Thor and the Midgard Serpent (by Emil Doepler, 1905).
Thor and the Midgard Serpent (by Emil Doepler, 1905).

Why #ThrowbackThorsday?

Throwback Thorsday started as a joke. It’s turned into a passion project.

I know I’m not the first one to use the phrase “Throwback Thorsday”. It’s kicked around with #tbt and #throwbackthursday on Twitter for a couple of years now.

I started with posts on Facebook, just for my friends, celebrating Thor. Just because he’s awesome. I started with some older images of Marvel-related Thor stuff, then tried to find some much-older Thor art, just to see what was out there, just to see if there was anything cool.

But I kept doing it. And I started adding more text with each image, sometimes getting into depth as to why an image was historically relevant, or why it resonated with me personally. Because I am not an expert on Thor, the Norse mythology/religion, or Northern European history, I had to do a lot of research, from finding images in the first place to learning why they mattered. And believe it or not, the overwhelming majority of images of Thor involve Chris Hemsworth or Marvel Comics.

So like I said, this became a passion project. I wanted to learn more about Thor, Norse mythology and Viking culture, about myself and the history of Western civilization.

I still enjoy including references to Chris Hemsworth and Marvel Comics and Viking metal, but I’m mostly going to focus on Thor in history rather than Thor today. I’m definitely not going to talk about the practices of modern heathens – I have too much respect for the religious practices of others to risk accidentally misrepresenting them.

And it turns out, this blog has also come to be about the cultures where Thor was most celebrated, poetry that celebrates Thor, Vikings, and Germanic history, and all the various ways Thor and the pre-Christian Germanic worldview influenced history and the world today.

I’ve posted every Thorsday for over two years. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth it.

Thanks for stopping by. May Thor bless you on your way.

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