"Sacred enclosure." A son of Borr and Bestla, and the brother of Odin and Vili. According to Snorri Sturluson in Gylfaginning, the three brothers slew the giant Ymir and made of him the earth and the heaven. They also fashioned the first man and woman from a pair of trees they had found on the seashore, and endowed them with life. They provided them with clothing and gave them their names (see Askr and Embla).

In Ynglinga saga, Snorri says that Vé and Vili took over Odin's domain during his exile, including his wife Frigg, and Loki accuses her in Lokasenna of having lain with both brothers:

Be thou silent, Frigg!
Thou art Fjörgyn's daughter,
and ever hast been fond of men,
since Ve and Vili, it is said,
thou, Vidrir's wife,
didst both to thy bosom take.

Fjörgyn is an alternative name for Jörð, and Viðrir is another name for Odin.

A is the sacred enclosure surrounding a temple or an open space where worship could take place.



  • Gylfaginning, 9.
  • Lokasenna, 26.
  • Ynglinga saga, 3.