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This article is about the mythological figure. For other uses, see Aegir (disambiguation).

Ægir (Old Norse "sea"[1]) is a sea giant, god of sea and king of the sea creatures in Norse mythology. He is a personification of the power of the ocean. He is also known for hosting elaborate parties for the gods.

Ægir's servants are Fimafeng (killed by Loki) and Eldir.

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Description

While many versions of myths portray Ægir as a giant, it is curious that many do not. In some texts, he is referred to as something older than the giants, and his origins are not really explained.

Attestations

In Snorri Sturluson's Skáldskaparmál, Ægir is identified with Gymir and Hlér who lives on the isle of Hlésey.

In Lokasenna, he hosts a party for the gods where he provides the ale brewed in an enormous pot or cauldron provided by Thor. The story of Thor getting the pot for the brewing is told in Hymiskviða.

Family

Ægir is a son of giant Fornjótr and brother of Logi ("fire") and Kári ("wind").

Ægir's wife is Rán the sea goddess. She is by Ægir mother of nine billow maidens, whose names are:

  • Bára (or Dröfn, wave)
  • Blóðughadda (the one with blood-red hair – the color of the waves after a naval battle)
  • Bylgja (to billow, or big wave)
  • Dúfa (the pitching wave)
  • Hefring (the surging wave)
  • Himinglæva (the wave that reflects the light of the sky)
  • Hrönn (the grasping wave)
  • Kólga (the chilling wave)
  • Unnr (or Uðr, wave)

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