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Vanir

[vah-nir] /ˈvɑ nɪr/
noun, (often lowercase) (used with a plural verb) Scandinavian Mythology
1.
a race of gods, first in conflict with the Aesir, later allied with them. They function as fertility divinities and include Njord, Frey, and Freyja.
Origin of Vanir
< Old Norse, probably from the same root as vinr friend, Latin Venus Venus, Sanskrit vánas desire
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  • It is true that in the assemblies of the Vanir Hœnir gave excellent counsel.

  • None of the Asyniur and none other of the Vanir possessed a thing so beautiful.

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  • When the Æsir and the Vanir had won their senses back the mother of Baldur went amongst them.

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  • None of the Æsir or the Vanir knew on what adventure Thor was bent.

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  • And those of the Æsir and the Vanir who had laughed most at Loki's mockeries rose up and cheered for him as he came in.

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  • When the Æsir and the Vanir heard this they were sorely disappointed.

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  • He met the Vanir in the middle of the world and he told them the happy tidings.

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  • She came within and she had her seat amongst the Æsir and the Vanir.

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  • What the Eddas say about it is simply this, that the sir made peace with the Vanir and exchanged hostages with them.

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  • When he said this all who were there of the Vanir rose up, their faces threatening Loki.

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British Dictionary definitions for Vanir

Vanir

/ˈvɑːnɪə/
noun
1.
(Norse myth) a race of ancient gods often locked in struggle with the Aesir. The most notable of them are Njord and his children Frey and Freya
Word Origin
from Old Norse Vanr, a fertility god
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