Viking ships are awesome. It's just a fact. Imagine being the head honcho on one of those things. Actually, imagine being the head honcho of all the head honchos—and that's Njord for you. Since seafaring was super important for medieval Scandinavians, it's no wonder that their sea god is a heavy hitter.
Njord first arrived in Asgard as a peace hostage in the Aesir-Vanir war—drama! Along with his son and daughter Freyr and Freyja, Njord quickly became one of Asgard's most important citizens. It doesn't hurt that Njord is pretty generous when it comes to gift-giving. But don't get too excited—he's mostly just doling out good weather and success in fishing.
And how about this for special? According to a prophecy, Njord will be one of the few gods to survive Ragnarok. Booya.
|Nickname||"God of Chariots," "The Giving God" (from Skáldskaparmál, Ch. 6); Skaði's Mistake; the Njordinator|
|Occupation||God of the Sea, the Winds, and Fertility|
|Education||A longer-than-usual share of winters in this world (hard knocks, you know)|
|Political views||Save our seas—fight global warming! I also support sustainable seafood consumption.|
|Children||Freyr and Freyja; plus nine beautiful daughters, including Ráðveig (the eldest) and Kreppvör (the youngest)|
|Friends||Middle-Earthling fishermen; Middle-Earthlings hoping for gifts from me; Odin|
|Relationship status||Separated from my Vanir sister/wife (don't judge, we had a good thing going!); separated from my wife Skadi|
|Interested in||Vanir goddesses; not giantesses|
|Quotations||"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these sufficient reasons for remaining ashore."|
– Vincent Van Gogh
"Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well-timed."
– Jean de la Bruyere
"All marriages are happy. It's the living together afterwards that causes all the trouble."
– Raymond Hull
"O wise man! Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others. The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet."
"The lone-flier screams, urges onto the whale-road
the unresisting heart across the waves of the sea."
– "The Seafarer"
|Books||"The Seafarer" by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon|
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The Odyssey by Homer
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Ode to the West Wind" by Percy Bysse Shelley
The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
"Ulysses" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
|Music||Sloop John B by The Beach Boys|
Orinoco Flow by Enya
Yellow Submarine by The Beatles
Sailing by Rod Stewart
Sail Away by David Gray
In the Navy by The Village People
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean (Scottish folksong) (I like the recording by the Beatles in their pre-Beatles days)
Brandi by Looking Glass
|Movies||The Secret of Roan Inish|
The Perfect Storm
On Golden Pond
Master and Commander
The Day After Tomorrow
|TV Shows||Deadliest Catch|
Chased by Sea Monsters
Fishing poles and nets
The sounds of sea birds
Long walks on the beach
Longing for the sea
Ichthyology (the study of fish)
|Groups||Gods of Asgard|
Asgard Senior Citizens Association
Danish Fishermen's Association
World Meteorological Organization