Yngvi-frey Of Uppsala King of Sweden

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  • Name , Yngvi-frey 
    Suffix Of Uppsala King of Sweden 
    Born 0239 
    Gender Male 
    • From Norsk mythology

      Freyr also spelled Frey, also called YNGVI, in Norse mythology, the ruler of peace and fertility, rain, and sunshine and the son of the sea god Njörd. Although originally one of the Vanir tribe, he was included with the Aesir. Gerd, daughter of the giant Gymir, was his wife. Worshiped especially in Sweden, he was also well-known in Norway and Iceland. His sister and female counterpart, Freyja, was goddess of love, fertility, battle, and death. The boar was sacred to both. Freyr and Freyja figure in many lays and stories of medieval Iceland.


      Much more is told of Freyr, the son of Njörd. His name means "Lord" (compare Old English Frea), but Freyr had other names as well; he was called Yngvi or Yngvi-Freyr, and this name suggests that he was the eponymous father of the north Germans whom Tacitus calls Ingvæones (Ingævones). The Old English Runic Poem indicates that the god Ing was seen first among the eastern Danes; he departed eastward over a wave and his chariot went after him. It is remarkable how the chariot persists in the cult of the Vanir, Nerthus, Ing, and Freyr. A comparatively late source tells how the idol of Freyr was carried in a chariot to bring fertility to the crops in Sweden. In an early saga of Iceland, where crops were little cultivated, Freyr still appears as the guardian of the sacred wheatfield. Freyr's name often is found as the first element of a place-name, especially in eastern Sweden; the second element often means "wheatfield," or "meadow

      The Eddic poem Skírnismál ("The Lay of Skírnir") relates the wooing of Freyr's bride, Gerd (Gerðr), a giant-maiden. This story has often been considered as a fertility myth. Gerdr (from garðr, "field") is held fast in the clutches of the frost-giants of winter. Thus, Freyr, as sun-god, would free her. However, this interpretation rests entirely on disputable etymologies. The narrative indicates that Freyr's bride belongs to the otherworld, and her wooing may rather symbolize the affinities of the fertility god with the chthonian powers, dominating the cycle of life and death. Several animals were sacred to Freyr, particularly the horse and, because of his great fertility, the boar.

      The centre of Freyr's cult was Uppsala, and he was once said to be king of the Swedes. His reign was one of peace and plenty. While Freyr reigned in Sweden, a certain Frodi ruled the Danes, and the Danes attributed this age of prosperity to him. Frodi (Fróði) was also conveyed ceremoniously in a chariot, and some have seen him as no other than a doublet of Freyr. Freyr was said to be ancestor of the Ynglingar, the Swedish royal family. Such myths are connected with the concept of "divine kingship" in the Germanic world, but earlier views on "sacral royalty" are now being challenged.


      One day Freyr was sitting in Hliðskjálf, and saw the giant-maiden Gerður
      daughter of Gymir. She seemed to him the most beautiful of all maidens,
      and he was filled with longing and sorrow, but dared not tell the other
      gods, who worried about him. Of all the Giants Gymir was now the most
      terrible, and a sworn enemy of Ásgarður, and therefore a bond of matrimony
      between the Gods and Gymir would be a shameful thing indeed, and most
      dangerous for all of creation. Nevertheless Freyr's passion became so
      overwhelming that he felt that he would die unless Gerður become his.
      He opened his heart to Svipdagur, and it came to pass that Svipdagur
      went to Gerður in order to propose marriage on Freyr's behalf. He took
      with him the ring Draupnir and eleven golden apples, but she would only
      accept the proposal on three conditions: that her father Gymir receive
      Völundur's sword; that Svipdagur and Freyja fetch her and accompany her
      into Ásgarður; and that she become one of the Goddesses in Ásgarður.


      The Gods accepted unwillingly, and thus forfeited the certain victory,
      which the sword had ensured. The sword was a great gain for the giants,
      even if they would never be able to use it without destroying themselves.
      Gymir gave the sword into the keeping of his kinsman Eggþér, who buried
      it deep below the earth in the Iron-Wood (Járnviður).


      Svipdagur went to Gymir's hall along with Freyja. They planned to
      betray the Giants. Þórr and Ullur rode secretly to the north, and
      hid themselves near to Gymir's mountainous abode. Gymir told Svipdagur
      that he planned to keep Freyja, and proposed that he himself marry
      Gerður. Thus he would regain the sword of revenge, be able to fulfil
      the blood vengeance which he had sworn, overthrow the God-powers and
      himself become Lord of the Universe. Svipdagur pretended to accept
      this, and now a double wedding was prepared. Just in time Þórr and
      Ullur burst into the rocky hall. Svipdagur grabbed his weapons, and
      Freyja fought valiantly by her husband's side. Gymir and all his clan
      were slaughtered after a violent battle, and the Gods brought Gerður
      into Ásgarður.

      Freyr (fray-er), Frey, Fro - (also Ingve-Frey) Vana-God, brother-consort of Freyja; son of Njord and Njord's sister. "The Lord", fertility and creativity God; "the Lover"; God of Yule. He is the god of wealth and peace and contentment. Blood was not allowed to be spilled through violence, nor where weapons or outlaws allowed on or in his holy places. He owns the boar, Gullinbursti, the ship, Skidbladnir, and a magic sword, that moves by itself through the air. Gerd, a Giantess, is his wife. Sensual love, fertility, growth, abundance, wealth, bravery, horses, boars, protector of ships and sailors, peace, joy happiness, rain, beauty, weather, guarantor of oaths, groves, sunshine, plant growth, sex. He ruled over the land of the light elves, Alfheim.

      Frey, also known as Fro Ing, is Son to Niord and brother to Freya. Apparently, Frey?s mother is Niord?s sister. He is married to the giantess Gerd and they have a son named Fiolnir.
      Frey is the god of kings, especially in Denmark and Sweden. Known, as the god of frith (fruitful peace) and of good weather, this ?God of the World? rides a boar named Gullenbursti. It was made out of an ingot of gold and boar skin.
      He also has a boat called Skidhbladnir. It fits in his pocket and can grow to any size he needs it to be. Fro Ing gave up his horse, Blodhughofi, and his sword to his best friend Skinir. With this sword and steed he went to Muspellheim and convinced Gerd to marry Frey. His hall is Alfheim, world of the elves.
      At Ragnarok, Frey will fight with a Stag?s horn and be killed by Surt, the fire giant.
    Person ID I6154  Hougham
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2000 

    Father Njord King of the Swedes,   b. 0214 
    Mother Skadi 
    Family ID F2422  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gerd,   b. 0239, Uppsala Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Fjolnir,   b. 0256, Uppsala Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Hleithra Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F2420  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart