Three Nordic Gods
|Uppsala temple, Carl Larsson, wiki|
The religion of the Nordic Vikings was like the religion of the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans - polyteistic. They believed in many gods, and there were many gods at hand - a god for everything a human might need.
|Odin, Icelandic, wiki |
|Odin and Sleipner wiki|
In order to reach all his goals, all his purpose, all his collecting knowledge and wisdom, Odin does not hesitate, he avoids no fraud, cunning or broken promises, he is tough on everyone and not less tough on himself, he is both chynical and cold, he is wild and ecstatic. He is the deepest and most grandios god among all gods, and there is a long distance from him to Thor, the next Asagod.
|Thor and chariot, drawing 1895 wiki|
|Thors Hammer, wiki|
|Thor fishing, runestone, Hørdum kirke, Jutland.GB|
|runes on a lanse, wiki|
|Viking farmers Faroe islands , wiki|
Tyr as Asagod is a much more pale character than Odin and Thor, he is brave and frank, he loses one hand when the the Fenris wolf has to be tied, and he fights during Ragnarok
|Tyr and the Fenris wolf. wiki|
|work of Tacitus, wiki|
Those three Asagods are not new in the religious belief of the Germanic people, they are all mentioned with Roman names in the famous book about the Germans by Tacitus, written about year 100 A.C.. Odin is Mercury, Thor is Hercules, Tyr is Mars. It is said about Mercury that he is the supreme Germanic god, and humans are sacrificed only to him. Odin has in common with the Roman Mercury and the Greek Hermes that he is the leader of the dead and appears with a cloak, a broadrimmed hat and a spear (staff) - or else there is not much alike between the two gods, and it is probable that the capacity of savagery and demonic capriciosity, which characterizes Odin - but is missing in Mercury - is due to the East Germans neighbouring to the wild Asian nomads, who overturned Europe in the Migration period. Together with the Gothic culture stream from the areas of the Black Sea towards the North.this Mongol-like Odin-figure might have reached Sweden and from here the rest of Scandinavia.
|Baby Hercules, strangling a snake, wiki|
photo: Hørdum kirke, runestone; GB