Wiser than the Aesir of Asgard.
Power over the weather, fertility and crops.
Gods of natural abundance and fertility of the land.
The phallic god of nature's force.
The beauty, pleasure and sexuality of the female's sacred mound.
Guardians of the wisdom of the Ingwaz rune.
These are the Vanir whose home is the realm of Vanaheim. Of the Nine Worlds, only two use the word Gard, indicating either a fence or a fortification or boundary around them. The others all end in the world Heim, the home of the Vanier included. This seems to indicate realms that are more wild or natural, less domesticated and orderly.
Where did the Vanir come from? Perhaps they sprung up from the earth. The well-known Freya and her brother Frey are the off-spring of Nerthus and Njord , the goddess of the earth and the god of sea coast and sailors.
Even though the Vanir are often portrayed as being more gentle and peace-loving than the so-called warrior gods of the Aesir, it was the Vanir who cut off the head of the giant Mimir, uncle of Odin.
It was the Vanir who started the war with the Aesir.
According to the Poetic Edda it is Frey who at the doom of men 'will come back home among the wise Vanir.'
As always, the discussions in the classes of the Nine Worlds series leave us with more questions than answers.
In the photo above do we see the Vanir, turned to wood, standing guard over the grain storage bins?
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