Goddess Freyja  

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FREYJA (pronounced FRAY-ah) is the Norse Goddess of love and fertility. She is the chief Goddess of the Vanir, who were mainly fertility Gods. Freyja is similar to Frigg in that she is a love and fertility Goddess, but where Frigg's role was mainly as wife and mother, Freyja is seen more as a lover, the symbol of sexuality and passion. She was married to the God 'Odr, who is mentioned only briefly in Norse myths. He seems to have left her for a long journey and she searched the earth for him, crying tears that turned to gold.

Freyja is also Goddess of war, battle, death, and magic. She heads the Valkyries, and half of the chosen slain warriors she takes to her palace, Sessr'umnir, in particular the female warriors, bards, and craftsmen. Freyja also taught the mysteries of magic to Odin. She possesses many magical items, including a cloak that allows her to turn into a hawk or falcon and a golden necklace called Br'isingamen, and she travels either by riding her golden boar, Hildisvini, or in her chariot pulled by her sacred cats.

Freyja's name means "Lady," and is also seen as FRAUJA, FREA, FREIA, FREIJA, FREJA, FREO, FREYA, FREYJU, FRIIA, FRIJA, FR"oA, FR"oE, FROUWA, FROWA, FROYA, FRoYA, FRUE, and FRYA. She is also known as VANADIS (Goddess of the Vanir), MARD"oLL (sea-bright), H"oRN (flax, from her golden hair), GEFN (giver), and S'yR (sow, from her role as fertility Goddess). Epithets for Freyja include:

POSSESSOR OF THE SLAIN



MISTRESS OF THE CHOSEN



MISTRESS OF THE VALKYRIES


OF SESSR'uMNIR

OF THE GIB-CATS


OF BR'i-SINGAMEN

GODDESS OF THE VANIR



LADY OF THE VANIR

GODDESS BEAUTIFUL IN TEARS



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