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.
Gymir (Lokasenna) and Hlér (Skáldskaparmal); The Host with the Most; The Sea God
God of the Sea, King of the Sea Creatures, Party Planner
Asgard School of Sorcery
Life's a party
Kari, ruler of the wind; Logi, ruler of fire
Nine beautiful daughters: Himinglaeva, Dúfa, Blóðughadda, Hefring, Uðr, Hrönn, Bylgja, Dröfn, and Kólga
All the Aesir—Everybody wants to be my friend so they can get invites to my awesome parties.
Loki, who killed my servant
Rán, a sea-goddess
"One does not leave a convivial party before closing time."
Candide by Voltaire
I Gotta Feeling by the Black-Eyed Peas
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.
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
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.
Servants Fimafeng and Eldir
All the Aegir, who love to attend his parties
Under the Sea
In his hall on Hlér Island
Dec 20, 1270 - Dec 20, 1279
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
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
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
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.