Category: Nordic Pantheons
At Gainsborough, several times a year, can be seen a phenomenon known as the "Trent Aegir". This is a large tidal bore which rolls down from the Humber. It is known to have happened since at least the Viking era, as the name Aegir is taken from the Norse god of the sea.
Loki, the trickster god, was the most malignant of the Nordic gods, but he could swing from the role of malicious trickster, to the one who baled the gods out of trouble.
The Germanic god of wisdom, war and magic, he was worshiped throughout Britain, wherever the Vikings and other Nordic tribes settled. Many places are named after him, or from derivations of his name.
Frigg is the mother goddess of the Nordic pantheon, as the wife of Odin she is one of the most powerful goddesses, and ‘Queen of the Heavens’.
She was the daughter of Nott and Nat and the mother of Baldur, the fairest of the gods.
One of the foul creations from the coupling of Loki and the giant Angrboda, Hel was the ruler of the netherworld (Niflheim or Helheim) where men who died out of battle went.
Her realm also had a place for criminals, oath-breakers and assassins, all taboo in Nordic society.
Balder was known as the ‘Shinning God’ or the ‘Bleeding God’ and was the fairest of all the gods in the Germanic pantheon. He was tragically killed by the trickery of Loki.
Wayland was the traditional Saxon god of smiths who became amalgamated into fairy lore. Many places are associated with Wayland in the British Isles, in particular Wayland’s Smithy, a Neolithic burial chamber in Oxfordshire. He is associated with horses, magic, metalworking, cunning, skill and healing.
Fenrir was the first-born offspring of Loki – the god of trickery – and the giant Angrboda, their other foul creations being Hel and Jormungand.
Shervage Wood has is home to a number of traditions, perhaps because it was once perceived as being enchanted. In legend and folklore the wood was the home of a dragon known as The Gurt Vurm of Shervage Wood. The dragon was said to have the girth of at least three mature oak trees, and was the bane of the local villages eating cattle and making a general nuisance of itself.
Aegir – God of the sea, the wind and waves.
Annar -Another name for Odin.
Angrboda -The mother of Fenris the wolf and Hela the goddess of hell.
Audhumla -The mother goddess, she nourished Ymir the primal giant.
Aurgelmir -The primal god.