10 Most Powerful Norse Gods
As promised, here is the awaited list of most powerful Gods in the Norse mythology. One of the interesting things about Norse Mythology is that it has a great influence on modern times. For example, the days in the week are named after the Norse Gods (most of them). Tuesday is Tyr’s Day, Wednesday is Odin’s day, Thursday is Thor’s Day and Friday is Freya’s Day. I am thinking of discussing Viking Gods as well so stay tuned and enjoy the read!
Balder or Baldr takes the tenth spot in this list. He was the God of joy, innocence, beauty, spring, forgiveness and anything positive that you possibly think of. He was the second son of Odin and Frigg. Baldur is immune to any type of injury and he was deeply loved by women. You must be familiar with the powerful hammer of Thor, yeah, even that was unable to harm him. Loki however, created an arrow with the tip dipped in mistletoe. He convinced Balder’s blind brother to shoot it at him. The arrow killed Baldr.
I am sure you are familiar with this guy. He is the infamous God of mischief. He was liked by the other Gods originally but that changed. He was a shape shifter and he could even change his gender. He gave birth to the wolf Fenrir who was responsible for the death of Odin himself. Loki became more and more evil as the time passed and he would insult the other Gods and steal their precious items. After having Baldur killed, he was bound in a cave with deadly venom dripping on his face until Ragnarok. He met his doom soon thereafter.
She happens to be one of the Loki’s daughters. She was sent to overlook the realm of dead by Odin himself. You can compare her to Hades if you will, but she was just doing a job that no one else wanted to do. Once anyone entered the domain of Hel, they could not leave and that is much like Hades and his underworld though reportedly she did not have a pet three-headed dog like Hades himself. She was all alone. Baldur was kept in her domain, and even he could not escape.
She was the wife of Odin. She was also the only one ever allowed to sit on Odin’s throne during his absence. Frigg was the Goddess of motherhood and fertility. There are many stories where her character is a little loose and she would sleep around with Odin’s brothers without him knowing. She was the queen of Asgard. She is said to have had powers of prophecy even but she would never reveal what she knew. The word ‘Friday’ comes from Anglo-Saxon version of Frigg that is Frige. She is the mother of Baldur.
He was one of the most beloved of Gods. He was responsible to oversee the realm of the elves. Freyr was the God of weather, peace and male fertility. He was responsible for bringing peace and pleasure to mortals. He was married to the giantess called Gerd and for that purpose he had to give up his magical sword that he used to wield. He did not have his sword anymore that led to his downfall when he fought with the fire giant Surtr in Ragnarok.
I am sure you are familiar with this one if you recently saw the movie Thor. He was the watchman and guardian of the Gods. He would stand guard over the Bifrost Bridge; it was a rainbow bridge that connected Asgard to Migard. He would usually stand at the bridge with a horn and he was bound to blow it at the time of Ragnarok in order to warn the Gods. He despised Loki for what he had become and even when Loki was a loved God, Heimdall saw right through him. Heimdall was much trusted by Odin and it was he who killed Loki but died in the battle.
If you remember the Greek Goddess Aphrodite mention in the previous article, understanding Freya should not be a problem. She happens to be the Norse equivalent of Aphrodite; a Goddess of beauty and love. But that doesn’t mean that she was ferocious and fierce. She was the leader of the Valkyries and it is believed that her along with her warriors were responsible for causing the Aurora Borealis. She had many lovers, but she was madly in love with a God named Od. He eventually became a serpent. Loki once stole a very precious necklace from her but Heimdall retrieved it.
He was the God of glory, man-to-man combat and war. Remember Fenrir the Wolf who was responsible for Odin’s death? When the wolf was to be locked away, it was Tyr who was sent for the job. While doing this particular job, his hand was bitten off so from there on out, he was always referred to as ‘one-handed God of war’. He was killed in Ragnarok. Garm was responsible for the death of Tyr. Garm was the guard dog of Hel, much like the Cerberus.
This guy was the King of Asgard and the ruler of the Norse Gods. Name anything and Odin was the God of it be it war, death, hunting, magic, poetry, victory and prophecy. His appearance was much like a wizard. He had a very large beard and flowing robes. He was the God with one eye and he owned an eight-legged horse. His name was Sleipnir. Interestingly enough, that horse was a gift from Loki. There are sources that say that Odin and Loki were brothers but that isn’t a very popular opinion. Odin was the all-powerful but he was not the most feared God for some reason.
He was the God of thunder and lightning. Thor is the one that they feared the most. He wielded a legendary hammer called Mjollnir and he would kill even giants with just one swoosh. His hammer was once stolen by a giant and the story goes that Thor had to dress up as a bride in order to retrieve it. Upon retrieving the mighty hammer, Thor killed that said giant. The name of this giant was Thrym. He is remembered as the greatest Gods in Norse Mythology.