Freya is a goddess in the Norse pantheon. She is a goddess of love and fertility, and it said to have taught witchcraft to the Aesir. One of the Vanir goddesses, she is sister to Frey and the wife of Odur.
Appearance and personality
She is free-spirited, passionate, charismatic, and highly intelligent. She is popular with male deities, and makes her own decisions regarding which men she visits, a fact which a few of the male Aesir find disagreeable. Many scandalous tales are told of Freya, including her dalliance with a group of dwarven smiths in exchange for the priceless necklace Brisingamen. She enjoys romantic poetry.
Freya is strong-willed. She can be impulsive, and prone to anger. However, there is never any evil intent behind her actions.
As a deity, Freya is of superhuman ability, and is immortal unless slain.
Her senses extend to a distance of fifteen miles from herself and from any of her worshipers, holy sites, holy objects, or anywhere her name or one of her titles is spoken. She can literally see magic.
Freya can take control of any person or creature which has the ability to cast at least one spell. She is herself a skilled sorcerer, and can cast arcane spells instantaneously, including spells beyond the 9th level normally attainable by mortals. She can counterspell instantaneously.
Her combat ability is significant. She can move with supreme speed, dodge attacks, and instantaneously move up to 350 feet.
Freya can command fire, and remove curses by a touch. She can assume the form of a falcon or any other sort of bird. It is said that no fire can harm her, no bird will ever attack her, and no other being can ever control her actions, even through magic.
She can create magic weapons, armor, or other magic items used by fighters, wizards or sorcerers. She can create all but the most legendary of items in this way.
Freya is a goddess of fertility, love, magic, vanity, passion, and omens. She has particular control over the domains of air, charm, good, and magic. She is also one of the Norse deities of the dead.
She is the patron of seeresses who wish to predict the future.
Freya watches over women in labor. She and has the power to bless any woman with child, inflame passions between people, and to alleviate pain or injury.
Freya automatically senses anything which occurs involving romance, and instantly knows when any item worth more than 10,000 gp in value is created.
Freya teaches her followers that whatever they do, it should be done with the utmost enthusiasm. Followers of Freya seek to find beauty in magic, and magic in beauty.
While the people of Midgard typically worship the Norse pantheon as a collective group, Freya is particularly followed by a wide variety of people, including bards, sorcerers, wizards, lovers, husbands and wives, elves, gnomes, and half-elves. Those who wish to enter Sessrumnir, particularly female warriors, join Freya's cult.
Freya is particularly popular among mortals due to for her beauty. Among the common folk of Midgard, she is the most popular goddess, and perhaps the third or fourth most popular deity after Odin, Thor, and perhaps her well-liked brother Frey.
Freya prefers female clerics over male, but both are present within her clergy.
Priestesses of Freya are skilled diviners and seeresses, and often travel the land acting as fortune tellers. They are said to have the ability to turn themselves into a horse, sometimes to escape culpability when breaking the law of the land.
Clerics of Freya place importance on her role as a warrior goddess, and spend a great deal of time training for battle. Many are also arcane spellcasters.
Her temples are lavishly decorated with gold, and contain valuable and well-protected displays of jewelry. Visitors who come bearing a gift of jewelry for the temple are always welcome. Gifts of magic items, new magical knowledge, and songs are also valued.
Freya's temples also contain stores of magical knowledge, arcane laboratories, armories, and training grounds for battle.
The identity of her birth mother is less well known, and disputed by the people of Midgard. It is often said to be Skadi, who was Njord's wife. However, it is also said to be Nerthus, an obscure goddess of the Anglo-Saxon pantheon.
Unknown. Freya is well-liked, although as one of the Vanir she is likely to side with the Aesir at Ragnarok.
Allies and minions
Freya's home is the hall Sessrumnir, whose name means "Hall of Chairs". It stands by Folkvang, the "Field of Folk", in Vingolf, part of what was Vanaheim, now considered part of Asgard. Sessrumnir is a place of luxury, and was gifted to Freya by the Aesir. It is said that no person can enter Sessrumnir unless Freya opens the doors.
When the valkyries come to claim heroes who die in battle, half go to Sessrumnir instead of Odin's hall Valhalla. All women who die in battle go to Sessrumnir.
Following the end of the war with the Aesir, the Vanir goddess Freya was one of the gods given to the Aesir as a hostage to secure the peace treaty between the two peoples. She married the Aesir god Odur.
In order to rebuild the wall around Asgard after the war, the Aesir contracted a suspicious builder, the giant Thjassi in disguise, if he could complete it in six months. The goddess Freya was offered in payment, alongside the sun and moon. Loki thereafter cheated to ensure that the giant would not win.
The frost giant Thrym once held Thor's hammer Mjolnir hostage and demanded Freya's hand in marriage in return. When Freya learned of this, she became so enraged that the amulet Brisingamen shattered. Loki came up with the solution to disguise Thor as Freya and Loki as a bridesmaid, and were able to steal the hammer back, whereupon Thor used it to slay all giants present at the wedding feast.
Freya is associated the taltos, a form of sorcerer or spirit shaman born with unique and innate magic.
AD&D 1st edition
She is also detailed in the article For Better or Norse: II, Dragon #110 (Jun 1986), p.24-29.
AD&D 2nd edition
D&D 3rd edition
Freya appears in Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.176-177.
D&D 4th edition
The Norse pantheon does not appear in D&D 4th edition.
D&D 5th edition
Freya is one of twenty Norse gods listed in the Player's Handbook (5e) (2014).
Freya, also spelled Freyja, is a major goddess appearing in Norse myth. Her name is thought to mean "lady" in Old Norse, and is cognate with modern German "Frau", meaning "woman" or "wife". Other Norse goddesess whose name refers to their marriage include Sif ("relation by marriage"), and possibly Nanna ("mama").
In Thrymskvitha, Freya shows her thoughtful nature when she lends her cloak of feathers to Loki so that he can visit Jotunheim to look for Mjolnir. Freya tells Loki, "I would give it to you, even if it were made of gold; I would loan it to you, even if it were made of silver."
Later, when it is suggested that she marry the giant Thrym in order to secure Mjolnir's return, her anger is so great that the halls shake.
Freya's land Folkvang, where she takes half those who die in battle, is attested in Grimnismal. In Voluspa en skamma, she rewards loyal Ottar for building her a temple by having a witch recite his family tree so that he may claim his inheritance; the witch implies that she is taking Ottar to Folkvang. In Lokasenna, Loki claims Freya has slept with many men, including her own brother, and that she is a witch who has dealt many curses.
- On Hallowed Ground (1996), p.143.
- Legends & Lore (1e) (1985), p.102.
- Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.176-177.
- For Better or Norse: II, Dragon #110 (Jun 1986), p.24-29.
- Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (1976), p.31.
- Legends & Lore (2e) (1990), p.180.
- Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.200.
- For better or Norse: I, Dragon #110 (Jun 1986), p.21.
- Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.165.
- Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.163.
- Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.169.
- Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.194.
- The Seven Magical Planets, Dragon #38 (Jun 1980), p.28.
- The Taltos, Dragon #247 (May 1998), p.44.