Njörðr, Freyr and Freyja are appointed as priests and priestess by Óðinn. They are associated with sacrifice and magic.
4c. [Ófriður við Vani]
Njörð og Frey setti Óðinn bló...
Óðinn appointed Njörðr and Fr...
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This episode occurs within the longer narrative Ynglinga saga, the first in the collection of kings’ sagas known as Heimskringla which were probably compiled by the 13th-century Icelandic scholar Snorri Sturluson. In this episode, the gods are placed in a historicised, as opposed to mythological, context. Óðinn is depicted as a chieftain ruling in Svíþjóð (Sweden) and Njörðr, Freyr and Freyja are his hostages following the Æsir-Vanir war.
(Contributed by Anna Millward.)
Main text: Ynglinga saga
Text sections: Hkr Yng 4cII