Old Norse: Ullr, Ulr Pronunciation: Ool-ler
Anglo-Saxon: Wuldor, Old High German: Holler, Proto-Germanic:Wulþur
Other names:Vuldr, Wulder
Uller (“glory”) is a son of Sif and Egil, before Sif married Thor.
Uller is said to have taken Skadi as his wife following her divorce from Njord.
His father Egil was the greatest archer in Germanic mythology, and Uller follows in his father’s footsteps. He also ruled over the Vanirs when they held Asgard during the Vanic-Aesir War.
Uller is almost unknown in the myths but he has a religious importance far greater than would appear from the scanty surviving textual references, his name is seen in a lot of geographical names, especially in Sweden, so his cult in ancient times was quite wide spread.
Uller is the ancient Germanic Sky God of Winter and Death, hunting, single combat, the snowshoe, bow, and shield. A shield is often called the ‘ship of Ullr’ in the Iclenadic sagas. Ullers’ hall is called Ydalir ‘Yew-dales’. Uller is the Lord of northern lakes and mountains, the patron God of warriors, hunters, and magicians, ULLER offered aid and protection to his followers in conflicts and in battle, survival and travel in the harsh winter climates. A popular God with many temples in the North, farmers would make offerings to him to ensure a thick blanket of snow for their fields, to make the land more fruitful when the spring came. Clad in furs and reputed to have knowledge of shape shifting and Rune magic, He would participate in the Wild Hunt, and is said to dwell in a sacred grove of Yew, from where he sends out the brilliant lights of the Aurora Borealis which illuminates the Northern sky during its’ long winter nights. Known by the name – HOLLER – by the early Germanic tribes, both names are related to “glory” and “majesty” and has been closely associated with the Vanir. Places named after him are almost always near other places bearing the names of FREYR, FREYJA, NJORD, or SKADI. Since his name often appears twinned with that of Njord or Frey in place-names, it is possible that he may have alternated with one or the other as the Winter half of a Winter King/Summer King pair.
Other names:
Bow As – Bow God
Hunting As – Hunting God
Skidhi As – Ski God
Skjöldr As –
Sheild As – Shield God
Veidha As –