was a member of the earth gods, the Vanir, and she loved gold
and talked about it all day. Tired of hearing her endless ravings
the Aesir, the sky gods, bound her in Odin's hall and speared
her. They burned her three times with her being reborn, however.
Enraged by this, the Earth gods demanded reparation from the
Aesir, wanting equal status, which they were not duly given.
the Aesir instead waged war upon the more peaceful Vanir. The
Vanir gained an upper hand in the war, with their assailants
suffering defeat upon defeat. Finally, after much consideration,
the Aesir finally agreed to end their hostility and grant the
Vanir equal status to the Vanir.
all made peace, all the gods spat into a vessel, creating a
wise giant, Kvasir, which later led to the creation of the magic
mead. To ensure peace was kept, there was an exchange of hostages.
On the side of the Vanir, they gave Njord and his son Freyr
as hostages, accompanied by Kvasir, the wisest of the Vanir.
The Aesir gave Vili (Odin's brother) and Mimir, the wisest of
the Aesir, as hostages.
happy with the exchange and with their new status, soon found
out that Vili was not as wise as the Aesir had said him to be,
and that all along, Mimir had deceived them by giving Vili advice.
They felt cheated and thus decapitated Mimir, and returned his
head to the Aesir. The Aesir did not retaliate and Odin had
Mimir's head preserved and used it to gain knowledge.
were pleased with their hostages, and they were greatly honoured
by the gods, eventually giving them places among the Aesir.
This resulted in the conversion of the gods from the Vanir,
to the Aesir.
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