Freyr is the god of sun and rain, and the patron of bountiful harvests. He is both a god of peace and a brave warrior. He is also the ruler of the Ljósálfar. Freyr is the most prominent and most beautiful of the male members of the Vanir, and is called ‘God of the World’. After the merging of the Aesir and the Vanir, Freyr was called ‘Lord of the Aesir’. Freyr was also called upon to grant a fertile marriage.
He is married to the beautiful giantess Gerðr, and is the son of Njörðr. His sister is Freyja. He rides a chariot pulled by the golden boar Gullinbursti which was made for him by the Svartálfar Brokk and Eitri. He owns the ship Skidbladnir (“wooden-bladed”), which always sails directly towards its target, and which can become so small that it can fit in Freyr’s pocket. He also possesses a sword that would by itself emerge from its sheath and spread a field with carnage whenever the owner desired it.
Freyr’s shield bearer and servant is Skirnir, to whom he gave his sword, which Skirnir demanded as a reward for making Gerðr his wife. On the day of Ragnarok he will battle without weapons (for he gave his sword away to Skirnir), and will be the first to be killed by the fire giant Surtr.
Freyr’s cult concerns itself with the daily affairs of those who live off the land. The clergy work in the fields and forests alongside the faithful, providing good examples of proper stewardship. They freely dispense advice when asked, but look favorably on those who learn from their example rather than their words. Freyr expects his worshipers to learn from the clergy and to practice efficient use of the available land. He despises waste and teaches his followers to respect and cherish the bounty of the land.
Clergy and Temples
Freyr’s clergy rarely wear armor or carry weapons when not actively adventuring, though they are quick to take up arms and armor against those who threaten to despoil the land. When encountered in the fields, only their holy symbols mark them as different from the other farmers. Communities with strong ties to Freyr often have large álfar populations or stand near forests containing álfar villages. Freyr’s temples are rare in urban areas.
Those seeking him are better advised to look in rural areas among the farmers and ranchers who particularly revere him. The large wooden halls generally contain a watchtower both to guard the fields and to observe the weather. Surrounding the halls are horse stables, armories (since weapons aren’t permitted in the temple), granaries, seed stores, and many small thriving vegetable gardens. Freyr’s temples often breed the best horses in the region.
Visitors to Freyr’s temples receive friendly welcomes, with true warmth reserved for sylvan, fey, and álfar worshipers. Those with news of threats to the land or to the local álfar receive the full attention of the clergy. Good rangers and druids can count on a place to sleep and a free meal at any of Freyr’s temples.
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