Drawing from a small bronze figure wearing a pointed cap, thought to represent the fertility deity Freyr, found at Rallinge, Sodermanland, Sweden.
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In Norse mythology, Freyr is linked with the Sun. His parents were the
sea god Njord
and the giantess Skadi. He once fell in love with a giantess
named Gerd. He tried to convince Gerd to marry him. To do this, he sent
his servant Skirnir to the underworld.
Skirnir used the magic sword his master gave him to convince Gerd to marry Freyr. Skirnir's journey into the underworld is symbolic of the winter months in the Norse lands, where there are long periods of darkness.
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