the dictionary of norse mythology


ROWAN A mountain ash tree of the rose family, not related to the common ash tree. A sturdy tree, it has dense white blossoms and clusters of red fruit well loved by birds. Old superstitions say that the tree has protective qualities, especially against witches. It is sometimes called witch wood or witchen tree. In Scotland to this day, it is often planted near the front door of a house. In Norse mythology it is called Thor's Salvation or Thor's Tree of Deliverance because it saved thor from drowning in the vimur River.

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