Buri The First Aesir In Norse Mythology

From an 18th-century Icelandic manuscript buri norse mythology

Norse mythology is a fascinating topic that has captivated audiences for centuries. In this article, we will be exploring Buri the first Aesir God in Norse Mythology.



Búri is a key figure in understanding the origins of the Aesir. If you’re interested in learning more about it, keep reading Búri’s story.

In Norse mythology, Búri is the first of the Aesir, the primary group of deities. Búri was born on the ice of Ginnungagap at the beginning of time and was licked free from salty rime stones by the primeval cow Audhumla over the course of three days.

On the first day, she licked his hair, then his head, and finally the rest of his body on the third day.

Búri then begat, through an unidentified process, he may have used Seidr (magic), a son, Borr.

Borr, with the giant Bestla, fathered Odin, Vili, and Ve. Together, these three brothers are known as the First generation of the Aesir.



Odin, Vili, and Ve killed Ymir. From Ymir’s body, they created the world. They used his skull to create the sky. His bones became the mountains. His blood became the sea. His hair became the trees. The giants were made from his flesh and the dwarves from his bones. Odin, Vili, and Ve also created the first humans, Ask and Embla, from two trees. They gave them life, breath, and movement.

As you can see from the chart below, Buri is the Father of all the Aesir Gods, while Ymir is the ancestor of all the Giants

aesir family tree chart

The following is how Buri’s birth is described in Gylfaginning from Prose Edda

Stanza 6:

Hár svarar: “Hon sleikti hrímsteinana er saltir váru. Ok hinn fyrsta <dag> er hon sleikti steina, kom ór steininum at kveldi manns hár, annan dag manns höfuð, þriðja dag var þar allr maðr. Sá er nefndr Búri. Hann var fagr álitum, mikill ok máttugr. Hann gat son þann er Borr hét. Hann fekk þeirar konu er Besla hét, dóttir Bölþorns jötuns, ok fengu þau þrjá sonu. Hét einn Óðinn, annarr Vili, þriði Vé. Ok þat er mín trúa at sá Óðinn ok hans brœðr munu vera stýrandi himins ok jarðar. Þat ætlum vér at hann muni svá heita, svá heitir sá maðr er vér vitum mestan ok ágæztan, ok vel megu þeir hann láta svá heita.”

Hár answers: “She licked the stones that were salt. And the first < day > when she licked the stones, a man’s hair came from the stone at night, the second day a man’s head, the third day all men were there. He is called Buri. He was beautiful considered, great and mighty. He had a son whose name was Borr. He had a wife named Besla, daughter of Balthorn the Giant, and they had three sons. One was called Óðinn, another Vili, the third Vé. And it is my belief that Óðinn and his brothers will be the rulers of heaven and earth. We intend that he will be so called, that is the name of the man whom we know to be the greatest and the most respected, and they may well let him be so-called.”


Buri’s Name Meaning

Búri Old Norse: [ˈbuːre], depending on the translation material, his name can be translated as “creator, son, or father.” He is also sometimes referred to as the “Father of all Gods

From an 18th-century Icelandic manuscript buri norse mythology

From an 18th-century Icelandic manuscript, Buri is licked out of a salty ice block by the cow Audumbla

Buri And The Aesir Today

Buri is a Marvel comic character created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby based on Norse Myths. Walt Simonson and Sal Buscema created his modern-day look as Tiwaz.

We have to say that in recent years the Aesir Gods have made a comeback. Thanks to the popularity of Marvel’s Thor movies and the hit video game God of War, people are once again interested in these mythological figures.

Today, the Aesir are often depicted as handsome, muscular men with long hair and beards. They’re also usually shown wielding powerful weapons, such as Thor’s hammer or Odin’s spear. While the Aesir may not be real, they continue to capture our imaginations.

Many of the Aesir gods are still worshipped today, and their names are still used in popular culture. Some of the most popular Aesir gods include Odin, Thor, Freyja, and Loki.


Buri is an important figure in Norse Mythology because he is not only the first Aesir, but is also the father of Odin, considered the most important and powerful god in the Norse pantheon.

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