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

BEYLA 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. Beyla is one of the two servants of Frey, the exact meaning of her name is not clear, the academics disagree, Simek suggests ‘cow’ while Dumezil […]

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Sif Image

SIF 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. Black and white versions of these pictures have been used for the covers of Thunder and the Wain. Sif is the wife of Thor from Norse […]

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Holda Picture

HOLDA from the ‘Gods of England’ series by Thorskegga Thorn Breaking the rules here slightly! Holda is only known from German and continental folklore. However she is a popular goddess among modern pagans so Thorskegga has bowed to pressure and included her in the series. Holda is shown here in her aspect of the housewife/crone. […]

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

FRIGG 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 […]

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THE SPINDLE AND THE WELL

Fairy tales are a much ignored source of heathen lore which is a shame because much of Frigg’s worship survives in this form. The folk names for plants and star constellations and stories such as The Gift of Flax tell us as much about the goddess as the Eddas do. Here are three tales from […]

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SPINNING IN MYTHS AND FOLKTALES

The folk heritage of spinning has been ignored, misrepresented and misunderstood by historians and folklorists alike. This is a terrible shame as spinning was hailed as the most worthy of a woman’s tasks up until the Industrial Revolution. The craft has been lost in obscurity and has no apparent relevance to the modern world. Maybe […]

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The Germanic ‘Mothers’

There is no general consensus on these as deities for the Norse/Germanic tribes, although some have compared these goddesses (called matronae or matribus from the Roman inscriptions which are their record) to the Scandinavian disir. The triple mothers are known to have been worshipped by Celtic tribes but Rudolph Simek also lists a range of […]

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HOLDA

Holda is a Germanic goddess whose cult has survived in the folklore of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The tales surrounding her are of vital importance to us because the underlying theme represents the lost myths of Frig. By reading the various sources of Teutonic mythology, one can find little information on Frig, and consequently she […]

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FRIGG AND THOR

Thorskegga Thorn There is a strong connection between Frigg and Thor but it is not an obvious one. To get there I am going to have to explain one of my little theories. The Teutonic religion is a conglomeration of many similar faiths that have merged over several thousand years of tribal conflict and migration. […]

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FRIGG

Thorskegga Thorn Frigg, foremost of the Norse Goddesses and wife of Odin, has been much ignored in the revival of Norse heathenism. Magic and runes are very much the flavour of the century and non-magically orientated deities are being left by the wayside. In a magical context Frigg falls into shadow besides the sorceress goddess […]