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Falcon Coat – The magical feathered coat of the goddess Freya. When worn it turned the wearer into a falcon.

Fafnir, Fåvne – Fafnir is the son of Hreidmar and brother of Otter and Regin. He was killed as a dragon by Sigurd Fafnisbari when he guarded his gold treasure.

Fáfnir’s Lair – A kenning for Gold, because of the great hoard of gold found in the lair of this dragon.

Fal – A Dwarf.

Falhofnir – (“Shaggy Forelock”) Horse of the Æsir used to ride to Gladsheim, their Court of Justice, each day.

Fallfordarv – The doorstep in the death Goddess, Hel’s stronghold Eljudnir in Nifilhel. Nifelhel is the place that welcomes people who have died unhonored in battle.

Famine – Famine is the Death Goddess Hel’s knife.

Farbauti – (“Cruel Smiter”) A Fire Giant. He is married to Laufey and is the father of Loki, Byleist and Helblindi. Laufey gave birth to Loki while being struck by a bolt of fire from Farbauti.

Faring Forth – The Seidh practice of leaving the physical body to travel forth in spirit to other realms. Travel out of the body, astral projection.

Farmagud – (“God of Cargoes”) Another name for Odin.

Feathercoat – A feathercoat transforms the user into a bird. Freya has a falcon coat that Loki often borrows. Odin and the Giant Tjatsi each have an eagle coat.

Fenja – One of the two Jotun giantesses who are able to produce gold with the giant mill “Grotte”.

Fenrir, Fenris, Fenrisulven – Monster wolf offspring of Loki with Giantess Angrboda, brother of Hel and the World Serpent. The Gods raised the wolf in Asgard but only Tyr had the courage to feed it. Soon the gods grew concerned, seeing how fast it grew daily. Nothing could bind him until the Dwarves manufactured a chain that was made out of the roots of a mountain, the noise of a moving cat, and the breath of a fish. Fenrir bit off Tyr’s left hand when the Gods tricked him into being bound with the fetter, Gleipnir. They tied the chain to a great boulder (Gjöll) and drove it deep into the earth. Then, to make sure, they covered that rock with another huge boulder (Thviti) and sank it on top as a fastening peg. As a gag for the howling wolf, they shoved a sword into his mouth so that the hilt was in its lower jaw and the point in the upper. Still he howls horribly. There he will lie until Ragnarök At Ragnarok he will kill Odin and then will be slain by Vidar, son of Odin. He is father to Hati.

Fensalir – Frigga’s hall in Asgard.

Fetch, fylgja – The fetch is an independent form, a soul aspect, that is attached to a person though not actually a part of the person. It appears to the mind’s eye in a variety of forms- in the form of an animal (fetch-deer) or of the opposite sex (fetch-wife or fetch-man), even in a purely geometrical shape. Its purpose is to assist the person it is attached to in other realms.

Field of Warriors – Another name for Freya’s hall, also called “Folkvang”.

Fili – Soil-dwelling Dwarf

Fimbulwinter – (“The Mighty Winter”) The three-year-long winter that will proceed Ragnarok.

Finn – A Dwarf.

Fire Giants – The inhabitants of Muspellheim, sworn enemies of the gods.

Fjalar [Fyah-klar] -1) Fjalar is a mean Dwarf, who with the help of his brother, Galar, kills the Giant Kvæsir. They make the Mead of Poetry from his blood, but they later are forced to give it away. 2) The cock whose crowing wakes the Giants for the final struggle of Ragnarok.

Fjölkunnig kona – ON. A wise woman in ancient Iceland. A cunning-woman or witch, but not necessarily in a derogatory sense.

Fjölkunnig madhr – ON. A wise man in ancient Iceland.

Fölkyngi – ON. Skilled in the magical arts, literally “much knowledge”. Traditional word for “witchcraft.”

Folkvang – The domicile of Freya. Half of all warriors who die in battle arrives here, the others become eternal warriors in Valhalla.

Fjolnir – Minor God of wisdom and learning. Possibly another name for Odin.

Fjölsvid – (“One Who is Very Wise”) A by-name of Odin.

Fjolvar – The Giant Fjolvar owns the island Allgron, where he and Odin spent five years seducing seven foolish girls.

Fjörgynn – Weather God, father of Frigga.

Flærdg-stafir – ON: deception runes (galdrastafir).

Folkvang, Folkvangr – (“”Folk-field””) Domain of Freya, which is also called “Field of Warriors”. Her hall is Sessrúmnir. Half of all warriors who die in battle arrives here, the others become eternal warriors in Valhalla.

Forfeit-horn – Thor could not finish drinking the water in it. It was magically attached to the ocean. Thor’s drinking created the tides.

Formáli – pl. formalár. ON: Formulaic speeches used to load action with magical intent.

Forn Sedh – In Sweden and some other Northern European counties, Ásatrú is known by this name.

