Aegir is the god of the sea in Norse mythology. He was both worshipped and feared by sailors, for they believed that Aegir would occasionally appear on the surface to take ships, men and cargo alike, with him to his hall at the bottom of the ocean. Sacrifices were made to appease him, particularly prisoners before setting sail.
Aegir's clergy teach that those hoping for safe voyages across the sea must appease Aegir. Those that fail to honor Aegir, are often targeted by the clergy ... and woe to the captain that brags about a long voyage without satisfying the stormy god.
TemplesTemples of Aegir are often poor, typically frequented by sailors and fishermen.
Those hoping for safe voyages across the sea must appease Aegir. Fishers, sailors captains, and all those wishing to sail out of sight of shore - Pray to Aegiir! Pray for safety! Pray or earn his wrath!
Aegir is a giant with white hair and a long beard, and is well skilled in the arts of magic. He is often depicted holding a spear or great club. He looks very similar to the Greek god Poseidon.
Aegir is married to Ran, the sea goddess. He is father to nine daughters, the waves, whose names are poetic terms for different characteristics of ocean waves: Himinglæva (that through which one can see the heavens, the transparency of water), Dúfa (the pitching one), Blóðughadda (bloody-hair, red sea foam), Hefring (riser), Uðr or Unn (frothing wave), Hrönn (welling Wave), Bylgja (billow), Dröfn (foam-fleck or "Comber"), Kólga (cool wave).
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