Discover the meaning and etymology behind the names of the Norse pantheon, places and items. Additional details are also provided on their modern usage, overall popularity and cognate words.
Odin – also Odinn (“rage” or “inspiration”). The leader of the Aesir gods who is associated with war, wisdom and art.
Thor – the god of thunder. He’s the son of Odin and usually carried his hammer Mjolnir
Freya – also Freyja (“lady”). The goddess of beauty and death who brings the worthy dead to Valhalla.
Freyr – also Frey (“lord”). The god associated with rain, sunlight and fertility.
Loki – Aesir god known for being a trickster and can manipulate fire and magic. He was eventually confined to a stone by his fellow gods for being evil.
Baldr – also Balder (“prince”). The son of Odin and Frigg who was killed because Loki tricked Hoder into it.
Heimdall – the white god who presided over light and dawn. He is considered the guardian of Asgard