Golliveig was a member of the earliest group of gods and goddesses, the vanir. she was feared by the Aesir, for her magic and they called her a witch.. The story of her visit to the aesir tells us that tyree times they tried to burn her in the fire in Odin's Hall. But this was one witch whose magic was too strong for them. each time she emerged from the fire whole and shining. From this she received a new name. Heid, the bright of shining one. The Eddas tell us that eventually, after a battle that sprang from the Aesir's treatment of her, the aesir learned her magic. this magic included the casting of spells, the use of trance and the use of wooden wants in divination - the reading of runes.