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(also Freyja), in Scandinavian mythology, the goddess of fertility, love, and beauty. Freya is the sister and sometimes the wife of Frey. She is married to Odin, for whom she searches the earth and weeps golden tears. “Freya” is evidently a later name for the goddess Frigg.
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goddess of love, beauty, and fecundity; beautiful, blue-eyed blonde. [Norse Myth.: Leach, 425]
goddess of agriculture, peace, and plenty. [Norse Myth.: Payton, 257]
goddess of eternal youth. [Ger. Myth. and Opera: Wagner, Rheingold, Westerman, 232]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.