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"Hello, friend of Freyja. What's wrong?"
―Eivor finding a cat in Northwic, 873.[src]-[m]

Freyja was an Isu belonging to the Æsir, later known as the Nordic goddess associated with love, beauty, and fertility.[1] She was also the daughter of Njörðr.[2]

Biography

Freyja's marriage to the Æsirian King Odin of Asgard was considered a largely political move. Over the time of their marriage they had many disputes and infidelities, despite all this a fondness and mutual respect grew between the two in lieu of love. Although Freyja's status as the only Vanirian Queen of Asgard was not largely accepted by the populace, she became quite comfortable in her role as their queen and enjoyed adding more civilized touches to their otherwise war-centered lives.[3]

At some point during the marriage, Freyja gave birth to Odin's son Baldr whom they loved dearly. When Baldr was an adult, he was killed with mistletoe by Loki.[4]

As the Great Catastrophe approached, Freyja and the other eight Norse Isu uploaded their DNA data into Yggdrasil to be later redistributed into the human gene pool.[5] Millennia later in the 9th century, Freyja was successfully reincarnated as Svala.[6]

Legacy and influence

In Nordic culture, cats were considered sacred to Freyja, and akin to her in their character, being free spirits who tended to be aloof and haughty.[7]

Freyja had a totem named after her in the popular dice game Orlog, played during the 9th century. The piece "Freyja's Plenty" would allow a player to roll additional dice on their turn. An Anglo-Saxon man in Donecaestre, Eurviscire possessed the piece, which he gave to the Viking shieldmaiden Eivor Varinsdottir of the Raven Clan after being defeated.[8]

Behind the scene

Freyja in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla is seemingly an amalgamation of the goddesses Freyja and Frigg. They are often confused for each other in retelling of Norse mythology, occasionally they are portrayed as being one in the same however.[9]

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References

  1. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaWedding Horns
  2. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaNjord's Lament
  3. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaDatabase: Freyja
  4. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla21st century conversations
  5. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaAnimus Anomalies
  6. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaA Brother's Keeper
  7. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaFreyja's Friend
  8. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
  9. Wikipedia-W-visual-balanced.svg Freyja on Wikipedia

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