At some point, Odin wished to unite the Aesir to the Vanir. He came to Vanaheim but Freyr refused his proposal, answering that the Vanir would remain independent and refused to bow. Odin, infuriated, gave Freyr an ultimatum until dawn to accept the merger.
The next day, Odin and the Aesir met Freyr and the Vanir, powered by Surtur's fire on the field, and war broke out between the Odinkind and the Vanir.
The war prevented Aesir-Vanir interactions, such as the planned wedding of Siri and Heimdall.
During a truce, Vanir and Aesir exchanged peace hostages. Among those given by Odin to his rivals were Mimir who, for unrevealed reasons, was decapitated. His living, talking head was sent back to the All-Father. That murder was witnessed from afar by Buri.
Still recluse, Buri used his powers to witness that event as well.
Final Truce and Peace
Years later, Odin came to Freyr, offering him a truce. Considering that Freyr would never surrender and was ready to sacrifice his people, and that himself knew he would win even after centuries of war, he proposed Freyr to marry his daughter Freyja in order to unite their people truly.
Odin and Freyja were married in the Temple of Union of Vanaheim, settling peace between their people, yet to be validated by the birth of a royal heir, although it was also sometimes considered that Odin had defeated and annexed the Vanir to Asgard.
Political and Sociological Impacts
No matter the peace, and despite the fact that the records of the war were destroyed, a certain grudge existed among the Vanir towards the Aesir and Asgard remained. That grudge was even beared by Njord, who despised the Aesir. Although, Vanir and Aesir mixed, and couples were wed at the Temple of Union.
Born long after Freyja's marriage, her sister Gullveig was named Steward of Vanaheim, ruling the realm, while Freyja represented "the Fallen Vanir" on the outside, such as in the Congress of Worlds.
The Heir and the War of Angels
During the War of Angels, all Ten Realms battled each others, but none allied with Asgard. At some point, the Angels attacked Asgard, and the newborn Aldrif was seemingly killed by the Queen of Angels. That story was hidden, and so no royal heir was known, meaning that the Aesir and Vanir remained two conjoined tribes instead of a single one, as Freyja was too devastated to be willing to sire another heir.
The War of Burning
Years later, Surtur had Gullveig to rebel against Asgard, offering them the same gifts as to Freyr, along with his and the Manchester Gods' technologies. The rebel Vanir and the Engels destroyed the Temple of Union and war broke between them and all on the Nine Realms. Along came confusion and distrust among the Asgardians, who served under Freyja, a Vanir queen.
- At some point, Freyja gave birth to Balder, from an union with Odin, possibly before her marriage. His and his brothers's (Hermod and Tyr) status remains blurry as far.
- Freyja noticed that the war was named that way because "history was written by the particularly unimaginative winners".
- Media "Aesir/Vanir War" was Mentioned in
- Images showing "Aesir/Vanir War"
- Event Gallery: Aesir/Vanir War
Links and References
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #2; Tiwaz's entry
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Mighty Thor #18
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Thor Annual #7
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Angela: Asgard's Assassin #3
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Thor #274
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Thor: Asgard's Avenger #1; Mimir's entry
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Mighty Thor #19
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Angela: Asgard's Assassin #2
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Journey into Mystery #642
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Original Sin #5.3
- ↑ Mighty Thor #10
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Original Sin #5.1
- ↑ Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1
- ↑ Avengers NOW! #1; Aldrif Odinsdottir's entry
- ↑ Thor: Season One #1
- ↑ Thor Vol 3 #10
- ↑ Kieron Gillen on Tumblr
- ↑ Kieron Gillen about Tyr and Hermod
- ↑ Angela: Asgard's Assassin #2: Freyja stated she hadn't other children while Odin had