Ran, also referred to as “the goddess of the drowned”, is the moody and sometimes treacherous goddess of the seas and waters. She had nine daughters with Aegir called the billowing maidens.
Ran is the covetous Giant goddess of the sea who collects the corpses of the drowned at sea in her net. She stirs up the tempests that swallow ships beneath the angry waves, or shatters their hulls against the jagged rocks lurking beneath the swells. In stormy or troubled waters, sailors of old would hide gold pieces upon their person as payment for her hospitality in the event that they should be drowned. Nordic customs tell us that when those lost at sea showed themselves at the funeral feast, it was a sign that Ran had indeed given them a happy and welcome reception.