Definitions for vanirˈvɑ nɪr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Va•nir*ˈvɑ nɪr(n.)

  1. (in Norse myth) a race of gods distinct from and originally in conflict with the Aesir.

    Category: Mythology

* (used with a pl. v.).

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Vanir(noun)

    (Norse mythology) race of ancient gods sometimes in conflict with the Aesir

Wiktionary

  1. Vanir(ProperNoun)

    The principal deities, as a group, of the Norse pantheon that represent chaos, fertility, and cultivation; opponents of the u00C6sir.

  2. Vanir(ProperNoun)

    Members of the Swedish royal family whose ancestry is traditionally traced to one of the Vanir deities.

  3. Origin: From Vanir.

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  1. Vanir

    In Norse mythology, the Vanir are a group of gods associated with fertility, wisdom and the ability to see the future. The Vanir are one of two groups of gods and are the namesake of the location Vanaheimr. After the Æsir–Vanir War, the Vanir became a subgroup of the Æsir. Subsequently, members of the Vanir are sometimes also referred to as members of the Æsir. The Vanir are attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda and Heimskringla, both written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson; and in the poetry of skalds. The Vanir are only attested in these Old Norse sources, unlike the Æsir, who are attested widely among all tribes of the Germanic peoples. Vanir is sometimes anglicized to Wanes. All sources describe the deities Njörðr, Freyr and Freyja as members of the Vanir. A Euhemerized prose account in Heimskringla adds that Njörðr's sister—whose name is not provided—and Kvasir were Vanir. In addition, Heimskringla reports a tale involving king Sveigðir's visit to Vanaheimr, where he meets a woman by the name of Vana and the two produce a child named Vanlandi.

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