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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.
"God of Chariots," "The Giving God" (from Skáldskaparmál, Ch. 6); Skaði's Mistake; the Njordinator
God of the Sea, the Winds, and Fertility
A longer-than-usual share of winters in this world (hard knocks, you know)
Save our seas—fight global warming! I also support sustainable seafood consumption.
Middle-Earthling fishermen; Middle-Earthlings hoping for gifts from me; Odin
Separated from my Vanir sister/wife (don't judge, we had a good thing going!); separated from my wife Skadi
Vanir goddesses; not giantesses
"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these sufficient reasons for remaining ashore."
"The Seafarer" by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon
Sloop John B by The Beach Boys