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

FREY 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 ship, boar and sword are Frey’s treasures mentioned in the myths, all of which can be seen as symbols of battle, while the boar also has strong fertility connections. An antler was used by Frey to defeat the giant Beli. The stars are Ursa Major, ‘the wain’, the wagon being another symbol of the god. As god of weather and fertility Frey can claim the oak tree along with Thor, especially as the wood is much used in shipbuilding and boars eat acorns. The sword bears the Anglo Saxon rune which is named after him. The harp is not typically associated with Frey but is added as a symbol of wisdom. The courting couple are copied from the border of the Bayeau Tapestry.

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