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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

God of the Week

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Since my last post, starting a series on myths for children seems to be a hit. I figured I would start another series of posts on the Pagan God. If you look around the internet you will find a lot of info on the Goddess but a lack of info on the God.

So I figured I would seek to remedy that here.

This week I am going to start with Thor, Mighty Redbeard, and protector of the common man. Often portrayed with a hammer he was revered as the God of thunder and sky. Along with the common man he was the patron of farmers and with that came his association with weather and crops. And in case you haven't heard of him he was a God of the Norse and various Germanic tribes.

His hammer called Mjolnir was a magical weapon and one he always carried. According to Wikipedia;
Thor owns a short-handled hammer, Mjolnir, which, when thrown at a target, returns magically to the owner. His Mjolnir also has the power to throw lightning bolts. To wield Mjolnir, Thor wears the belt Megingjord, which boosts the wearer's strength and a pair of special iron gloves, Járngreipr, to lift the hammer. Mjolnir is also his main weapon when fighting giants. The uniquely shaped symbol subsequently became a very popular ornament during the Viking Age and has since become an iconic symbol of Germanic paganism.
 According to the myths he was the son of Odin and the giantess Jord (The Earth).

Tune in next week and I will tell you some of his stories. You may want to subscribe, if you haven't already, email is the easiest. Hope to see you all around.

Blessed Be!

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