- Means love and friend
- Norse Religion -a group of gods associated with fertility, wisdom, nature, magic, and the ability to see the future
- Two groups of gods
- In the Poetic Edda, the Prose Edda, Vanir are only attested in these Old Norse sources
- Vanir is sometimes anglicized to Wanes
- The deities are described as Njörðr, Freyr and Freyja as members of the Vanir
- A euhemerized prose account reports a tale involving king Sveigðir‘s visit to Vanaheimr, where he meets a woman by the name of Vana and the two produce a child named Vanlandi (whose name means “Man from the Land of the Vanir”).
- Scholars have theorized that the Vanir may be connected to small pieces of gold foil found in Scandinavia at some building sites from the Migration Period to the Viking Age and occasionally in graves