Friday, July 27, 2012

The Power of Thor

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Thor is a prominently mentioned god throughout the recorded history of the Germanic peoples, from the Roman occupation of regions of Germania, to the tribal expansions of the Migration Period, to his high popularity during the Viking Age, when, in the face of the process of the Christianization of Scandinavia, emblems of his hammer, Mjölnir, were worn in defiance and Norse pagan personal names containing the name of the god bear witness to his popularity. Into the modern period, Thor continued to be acknowledged in rural folklore throughout Germanic regions. Thor is frequently referred to in place names, the day of the week Thursday ("Thor's day") bears his name, and names stemming from the pagan period containing his own continue to be used today.
I created this image of Thor on my Wacom tablet...and then quite a bit of digital work in Photoshop.  I wanted to create an image of Thor that wasn't too specific about what he looks like, so that the person viewing it would fill in the details with their own thoughts about Thor.  But, I wanted the image to communicate the raw power of Thor.

Mark Ludwig Stinson
Jotun's Bane Kindred
Temple of Our Heathen Gods

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