Víðarr (aka VIDAR or VITHARR) known as VITHARR the Silent, is mentioned in the Völuspá, Vafthrúdnismál, Grímnismál, and Lokasenna. VITHARR is an Aesir associated with vengeance. VITHARR is described as a son of ODHINN and the jötunn Gríðr.
VITHARR is said to be determined to avenge his father’s death by slaying Fenrir at Ragnarök, which he does with success.
“Brushwood grows and high grass
widely in Vidar’s land
and there the son proclaims on his horse’s back
that he’s keen to avenge his father.”
- Stanza 17 of Grímnismál
There are countless theories behind the lore of VITHARR, one of them being of his silence. Many historians and religious scholars would presume that this is in fact stemmed the practice of Ritual Silence in his name. There isn’t really any recording of VITHARR speaking but he was said to be one of the 12 male gods who held a throne during the banquet for the visiting Aegir.
Though VITHARR is said to be silent, his relentless mission to slay the beast Fenrir proved his strength and worth among humans and gods as a very influential member of the Aesir.