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Njord (pronounced NYORD) is the god of the sea and wind.

Njord belongs to the Vanir (an older class of Norse gods associated with wisdom and fertility) and is father to the goddess Freya and her twin brother, Freyr. 

Njord is a very handsome god, in the prime of his life, clad in a short green tunic with a crown of shells and seaweed upon his head.

  • Njord was the personification of summer because he extended his protection over commerce and fishing, which could only be pursued during the short summer months.
  • Njord lived in a palace near the seashore where he stilled the terrible tempests stirred up by Aegir, god of the deep sea.
  • Njord is one of the few gods who will survive Ragnarok (the predicted Norse end of the world).
  • As all aquatic plants belonged to Njord, the marine sponge was known in the north as "Njord's glove."

Next Thor's Day: Njord's son, Freyr

**facts sourced from Myths of the Norsemen by H.A. Guerber


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