>In regards to Thunor; based upon the place-name evidence he seems to
have been most favoured by the Saxons, while the Anglisc clearly showed a
preference for Woden judging by the same standard.
This is true.
>In looking at Thunor however, peasant class isn't the first thing
that springs to my mind. Rather, when I see Thunor, double headed axe in
hand, blazing through the sky in a chariot of all things, taking part in the
odd cattle-raid, all dressed up in raggedy clothing like something other
than getting rich quick is on his mind....maybe he's throwing all of his
spoils into a bog or something....and looking every inch a god after the
original Indo-Teutonic Skyfathers heart.....warrior-aristocrat would seem a
much more appropriate classification.
Thunor is certainly an aristocrat, and I do think that it is important to
bear in mind that "class rivalry" is a characteristic of
civilization, not tribal life, and of Xtianity, not heathenry. But it's also
true that churls and common folk, who are not normally the people who name
towns, did seem in general to personally identify more with Thunor than with
other gods, which is what has caused some people to think that there must be
something churlish about Thunor himself; even to think that he must be
rather stupid. However, there isn't, and he's not; not in the least. Like
all gods, Thunor is deep-minded, in ways that are far beyond ourselves.
What Thunor really is, though smart as anybody else, is somewhat hot-headed.
He really likes open straightforwardness, and doesn't have the interest in,
or patience for, the cunning ins and outs of clever discourse that more
intellectual gods might take pleasure in, at least not in any case where
action is called-for. Unlike some others, Thunor is, by temperament, never
interested in any kind of off-the-wall shit. He is a highly energetic god,
the kind of personality who bounds along like a hound-dog eager for
adventure and the hunt where most others would normally walk, and, like most
of us, takes most pleasure in doing what he does better than anybody else;
in his case, taking direct action.
The real reason why Thunor is associated with the common folk is simply
because he is the one the common folk always love best, and what they love
best about him is his personality and generosity, and the way he doesn't
bother to stand on ceremony or make things unnecessarily complicated. You
don't ever have to be any kind of wizard or cunning-man to understand Thunor.
His honest straightforwardness and mighty energy are things they can
immediately understand and appreciate and identify with. Moreover, since the
common folk are the ones with the least interest in politics, wheeling and
dealing, etc., and live closest to the land, the god they love best is
obviously the one who is their best friend, namely the one who can bring
them the thunderstorms that break the heat, banish the dust-ettins and bring
the sulking croplands back to life. Obviously, when you wake up after a
thunderstorm and see how green and growing everything suddenly is, if that's
your livelihood at stake out there, you are bound to love the god whose
generosity gave you that excellent gift, as the only one who could. Thunor
is, by the way, the god not just of lightning but of all the kinds of mystic
polarities, harmonies and mains in nature that make tools do their jobs and
everything go well for working folks, which is the real reason why you bless
a new bride by placing a Thorhammer in her lap, in order to get strong sound
offspring. The common folk love Thunor because, in their lifestyles, to have
Thunor for a friend is basically to be "lucky" in all your day to
day affairs. This is why people have always worn Thorhammer jewelry. A
Thorhammer pendant was not originally meant to be a cultic symbol; it was
meant to frighten off ettins and be a talisman and good luck charm.