The Gods & Goddesses
There is a case for the gods being the main reason people are first drawn to Heathenry. Many Heathens that join Asatru UK come to the religion after an experience with an individual or multiple gods, be it in dreams, visions or physical experiences. There is also the draw from the age-old stories of the gods, not everybody has an experience. These aren't just gods that preach peace, conversion and happiness, these are also gods of war, fertility, wrath and sometimes cunning.
For further reading, we elaborate on this subject in our Traveller's collection book, "A Travellers Guide to Modern Heathenry".
Odin - the Allfather, Chief of the Gods of Asgard and God of wisdom.
Thor - God of Thunder, Protector of Asgard and Midgard
Yngvi-Freyr (or just Freyr) - Vanir hostage and God of Fertility
Vidar - Odin's Avenger who kills Fenrir and survives Ragnarok
Baldr - known as the Bright God, is killed by his brother who was tricked by Loki. Baldr will return from Hel after Ragnarok.
Vali - Baldr's Avenger who also survives Ragnarok
Heimdall - Guardian of the Gods and Father of Mankind
Tyr - God of Sky and War, lost his hand during the binding of Fenrir
Njord - Vanir Hostage, God of Fertility, Wealth and Wind.
Bragi - God of Poetry and Wisdom
Hod - blind son of Odin tricked into killing his brother Baldr by Loki. Joins his brother Baldr on his return from Hel after Ragnarok
Forseti - God of Justice
Loki - seen as a God of Mischief but is a pivotal figure in the stories of the gods.
Hoenir - Aesir hostage following the Aesir\Vanir War, Aesir told the Vanir he was the wisest among them
Mimir - Aesir hostage and wise God whose head the Vanir sent back to Odin when they realised that Hoenir was not as wise as the Aesir said. Odin magically preserved Mimirs head.
Frigg - wife of Odin, and his adversary in their games with human lives
Freya - Vanir, Goddess of Fertility, Magic and Love
Fulla - Friggs secret keeper
Gerd - Jotun wife of Freyr, seen as an Earth Goddess
Gefion - turned her 4 sons into bulls and ploughs Zealand away from Scandinavia
Gna - Frigg's messenger
Skadi - Jotun wife of Njord and later Odin, seen as a Goddess of Winter
Idunn - Keeper of the Apples of Youth who is married to Bragi
Nanna - wife of Baldr and mother of Forseti
Hnoss - daughter of Freya and Odr
Rind - mother of Vali
Siofn - Goddess of Marriage\Relationships
Saga - Odin's drinking partner
Sigyn - Loki's wife
Sif - Wife of Thor with magical golden hair, often associated with summer and harvests
Var - Goddess of Marriage\Relationships
Thrud - Thor's daughter
Rán - Goddess in who's hall those who drown at sea reside
Eir - missed off the list in Skaldskaparmal but attested in Gylfaginning, Eir is seen as the Goddess of Healing.