In Norse mythology, Aegir is the giant god of the sea, and he personifies the power of the ocean. The Vikings were skilled sailors; they understood the beauty and the danger of the sea, and they both worshiped and feared Aegir.
Aegir is also known for hosting lavish parties for the gods; his party guests marvel at Aegir’s magical cups that refill themselves with drink. In his home below the sea, he brews ale in a large cauldron, the froth of which is the ocean spray.
Married to Ran, the goddess of the Sea, Aegir has nine daughters who are the Norse wave maidens. He can be likened to the ancient Greek and Roman gods, Poseidon and Neptune.