhr), fertility, war and death. Her name means “The Lady”. She is one of the Vanir, sister to Freyr, daughter to Njörðr and mother to Hnoss and Gersemi by Óðr.

Her name is variously spelled Frøya, Freya, Freja, Freyia, Freia and she is sometimes called Gefn, Hörn, Mardöll, Sýr, Valfreyja, or Vanadís.

Half of those who die in battle go to Freyja’s hall Sessrúmnir in Fólkvangr (the other half go to Odin’s hall Valhalla). She travels in a chariot drawn by two cats, wears a magical necklace called Brísingamen and a cape of falcon feathers. She keeps the boar called Hildisvíni.

Stories of Freyja appear extensively throughout Scandinavian folklore and notably in the Poetic Edda, the Prose Edda, and Heimskringla.

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