The Norse culture honored a wide variety of gods, and many are still worshipped today by Asatruar and Heathens. For the Norse and Germanic societies, much like many other ancient cultures, the deities were a part of daily life, not merely something to be chatted with in times of need. Here are some of the best-known gods and goddesses of the Norse pantheon.
Baldur, Norse God of Light
Because of his association with resurrection, Baldur is often connected to the cycle of death and rebirth. Read on to learn about Baldur, and why he's so important in Norse mythology.
Freyja - Goddess of Abundance and Fertility
Freyja, or Freya, was a Norse goddess of abundance, fertility and war. She is still honored today by some Pagans, and is often associated with sexual freedom.
Frigga - Norse Goddess of Marriage and Prophecy
Frigga was the wife of Odin, and had a powerful gift of prophecy. Learn about this powerful Norse goddess, also associated with marriage and fertility.
Heimdall, Protector of Asgard
Heimdall was known as the guardian and protector of the gods. Learn why he's important in Norse legend, and how he plays a significant role in the story of Ragnarok.
Hel, Norse Goddess of the Underworld
Hel was the Norse goddess of the underworld. It was her job to determine the fate of the souls who entered her realm. Read on to find why we sometimes tell people to "go to Hell."
Loki: Norse Prankster God
Loki was the Norse god who delighted in upsetting the balance of the universe. Learn about Loki and his exploits, and find out why he's actually quite important in the grand scheme of things.
Njord, Norse God of the Sea
Who was Njord, and why is he significant in the pantheon of Norse gods?
Odin - Ruler of the Norse Gods
Odin was the mighty ruler of Asgard, and the supreme deity of the Scandinavian pantheon. Many Pagans still honor him today as a god of wealth, wisdom and inspiration.
Thor, Norse God of Thunder
Thor and his powerful lightning bolt have been around for a long time. Some Pagans still continue to honor him today. Learn about Thor and his legends, and where you can still find him in contemporary culture.
Tyr, Norse Warrior God
Tyr was a one-handed warrior god in Norse mythology. Learn about why he's important, and how he lost that hand in the first place.