Pagan Portals - Thor
by Morgan Daimler
Pub Date 27 Mar 2020
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Untangling the mythology and modern lore surrounding the most popular Norse deity, Thor.
Thor is an immensely popular God but also one of contradictions, whose complexity is sometimes underrated. Often depicted as oafish, he was clever enough to outwit the dwarf Alviss (All-wise). A god of storms and thunder, he brought fertility and blessed brides at weddings and although a defender of civilization and order, he usually travelled with a trickster deity. Pagan Portals - Thor is an introductory book that examines both history and mythology, untangling older beliefs from modern pop-culture.
Mabh Savage, author of Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft.: This book is an absolute must for anybody who has an interest in this fascinating and significant deity. More than a simple introduction, this volume lays out the key points of Thor’s story and mythology, plus his connections to other gods, goddesses, giants and even humans. Learning what Thor looks like, or the different ways he has been described and perceived from ancient times to modern pop culture, aids in visualising the god- a useful tool for any Pagan with a leaning towards Norse inspired spirituality. Written in a thoroughly engaging style and carefully sourced throughout, this book is a handy reference as well as an entertaining and compelling read. Whether you’re new to Thor or wanting to learn a little bit more, or see this god from a new perspective, this is the book for you.
Angela Paine, author of Healing Plants of the Celtic Druids: Pagan Portals - Thor by Morgan Daimler is well researched and written in plain language. Daimler covers every aspect of Thor, the origins of the myths and the ways in which they have changed over time, right up to the present day through Wagner, Marvel comics, young adult fiction, video games and superhero movies. She discusses ways in which the modern pagan can incorporate Thor into her or his pagan practice using statues, pictures, meditation and poetry to bring this ancient archetype to life. The author is to be congratulated for drawing attention to the subtle racist subtext of some of the modern Heathen material available today, which she abhors and warns the readers to avoid.
Ryan Denison, author of A Practical Guide to Modern Heathenry: Pagan Portals: Thor is an amazing introduction to a deity that does not get his just due in modern heathenry. Morgan Daimler’s outstanding research, easy writing style and ability to convey her own personal experiences create a portrait of Thor that the newbie and the veteran can take into their own practice and launch a relationship with the God of Thunder. Morgan presents the Wielder of Mjolnir as he should be seen in a polytheist worldview, a complex individual full of contradictions yet striving to be a better individual and protecting those he holds dear.