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FREYJA From the ‘Gods of England’ series by Thorskegga Thorn

FREYJA From the ‘Gods of England’ series by Thorskegga Thorn

Thorskegga has started a series of paintings depicting the gods worshipped by the Anglo-Saxon and Norse settlers in England. The mucky brown colour is gold on the original but our scanner can’t cope with it. Black and white versions of these pictures have been used for the covers of Thunder and the Wain.

For an explanation of the symbolism, the cats and the boar are the sacred animals of Freyja. The flowers are flax (Norse ‘Horn’, one of the names of Freyja) while the stars are from the constellation Freyja’s Spindle (Orion). The feathers represent Freyja’s magical cloak with which she can turn into a falcon. Freyja wears her necklace Brisingamen and as goddess of love is unashamadly naked. The rune staff and the ritual fire show her links with the magical arts.

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