Thor, God of Thunder

Thunor, Donar (Anglo-Saxon) Thor is the Norse god of thunder, also associated with oak trees, strength, protection and fertility. ‘Thor’ comes from the Germanic word for ‘thunder’, thus he is associated with thunder, lightning and storms. He is often viewed as a fierce warrior with red hair, a red beard, and eyes like lightning. HeContinue reading “Thor, God of Thunder”

Hel, Queen of the Underworld

Hel (Hella) is the Norse Goddess of the dead and underworld, ruler of the Land of Mist.  Her name is thought to mean ‘hidden’, ‘to conceal’, or ‘to cover up’.  To say to “go to Hel” is to die, as described in the ancient Norse manuscripts, Poetic Edda, Prose Edda, and Heimskringla.

Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology

Norse Cosmology contains ‘nine homeworlds’ (Níu Heimar in Old Norse) in which all beings inhabit.  These worlds are centered on the World Tree, Yggdrasil, which lies at the centre of the cosmos.  Each of these Nine Worlds is the homeland of various classes of beings that are part of Norse and Germanic mythology.  Travel betweenContinue reading “Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology”

Runes

Runes are letters in an ancient Germanic alphabet used from about 150 to 1100 CE, prior to the common usage of the Latin alphabet.  The word ‘rune’ is thought to come from a Middle English word that means “secret writing”. Runes are also known as futhark/fuþark or futhorc/fuþorc based on the first six letters of the runic alphabet.  The threeContinue reading “Runes”