Hey everyone. Thriving Viking here! Welcome to my first post! (Yay!!!) Today I’m going to talk about some viking stuff. Little bits and pieces that you may not know about your modern world. The vikings had such an influence on our modern world and a lot of people don’t even realize it.
Days of the Week
Surprised? Don’t be. The gods of the vikings were able to survive Christianity in their smaller communities and enclaves and even within the borders of the Holy Church. They are the roots of most of the days of the week! So lets start with two of the more well known gods; Odin and Thor. “But there’s no days with their names in them!” You’re protesting. Don’t be so sure. Lets start with Odin…
Odin, the chief god of Asgard has many names. Like literally hundreds! The lore on him is extensive and changes with each dialect of European language. His day of the week is Wednesday. How do you get that from Odin…? Like this: Among the differing names, based on language, one of his names is Wotan or Woden. Does that look a bit closer?
Now we look at Thor. He’s a bit of a hothead and he got stuck with Thursday. Yep, that day when we’re all done with this week and just want Friday to fly by. Thor and Thursday already look pretty close. Now I’m going to bring the runes into it, those 24 angular characters that adorn all manner of viking and pagan art. The rune associated with Thor is Thurs. How about that! Damn near identical, eh?
Right now, you’re asking how these got by the church. Especially when they set up the calendar! Well, imagine you’re trying to integrate an entire culture into your civilization and the direct means are a bit…bloody? So instead you artfully integrate pieces of their culture into yours. Over the years they come around and join you, no war, no blood.
So, where were we… Friday! Surprise, this one’s viking too but, there is some question as to which goddess its attributed to. Frigga or Freya… I’m of the opinion (yours may differ) that its Freya as she is the goddess of magic, sex and