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The Virtual Vingolf Gylde [VVG]

‘No less holy are the Asyniur, nor is their power less’ Gylfaginning [19-20]1 Thorshof would like to promote research into the true nature of the goddesses (Asyniur) of the North and encourage folk to feel free to express the devotion felt for them and therefore is setting forth the concept, for interested twentieth century readers, […]

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THE GODDESSES

THE GODDESSES The goddesses of the Germanic peoples were held in great honour as the guardians of wealth wisdom magic and destiny. ARTICLES & INFORMATION VINGOLF A temple to the goddesses on the web FRIGG FRIGG & THOR HOLDA SIF THE GODDESS INDEX THE GERMANIC MOTHERS SPINNING IN MYTHS AND FOLKTALES SPIN ME A YARN, […]

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Goddess Index

Goddess Index This is a listing of all the known goddess names, including the heiti (or by-names of the great goddesses) together with the regional variations of their names. Transliteration Notes: As the original of their names would have been passed orally or via writing in a futhark/futhorc script, the names have to be transliterated […]

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SIF

Thorskegga Thorn In Norse Mythology Sif is the wife of Thor and as such one could justifiably expect her to hold a high position among the Asynjur. To the contrary Sif is bearly mentioned in the Eddas. In Snorri Sturluson’s ‘Gylfaginning’ she is not even mentioned in his list of the Norse Goddesses. Sif’s name […]

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HEIMDALL

Translations / modern equivalents are given in brackets {} Household Could be Aesir or Vanir depending upon your own personal viewpoint. He embodies qualities of both houses in the warrior, nuturer and seer. Names Heimdall or Heimdallr, is itself a nickname, his actual name being lost, probably with the Heimdalargaldr saga. Other names he is […]

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COMING OF AGE CEREMONY (Thorshof)

The following ceremony notes are based on discussions at Thorshof gatherings and a debates at the Wycombe Moots. I have attempted to draw various ideas together and suggested a basic ceremonies which could easily be adapted for individual needs. Coming Of Age In the UK children do not have religious freedom until they reach the […]

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SPIN ME A YARN

Spinning Folklore from ballards, tales, myths and rhymes. Thorskegga Thorn Spin me a yarn is a phrase which we all know means ‘tell me a story’. Surprising enough it does not originate from spinning wool and flax into thread for domestic use. The term originated from naval jargon. Sailors use a great many ropes for […]

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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 […]

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Banners

BANNER MAKING Thorskegga Thorn of Thorshof The Historic Approach: We are only aware of one illustration of a Viking banner which appears on one of the Viking coins minted in York. The banner resembles a quarter circle with ribbons or metal decorations hanging from its curved bottom edge. The banner is supported by a second […]

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THOR AND THE MIDGARD SERPENT

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY? (THOR AND THE MIDGARD SERPENT) By Thorskegga Thorn The battle between a monster and a hero is a common theme throughout the world’s mythology. We have Saint George and the Dragon, Indra and the Vritra, Apollo and the Python, Jehovah and the Leviathan and in all these basic myths good […]