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Frey \Frey\, Freyr \Freyr\(fr[imac]), prop. n. (Norse Mythology) The god of earth's fertility and peace and prosperity, presiding over rain, sunshine, and all the fruits of the earth, dispensing wealth among men; son of Njorth (Njord) and brother of Freya; originally of the Vanir; later with the Aesir. He was especially worshipped in the temple at Upsala in Sweden


Freyr or Frey is one of the most important gods of Norse religion. The name is conjectured to derive from the Proto-Norse * frawjaz, "lord." Freyr was associated with sacral kingship, virility and prosperity, with sunshine and fair weather, and was pictured as a phallic fertility god; Freyr is said to "bestow peace and pleasure on mortals." Freyr, sometimes referred to as Yngvi-Freyr, was especially associated with Sweden and seen as an ancestor of the Swedish royal house.

In the Icelandic books the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, Freyr is presented as one of the Vanir, the son of the sea god Njörðr, as well as the twin brother of the goddess Freyja. The gods gave him Álfheimr, the realm of the Elves, as a teething present. He rides the shining dwarf-made boar Gullinbursti and possesses the ship Skíðblaðnir which always has a favorable breeze and can be folded together and carried in a pouch when it is not being used. He has the servants Skírnir, Byggvir and Beyla.

The most extensive surviving Freyr myth relates Freyr's falling in love with the female jötunn Gerðr. Eventually, she becomes his wife but first Freyr has to give away his magic sword which fights on its own "if wise be he who wields it." Although deprived of this weapon, Freyr defeats the jötunn Beli with an antler. However, lacking his sword, Freyr will be killed by the fire jötunn Surtr during the events of Ragnarök.

Like other Germanic deities, veneration of Freyr is revived in the modern period in Heathenry.

Usage examples of "freyr".

Although Freyr was high in the sky—for the hunters were within the tropics—it seemed to hang there frozen.

Food was approaching, enough food to feed every single person of every tribe upon whom Freyr and Batalix ever shone, or Wutra smiled.

Only at times of New Year would Batalix and Freyr rise and set together.

The gentlemen stayed here while Freyr sank from the sky, pale Batalix also died, and the brighter sentinel rose again.

He was not allowed to leave the halls, but dwelt in a monastic nocturne, not knowing whether Freyr and Batalix swam separately or together in the sky.

Fainter Batalix was always the faster sentinel, and would soon be setting while Freyr lingered still at zenith.

All unknown to them, Freyr drew nearer to the chilly world: for there was truth buried in the obscure scriptures Yuli rejected, and the sky of ice would in due process of time become a sky of fire.

They called it Nktryhk, and believed it to be the throne of a white wizard who would cast the Sons of Freyr, the hated man-things, out of the world.

They followed the Voral River, travelling day and night, for Freyr shone at night during this period.

He felt himself near to death, and staggered outside to die under Wutra’s sky, into which Freyr was already preparing to ascend, for it was the third quarter.

Then the hours of their setting slipped further apart, until gradually Freyr ruled the sky by day and Batalix the sky by night.

From one generation to the next, no man could positively swear that Freyr grew towards manhood, but so said the legends.

They were still almost six hundred times as distant from Freyr as Earth is from its primary.

Year after year, Laintal Ay’s grandparents had lifted their eyes from their ancient documents to watch the window turn pink, orange, and crimson with sunset, as Freyr or Batalix descended into a bath of fire.

The air-octaves wavered as if in flight from Freyr, yet nevertheless curled about it in some instances.