SUN 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, St John’s wort is associated with the summer solstice in English folklore, wolves chase the sun across the sky in the Norse myths, while the shield protects the horses from sun’s heat. Sun wears a bridal crown to emphasise her golden appearance. The equal armed cross, sun wheel, ‘s’ rune and the sundail are all symbols of the sun.
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