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Aegir – God of the Ocean

Aegir – God of the Ocean

Mar 15, 2013

Aegir was god of the ocean and king of sea creatures in Norse mythology. Married to Ran the sea goddess, he was father to nine daughters, the waves, whose names are poetic terms for different characteristics of ocean waves, and are listed below: Himinglæva – That through which one can see the heavens (the transparency of water). Dúfa – The Pitching One. Blóðughadda – Bloody-Hair (red sea foam). Hefring – Riser. Uðr (or Unn) – Frothing Wave. Hrönn – Welling Wave. Bylgja – Billow. Dröfn – Foam-Fleck (or “Comber”). Kólga – Cool Wave. He is known for hosting elaborate parties for the gods. A particular party, mentioned in the Lokasenna, finds Aegir brewing an ale in an enormous cauldron provided by Thor and...