the dictionary of norse mythology


OAK The largest tree of the forests that covered northern Europe, the oak was sacred to thor, god of thunder and lightning, and a symbol of strength and endurance. There were no great oaks in Iceland, but early settlers from the Norse lands brought oak pillars with them and set up shrines to Thor. Early Christian missionaries such as Boniface eighth century con-sidered it their duty to destroy oak trees and groves where the pagan gods had been worshiped.

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