An academic widely regarded as an expert on the religions, mythology, and symbology of pre-Christian Europe, Ms. Davidson’s writing style is both authoritative and approachable. It’s been a good read so far.
Here’s some trivia about the Viking God of Thunder that tickled my brain when I first came across it:
11th century historian Snorri Sturluson, author of the Prose Edda, suggested that Thor may have been the father of the Norse pantheon with Odin as his son (rather than the other way around). He suggested as well that Thor may have originally come from Troy, “thus linking the north to the ancient world” (Davidson).
I’m familiar with the Sign of the Cross used by some Christians as both a blessing and a means of protection, but I was surprised to learn that Thor’s ancient followers performed the same action for the same purposes, calling it the Sign of the Hammer. It’s unclear who used the Sign first, but both were in use at the same time according to Davidson.