|“||Supposedly the founder of the Leonster Kingdom, Crusader Njörun, was Dain's younger sister.||”|
— A North Thracian villager
Njörun (Japanese: ノヴァ Noba), dubbed the "Lance Knight", was a member of the Twelve Crusaders, the original wielder of the lance Gáe Bolg, and the co-founder of the Kingdom of Thracia alongside her elder brother and fellow Crusader Dain. Her descendants comprise the royal family of the small Kingdom of Leonster, in the Manster District.
As with the other Crusaders, Njörun was a warrior fighting in a revolution against the tyranny of the Lopt Empire, and was one of the survivors barricaded in Darna Fortress when the tide turned against their movement. It was at this fortress that the Miracle of Darna occurred, changing the tide of the war: Njörun was chosen by an unidentified member of the twelve dragon "gods" who descended upon the fortress, to undergo a blood-bond with said dragon, transforming her into one of the Crusaders. She was granted Gáe Bolg, sealed to her new holy lineage, by this dragon.
With the other Crusaders, Njörun fought in the rest of the Holy War and contributed to the downfall of the Lopt Empire. At the war's conclusion, Njörun and Dain settled in the Thracian Peninsula and founded the Kingdom of Thracia, then encompassing the entire peninsula. Some time afterward, Njörun was married to one of Dain's friends, a fellow knight, and the two aided Dain in governing their new kingdom. Ten years after Thracia's foundation, an event known in Leonster mythology as the "Tragedy of the Gáe Bolg" occurred: Dain and the husband entered a dispute over an unknown subject and resorted to combat in a bid to settle the matter. Njörun attempted to break them up, but instead she inadvertently killed her husband with the Gáe Bolg. Njörun committed suicide shortly afterward, and following Dain's own mysterious death, this led to the secession of the Manster District from Thracia, under the leadership of Njörun's son in opposition of the tyranny of Dain's son.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Njörun||As of Fire Emblem Heroes. Njörun is a goddess of debated role and history mentioned in the Prose Edda. "Draum-Njörun" is mentioned by the Poetic Edda as a word from dwarf language for the night, possibly referencing the star based etymology of the Japanese name. She is also sometimes speculated to represent the earth, tying into the “Earth Lance” epithet of Gáe Bolg.|
| • Noba
| • Used in older versions of the Genealogy of the Holy War fan translation.|
• Used in the Thracia 776 fan translation and the "Project Naga" patch.
|Japanese||ノヴァ||Officially romanized as Noba. May come from Latin nova, the feminine form of novum, new. Nova is a term generally used to refer to stars.|
Artwork of Njörun from Treasure.
- "A: Njörun married a knight who was friends with her brother Dain and lived a happy life with him. One day, her husband and King Dain fought each other over some dispute. Njörun tried to stop the two fighting, but accidentally killed her beloved husband (the weapon that took his life was her lance). That was the beginning of events, Later, Njörun committed suicide and King Dain died a mysterious death." - Designers' notes from a Genealogy of the Holy War playing guide, as translated by Serenes Forest
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|