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Aegir

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    Aegir's the guy the gods look to for a rollicking good time. He's renowned for his awesome parties—parties so big that Aegir needs a cauldron a mile wide just to hold all the mead. Everybody's willing to go way out of their way to Aegir's hall on the Island of Hlér, twelve miles out to sea, to get to them. He's so well-known as a party-planner that it's sometimes hard to remember that he's also a sea god (in fact, his name actually means "sea" in Old Icelandic). He's also (maybe, possibly) a giant—his origins are a little murky. Kind of like the sea when he opts to stir it up into a frenzy.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Aegir

    Nickname

    Gymir (Lokasenna) and Hlér (Skáldskaparmal); The Host with the Most; The Sea God

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Hlér's Isle

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    God of the Sea, King of the Sea Creatures, Party Planner

    Education

    Asgard School of Sorcery

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Life's a party

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Fornjot (father)

    Siblings

    Kari, ruler of the wind; Logi, ruler of fire

    Children

    Nine beautiful daughters: Himinglaeva, Dúfa, Blóðughadda, Hefring, Uðr, Hrönn, Bylgja, Dröfn, and Kólga

    Friends

    All the Aesir—Everybody wants to be my friend so they can get invites to my awesome parties.

    Enemies

    Loki, who killed my servant

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Rán, a sea-goddess

    Interested in

    Good Hostesses

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Come Dine With Me 
    Party Mamas 
    Jersey Shore 

    Quotations

    "One does not leave a convivial party before closing time."
    – Winston Churchill

    "I'm coming up, so you better get this party started."
    – Pink

    "Let's paint the town, we'll shut it down / Let's burn the roof, and then we'll do it again."
    – Black Eyed Peas

    "At a dinner party, one should eat wisely, but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely."
    – Somerset Maugham

    Books

    Candide by Voltaire 
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
    The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde 
    A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare 
    Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf 
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac 
    Howl by Alan Ginsberg 
    "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick 
    A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway 
    Moby-Dick by Herman Melville 
    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 
    Party Like a Rock Star by Jes Gordon 

    Music

    I Gotta Feeling by the Black-Eyed Peas 
    Get the Party Started by Pink 
    I Like It by Enrique Iglesias 
    Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) by Katy Perry 
    Tubthumping by Chumbawumba
    Rude Boy by Rihanna 
    Friday I'm in Love by The Cure 
    Saturday Night by the Bay City Rollers 

    Movies

    Can't Hardly Wait 
    The Hangover 
    Old School 
    Hot Tub Time Machine 
    Superbad 
    Get Him to the Greek 
    Cocktail 
    Saturday Night Fever 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Parties
    Good Food and Drink
    The Sea
    Unusual Baby Names

    Interests

    Oceanography
    Marine Biology
    Event Planning
    Culinary Arts
    Home Brewing
    Interior Decorating

    Groups

    Hosts with the Most
    Sea Gods
    Event Planners Association 
    National Kitchen and Bath Association 
    World Ocean Council 

  • Spotter's Guide

    Humans don't usually go looking for Aegir, because he's been known to swamp their boats and store their bodies in his hall if he's in a bad mood. That's not enough to keep the gods away, though, because Aegir throws awesome parties. In fact, you'll probably hear the raucous crowd and smell the mead long before you get near the Island of Hlér, home of Aegir and his wife and nine daughters. Some people say Aegir's a giant. If that's the case, you'll probably find him easily amongst the smaller Aesir he's hosting. If not, just look for the guy at the center of the partying crowd. He'll be making sure everybody's mead cup is full and that a good time is had by all.

    Sex: Male
    Age: Old enough to have nine daughters. You do the math.
    Build: Possibly gigantic
    Complexion: Tan from all that ocean sun
    Hair Color: White or sea-foam green
    Facial Hair: Very bearded, with a handlebar mustache
    Scars/marks/tattoos: Nope
    Jewelry and accessories: Many kettles, and gold so shiny it lights up his hall during feasts (saves him money on candles)
    Clothing: As little as possible, the better to swim with
    Armor: He's a partier, not a fighter.
    Type of Weapon: He can stir up the waves if he's feeling testy.

    Typical Companions

    Servants Fimafeng and Eldir
    Wife Rán
    All the Aegir, who love to attend his parties

    Known Hangouts

    Dinner Parties
    Dance Parties
    Feasts
    Under the Sea
    In his hall on Hlér Island

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 1270 - Dec 20, 1279

    Prose Edda (Lokasenna)

    You know that time when Loki killed Fimafeng and then insulted all the gods? Well Aegir's house was where it all went down. True to form, Aegir was hosting a party for the gods. In the part of the Prose Edda called the Lokasenna, we hear all about it and learn that one of the reasons Aegir was such a popular host was that he had a lot of kettles. Hey, dishes were scarcer in those days than they are now! But even though he had the most kettles, they apparently weren't enough. In the Hymiskvida, Aegir asks Thor and Týr to borrow a mile-wide mead kettle from the giant Hymir so he can host a big party.

    Dec 20, 1199 - Dec 20, 1299

    Poetic Edda (Skáldskaparmál)

    Imagine being at a dinner party next to a guy who spends the entire night talking about all the different poetic ways to say the same word twice… or ten times. (If that sounds fantastic to you, we're betting you'd really enjoy our poetry section.) Well that's pretty much what happens to Aegir when he's seated next to Bragi at Odin's party. And Aegir doesn't seem to mind. In fact, he asks Bragi lots of questions about the origin of poetry and all the different poetic terms, resulting in a whole thesaurus for Icelandic poetry, the Skáldskaparmál.

    Dec 20, 1387

    Fundinn Noregr

    Maybe you've heard that part of the Bible where "so-and-so begat so-and-so who begat so-and-so." Well the Norwegians have the same thing for their ancestors, and it's called the Fundinn Noreg, or "Foundation of Norway." It traces Norwegian families all the way back to giants, and one of these giant ancestors is Aegir.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Stargate SG-1 "New Order," & ff.

    In the Stargate series, stories of ancient gods are evidence of alien races that once inhabited Earth, then left. The Asgard race makes contact with humans once more to protect them from an evil alien race. Aegir is the commander of the Asgard mothership. He doesn't look much like the Aegir we know.