Njord (also spelled Njörðr or Njörð) is a prominent deity in Norse mythology,  As patriarch of the Vanir deities, Njord led his tribe against the Aesir gods during the Aesir-Vanir War. He would later join the Aesir as part of a peace settlement. He is associated with the sea, wind, fertility, and prosperity. Njord is often depicted as a powerful and benevolent god, and he plays a significant role in various Norse myths and stories.


Njord has been depicted in various artistic forms over the centuries, and different artists may have different interpretations of Njord’s appearance. As such, depictions of Njord could vary based on cultural context, artistic style, and personal interpretations.


Njord married the jötunn Skadi, but their marriage was a loveless one and the two seldom saw each other. While Njord fathered two children , Freyr and Freya their mother was Njord’s sister, and not Skadi.


While Njord’s exact symbols may vary, common symbols associated with him include ships, seashells, fish, and wind-related imagery.

Powers & Duties

Njord’s ability to control the sea and the winds made him a vital deity for sailors and fishermen. He could calm stormy waters and provide favorable winds for safe travel.

Facts About Njord

  • Njord is one of the Vanir gods, a group of deities associated with fertility, nature, and magic. The Vanir are distinct from the Aesir, another tribe of Norse gods. Njord’s role as a Vanir god brought him into contact with the Aesir through the Aesir-Vanir War.
  • Njord and his children, Freyr and Freyja, were sent to live among the Aesir as part of a peace agreement following the Aesir-Vanir War. This exchange of hostages was intended to establish peaceful relations between the two godly tribes.
  • Njord’s marriage to Skadi is a unique story in Norse mythology. Skadi, a giantess associated with mountains and winter, agreed to marry Njord as part of the peace settlement between the Aesir and Vanir. However, their differing preferences for their living environment led to their eventual separation.
  • Norse mythology and paganism have experienced a resurgence of interest in modern times, and Njord remains a figure of intrigue and veneration among those who follow Norse Heathenry and Ásatrú.
  • According to the Vafþrúðnismál of the Poetic Edda, Njord is fated to survive Ragnarök and return once again to the Vanir.

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Njord Facts

Rules over: Sea, Wind, Fertility, Prosperity
Symbols:Ships, Seashells, Fish
Linked Animals:
Greek Similar: Poseidon
Roman Similar: Neptune