In Norse mythology, Hǿnir or Hœnir (Old Norse: ᚼᚢᚾᛁᛦ/ᚽᚢᚿᛁᛧ [ˈhøːnez̠]; anglicized as Hoenir) is one of the Æsir. He is the god of silence, spirituality, poetry, and "Óðr," a concept that roughly translates to "ecstasy, inspiration, fury, and frenzy." As such, Hoenir is also a god of passion, battle frenzy, and sexual ecstasy. It is mentioned that he helped Óðinn create humans.
In Ynglinga saga, along with Mímir, he went to the Vanir as a hostage to seal a truce after the Æsir-Vanir War. There, Hǿnir was indecisive and relied on Mímir for all of his decisions, grunting noncommital answers when Mímir was absent.
In Vǫluspá, at the creation of the first human beings, Askr and Embla, Hǿnir and Lóðurr help Óðinn. According to the Prose Edda, Hǿnir is said to have given reason to man. 'In Gylfaginning, Vili and Vé are mentioned instead. As Snorri knew Vǫluspá, it is possible that Hǿnir was another name for Vili. Also according to Vǫluspá, Hǿnir was one of the few gods that would survive Ragnarök.
Hǿnir also has a minor role in Haustlöng and Reginsmál.
Hoenir crater on Callisto is named after him.
- MacCulloch, J.A.(2005). The Celtic and Scandinavian Religions. Cosimo, Inc. ISBN: 1-59605-416-6 .