Forseti – (“The Presiding One”) Axe-God of justice, savior of the devout, winner of just lawsuits. He represents justice, good laws, arbitration, peace, fairness, good judgment. Son of Balder and Nanna. His hall is called Glitner.

Foster Parents – Fathers often used to pay to send their sons to be looked after by foster parents. This was considered the best way to train youngsters.

Framsynn – ON. Far-sighted. Blessed with the gift of seeing into the future.

Franang’s Falls – A waterfall in Midgard where Loki, who shape-shifted as a salmon to hide from the gods, was captured.

Freki – (“Ravenous”) One of Odin’s two wolves. The other one is Geri. They get all the meat that is served to Odin in Valhalla because he himself prefers wine.

Freyr (fray-er), Frey, Fro, Ingve-Frey – (“The Lord”) Vana-God, brother-consort of Freya; son of Njord and Njord’s sister, Nerthus. Fertility and creativity God; God of Yule; God of wealth and peace and contentment. Blood was not allowed to be spilled through violence, nor where weapons or outlaws allowed on or in his holy places. He owns the boar, Gullinbursti, the ship, Skidbladnir, and a magic sword, that moves by itself through the air. Gerd, a Giantess, is his wife. Sensual love, fertility, growth, abundance, wealth, bravery, horses, boars, protector of ships and sailors, peace, joy happiness, rain, beauty, weather, guarantor of oaths, groves, sunshine, plant growth, sex. He ruled over the land of the light elves, Alfheim. He is also the ancestor of the royal bloodline of the Yngling family, early rulers of Norway/Sweden/Denmark.

Freya, Freyja – (“The Lady”) Member of the Vanir who lives with the Æsir, daughter of Njord, sister-consort of Freyr. Her emblem is the necklace Brisingamen. Hers is the magic of reading runes, trancing and casting spells. She is said to have taught Seidh to Odin. She owns a falcon cloak, takes dove form, rides in a chariot drawn by two cats, or rides a boar. As leader of the Valkyries, she takes half those slain in battle and is traditionally associated with death and sexuality. She was married to the God Od, perhaps identical to Odin, who mysteriously disappeared. Freya had two daughters, Hnoss and Gersimi, with Od. She weeps tears of gold, which become amber, called “Freya’s Tears”.

Freya’s Tears – A kenning for Amber. When she could not find her husband Od, Freya shed tears of gold. The tears that hit trees turned into amber.

Frid – (“The Good-Looking”) Frid is one of the Love-Goddess Freya’s eight sisters. The God of storms and fishing, Njord is her father. The Fertility God Freyr is her brother.

Friagabis – (“The Free Giver”) Saxon goddess of plenty.

Frigg, Frigga, Frija – (The Loving) Frigga is the clairvoyant mistress of Asgard.She know the fates of all men and gods, although she does not desire to prophesy. Daughter of Fjorgynn and Fjordgyn. She is Odin’s wife, with whom she has six sons and one daughter, including Balder and Hodur. Æsir Goddess of settled civilization, she represents married sexuality. Her hall is Fensalir. She is the Goddess of childbirth, sun symbolism, and is an aspect of fate.

Frith – Fruitful peace, happiness. The true Teutonic word for “peace” which carries with it the implication of “freedom”.

Fro – (“Lord”) Byname of Freyr.

Frodi – A Vanir god whose name means “The Fruitful One”

Fródleikr – ON: wisdom or learning. Magical learning from which all other abilities come. See Framsynn (farsight), Ófreskir (insight into the otherworld), Bregda Sér (shapeshifting, the power to confuse and disorient one’s enemies), Hamfarir (shapeshifting, traveling in animal form), Rammaukinn (possession of supernormal strength).

Frosti – A Dwarf.

Frowe – (“Lady”) By-name of Freya.

Frost-Giants – Most of the Frost Giants drowned in Ymir’s blood when the gods killed him, and their souls migrated down into the northernmost part of the Underworld, the dark and foggy Niflhel. A few of the youngest Frost-Giants barely escaped, and crawled onto the beach of the northernmost part of the Earth, which is called Jotunheimr

Fulla – (“The Filler”) Sister of Frigga, also called Volla. She carries the coffer of life and death. Although a virgin, she represents aspects of sexuality. Fulla was also known as Abundia, or Abundantia in some parts of Germany, where she was considered the symbol of the fullness of the earth. Nanna sent her a finger ring from Hel. She is described as an Æsir Goddess with long hair and a golden snood.

Fundin – Soil-dwelling Dwarf.

Fylgja – A manifestation of a part of a person’s soul that can take on independent action as it can contain portions of a persons hughr and minni. The fylgja can also be used by the person in times of need for such things as travel to one of the nine worlds. Being able to take the form of the fylgja can be developed over time. The fylgja generally takes on the form of an animal or of the opposite sex of the person that it is attached to. It can and often is passed along ancestral lines. See also “fetch”.

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