Frontispiece for The Heroes of Asgard (1930)

Frontispiece for The Heroes of
                                    Asgard (1930)

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Gungnir (non.)
Óðinn's spear whose name means "swaying one."

Gods and Goddesses

The Vanir were a group of Gods that the Aesir made war against and defeated. After the two groups made peace, the Vanir joined the Aesir but were not granted equal status with the Aesir. Frey and Freya were prominent members of the Vanir.
Æsir (non.)
Aesir (en.)
The term Æsir refers collectively to all of the gods and goddesses in Ásgard, including those accepted as gods or goddesses, e.g., Loki. However, the gods are divided into two groups, ie., the Æsir, the dominant group, and the Vanir, who were defeated by the Æsir in the Vanir Wars.
Óðinn (non.)
Odin (en.)
The chief god of the Æsir in The Prose Edda. However, in Heimskringla he is a mortal who tricks the King of Sweden into believing that he is a god.

Mythological Events

Vanir War (en.)
The wars between the Æsir and the Vanir are briefly described in Ynglinga Saga 4, Gylfaginning 22,Skáldskapamál 1, and alluded to in Völuspá 22.


spjót (non.)
spear (en.)

Source Materials:

Heroes of Asgard (1930 ed.) (en.)
The third illustrated edition of The Heroes of Asgard was published in 1930 and was illustrated by C. E. Brock.

Source Persons

Brock, Charles E. (en.)
b. 5 February 1870
d. 28 February 1938
Nationality: English
Occupation: painter, line artist and book illustrator
Keary, Annie (en.)
b. 3rd March 1825
d. 3rd March 1879
Nationality: English
Occupation: Novelist, poet, and childrens book writer.
Anna Maria Keary, known as Annie Keary, was an English novelist, poet, and children's writer. Her sister Eliza Keary collaborated with her in writing “The Heroes of Asgard” that was first published in 1857 and many times thereafter.