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Days of the week

The Norse Gods are still among us in the names of the days of the week.

  • Tuesday — from Old English Tiw, for Tyr the Norse god of combat
  • Wednesday — from Old English Woden, for Odin the one-eyed king of the gods
  • Thursday — for Thor, the quick to fight god of ordinary people with his magical hammer Mjollnir
  • Friday — for Frigg, wife of Odin and goddess of marriage and motherhood

While Saturday, Sunday and Monday follow the celestial bodies Saturn, the sun, and the moon.

As a wonderful introduction to the Norse myths and gods you could do much worse than the entertaining and beautifully produced Illustrated Norse Myths I was commanded to read by our 9-year old.

Illustrations based off of those by the excellent Matteo Pincelli.

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