As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
vanr Old Norse word can mean:
- m. [cp. Vaïnomoïnen, the son of Ukko, in the Finnish poem Kalevala]:—one of the gods, Vanir, used in sing. of Njörd; kalla Vanaguð Vana nið eðr Van, Edda i. 260; nama goðbrúðr una Vani (dat.), Skálda.
- II. usually in pl. Vanir, in northern mythology the gods who waged war with the Asir, but were afterwards combined and made one with them; this is recorded in Vsp. 28, 30, Yngl. S. ch. 4, Edda 47 (the legend of Kvasir), also in the myth of Hænir, 15, Vþm. 39; the gods Frey, Freyja, Njörd, and Hænir belonged to the tribe of Wanir; með vísum Vönum, id.
- COMPDS: Vanadís, Vanaguð, Vanaheimar.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚢᛅᚾᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- idem, referring to the passage quoted or to the translation
Works & Authors cited:
- Edda. (C. I.)
- Skálda. (H. I.)
- Völuspá. (A. I.)
- Vafþrúðnis-mál. (A. I.)
- Yngl. S.
- Ynglinga Saga. (C. II.)
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