Heroes of Midhgardhur
The “Wanes,” the second of the two ancient families of gods. The Vanir were always more closely associated with the nature of the world, and hence with the cycles of nature. They were once bitter enemies of the Aesir, but now they are allies.
The Vanakyn (the Northen name for the “fey”) are said to be lesser kin of the Vanir. In like manner, the Alfar are distant kin of these gods (as are the Svartalfar, although those dark elves forsook the patronage of Freyur and Freyja in favor of dark elemental forces like the Jotnar).