Who is Byggvir?

“Byggvir is my name,
all gods and men
call me nimble;
and here it is my pride
that Odin’s sons drink
ale all together.”

–The Poetic Edda

Norse mythology tells of the Grotti, the great World-Mill, which long ago ground the flesh and blood of the Giants into the earth from which crops grow. Freyr, fertility god and lord of the harvest, is the master of the Grotti, which also transforms the grain from the fields into products that make human civilization possible: meal for bread, and grist for brewing. But who tends the mill on the busy harvest-lord’s behalf?

That job falls to Freyr’s faithful servant, Byggvir–the Norse god of ale and brewing.

Researched and compiled by Joel Stitzel