Þórr and wading

Tarrin Wills

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Abstract

Crossing rivers and boggy ground would have presented a number of dangers to early Scandinavians. There is a good deal of mythological evidence that Þórr is associated with the challenges of travelling by sea, as well as on various kinds of watery situations on land, such as rivers, lakes and bogs. There is literary evidence for the invocation of Þórr in seafaring, and this paper hypothesises that Þórr was invoked in related activities of crossing rivers and wet ground. The paper demonstrates a strong geographical relationship between Þórr-worship (as shown by settlement place-names) and crossing rivers and marshes (as shown by runic inscriptions commemorating bridges and fords), and attempts an explanation of this relationship in terms of the mythological evidence.
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationDIE FASZINATION DES VERBORGENEN UND SEINE ENTSCHLÜSSELUNG – RĀĐI SA¿ KUNN
Subtitle of host publicationBeiträge zur Runologie, skandinavistischen Mediävistik und germanischen Sprachwissenschaft
EditorsJana Krüger, Vivian Busch, Katharina Seidel, Christiane Zimmermann, Ute Zimmerman
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
Pages411-428
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-11-054757-3, 978-3-11-054813-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-054738-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameReallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde - Ergänzungsbände
Volume101

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Wills, T. (2017). Þórr and wading. In J. Krüger, V. Busch, K. Seidel, C. Zimmermann, & U. Zimmerman (Eds.), DIE FASZINATION DES VERBORGENEN UND SEINE ENTSCHLÜSSELUNG – RĀĐI SA¿ KUNN: Beiträge zur Runologie, skandinavistischen Mediävistik und germanischen Sprachwissenschaft (pp. 411-428). (Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde - Ergänzungsbände; Vol. 101). Walter de Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110548136