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The boar representing as the symbol for the Vanir.

Compare to the Æsir, the Vanir are much more peaceful and in-tune with nature. Don't let that make you think they are harmless hippies though, in some way they are even more dangerous than the Æsir. After all, you can stop a war or contain knowledge, but to make an enemy out of nature? In all of its glorious power and dangerous phenomena? You might have better chance trying to keep death at bay, just ask the Æsir. Last time they tried to bully the Vanir, the latter kicked their butt so hard that many still even have PTSD from the Æsir-Vanir war.
Carl Black

The Vanir are one of the two groups of gods in Norse mythology, the other being the comparatively better-known Æsir. However, while Æsir is occasionally used as a blanket term to describe all Norse deities, Vanir is not. It refers to an explicitly separate sub-section of the pantheon, with ties to fertility, wisdom, nature, magic, and the ability to see the future.

The distinction between Æsir and Vanir is relative, for the two are said to have made peace, exchanged hostages, intermarried and reigned together after a prolonged war. In fact, the most significant divergence between the two groups is in their respective areas of influence, with the Æsir representing war and conquest, and the Vanir representing exploration, fertility and wealth.

A majority of sources describe the deities Njörðr, Freyr, and Freyja as members of the Vanir. While not attested as Vanir, the gods Heimdallr and Ullr have been theorized as potential members of the group.

Notable Vanir