Pagan Portals - Thor
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.
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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. Honorable actions define heathenry at its foundation, Morgan brings that out in Thor in easy language through her meticulous research and I suspect this is one major reason Thor was such a popular deity in the past and should be in the present. Morgan is a gifted writer, teacher, and lecturer her work in the Pagan Portals series is invaluable to any person starting a reconstructionist pagan path. Having heard her lectures and witnessed her attention to scholarship, I highly recommend all of her works! ~ Ryan Denison author of A Practical Guide to Modern Heathenry
“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." ~ Mabh Savage, author of Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft.
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. ~ Angela Paine, author of Healing Plants of the Celtic Druids
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. ~ Ryan Denison, author of A Practical Guide to Modern Heathenry
As a Thor-enthusiast, I heartily endorse this perfect introductory book on Thor. While the author doesn't claim to be a devotee of Thor, she clearly has an amazing handle on the mythology and scholarly aspects of this deity. Her suggestions on incorporating and inviting Thor into everyday life are equally well-thought out (and affordable!). This book is for anyone looking to learn about Thor (and by association other Norse Gods) in a heavily researched but easy-to-understand format. Highly recommended! ~ Michelle Skye, high priestess of the craft, women's empowerment facilitator, author of Goddess Alive!, Goddess Afoot!, and Goddess Aloud!
Pagan Portals: Thor is everything a Thor seeker needs in a book. It's a concise and solid introduction to a powerful deity whose mainstream fame has changed the landscape of his worship. Morgan Daimler uses clear conversational language to shed light on Thor's ancient myths and legends, while giving practical and modern information for worship now. As a devotee of Thor, I found myself smiling and nodding emphatically through each and every page. ~ Phoenix Lafae author or What Is Remembered Lives
Morgan Daimler’s Thor is an incredibly valuable addition to the Pagan Portals series. She takes a figure many readers will feel they know through contemporary popular culture and contextualises him within broader mythology. By doing so, she provides a much more nuanced and intimate portrait of the deity than many of us are accustomed to. Daimler’s work feels both authoritative and accessible. The reader is clearly guided through a vast array of texts, whilst also being encouraged to explore ideas further. Alongside this, a number of practical traditions are presented for the reader to incorporate in their practice. By ending each chapter with a more personal reflection on Thor, Daimler helps the reader to prioritise what they have read and develop their own relationship with the deity. This book is a great place to start the journey of meeting Thor. ~ Andrew Anderson, author of The Ritual of Writing
Once again, Morgan Daimler has created a solid guide to exploring the history, mythology, and modern incarnations of an ancient deity. She offers insight into the divinity, symbols, and realities of working with Thor, as well as suggestions of further study and techniques. Her notes on personal experiences with the entity help to bring the scholarship to life and applicable to day-to-day practice. ~ Christy Nicholas, author of The Druid’s Brooch Series