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Vidar: Norse God of War and Silence

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Vidar: Norse God of War and Silence


Who is Vidar?

Vidar (pronounced "HIV-dar"; from the old Norse Víðarr, which could mean "the great ruler") is one of the younger generation of gods who survive Ragnarok, the cataclysmic end of the cosmos in Norse mythology.

(In some accounts of this event, that is; in other accounts, the universe simply ends, and no one survives.)

Virtually all references to him in Old Norse literature concern his role in Ragnarok; we know little or nothing about his personality or function outside this particular episode.

what Norse god is vidar?

Vidar: God of silence and nothing could interfere with his thought.


The story of this god revolved mainly around his revenge for his father. We cannot know what he looked like. All we know is that Vidar was always silent and quiet. But after all, it turned out that it was silence that destroyed the destruction. It was the silence that made the most deafening sound.

Is Vidar Thor's brother?

Vidar was the son of Odin and the brother of gods like Thor, Heimdall and Baldur. He was one of the gods who could survive the destruction of Ragnarok. We did not know much about Vidar. Because he did not often appear in the main scenario.


According to some accounts, Vidar was the strongest god after Thor. When he entered the new world after Ragnarok, Vidar became the strongest god after Thor's son Magni, who was also his nephew.

His land in Asgard was the land full of trees, flowers and bushes. He spent most of his time sitting in his garden and no one could distract him from his thoughts. Perhaps because of this, God Vidar was honored with the title of God of Silence.

Is Vidar a giant?

vidar is not a giant but his strength is colossal.

Who is Vidar in Ragnarok?

Ragnarok was the disaster that the gods tried to prevent. But no matter how hard they tried, they could not escape their fate. As Jormung and the Midgard Serpent rose from the ocean, Ragnarok broke the sky.


The cosmos became chaos as all the armies fought for their lives. According to the prophecy, Odin fought his final battle with the wolf Fenrir.

But the wolf was so powerful that the Allfather could not escape the wolf's sharp jaws.


Vidar, who remained silent throughout history, has now burst his cells. On hearing of his father's death, he set out to make his enemy pay the price.

Blood by blood. He was wearing a shoe that was for that moment alone. The shoe was the strongest and it must have had magic inside.


Vidar faced his enemy. He jumped so high to reach Fenrir's head.

The foot with the magic shoe entered Fenrir's mouth.

Then Vidar used his powerful sword stuck in Fenrir's mouth as if he was trying to sew the monster's mouth.

He sliced the monster's mouth and put an end to the life of this monstrous creature.


Vidar's Lesson: Never Underestimate the Power of Silence

Never underestimate the power of silence. And don't confuse it with ignorance or vulnerability.

From the god of silence to Fenrir's killer, it was swift but extraordinary and fateful too.

Two place names in Norway contain his name: Virsu (from Viðarshof, "Temple of Vidar") and Viskjøl (from Víðarsskjálf, "Crag / Pinnacle of Vidar").

This seems to suggest that Vidar figured in pagan Nordic religious practice and that he was not only a literary figure.


As far as archaeological records are concerned, the depictions of a man tearing the jaws of a wolf on the cross of Gossforth from the north of England and the cross of Kirk Andreas from the Isle of Man, both dating from around 900 AD, could be Vidar and Fenrir.

But they could also be Christ and a more general wolf, for Christ triumphing over various monsters was a popular motif in medieval art, and artists often freely mixed pagan and Christian images in the same works.

Although these are representations of Vidar and Fenrir, they do not provide us with any new information, but simply provide further corroboration of a motif that is repeated often enough in literary sources to leave no doubt as to its authenticity.


Unfortunately, we only know Vidar as Odin's avenger and Fenrir's killer.

The few other tempting but capricious details do not correspond to a particular, even less complete, portrait of a mythological / religious personality or role.

Unfortunately, the question of who exactly Vidar was to the pre-Christian Nordics and other Germanic peoples is essentially unanswered.

How does Vidar die?

Vidar is one of the few Norse gods to have survived the ragnarok, we have no record of his death.


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