Njord is the Norse god of the wind, as well as the sea, and was worshipped by Viking fishermen and traders who invoked his name to calm the waters and protect their ships.
First married to his sister Nerthus, Njord fathers two children: Freyr, god of the harvest, and Freya, goddess of love. His second wife Skadi, goddess of winter, chooses Njord for his beautiful feet.
When her beloved father is slain by the gods, Skadi is allowed to choose a husband from the gods, on the proviso that she makes her choice only by gazing at their feet. She picks Njord by mistake, believing his feet belong to Balder, the younger, fair god of light. Once married, they eventually agree to live apart.