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Freyr (sometimes anglicized Frey, from *frawjaz "lord") is one of the most important gods of Norse paganism
Norse paganism is the religious traditions of the Norsemen, a Germanic people living in the Nordic countries. Norse paganism is therefore a subset of Germanic paganism, which was practiced in the lands inhabited by the Germanic tribes across most of Northern and Central Europe in the Viking Age...
. Freyr was highly associated with farming, weather and, as a phallic
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fertility god, Freyr "bestows peace and pleasure on mortals". Freyr, sometimes referred to as Yngvi
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-Freyr, was especially associated with Sweden and seen as an ancestor of the Swedish royal house.
In the Iceland
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ic books the Poetic Edda
The Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse poems primarily preserved in the Icelandic mediaeval manuscript Codex Regius. Along with Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda, the Poetic Edda is the most important extant source on Norse mythology and Germanic heroic legends, and from the early 19th century...
and the Prose Edda
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, Freyr is presented as one of the Vanir
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, the son of the sea god Njörðr, brother of the goddess Freyja.