Father of Frey and Freya, and like them, one of the fertility gods or Vanir, who is left as hostage among the AEsir at the end of the great war between the two kinds of deity. His dwelling in Noatun, and his association with fertility and growth market and as typical of the Vanir; as the 13th-century Icelander Snorri Sturluson says:
He governs the movement of the winds, and controls sea and flame; it is to him you should pray for voyages and fishing. He is so rich and prosperous that he can grant prosperity of land or property to those who pray to him for them.
Ironically, Njord is given as husband to the giantess Skadi in compensation for the killing of her father Thjazi by the god Thor. Selected solely on the basis of his beautiful feet, his marriage to Skadi is not without its problems: neither party can bear to live with the other, Skadi despising his seaside home, Njord loathing the mountains.