When anyone thinks about the Norse God of Thunder, Thor, the first image that most likely comes to mind is the MCU version, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth. However, after reading Pagan Portals – Thor, by Morgan Daimler, it is evident Marvel took too many liberties about the character, which differs in many aspects from the original myths.
Daimler, who is well known for their interest on the Fair Folk and is considered an expert in all things related to them, examines several of the myths surrounding Thor and offers a more realistic view on Him. From associations and roles played across different stories, and also explaining how He was understood in Nordic society, Morgan Daimler touches enough aspects of his deity for the reader to have a basic knowledge of who seems to be the most important God, even more than the All-Father Odin.
The author also explores aspects we would otherwise take for granted, such as Thor’s family (spoiler alert: Loki is not his brother in any sense) and appearance (not blonde, but ginger,) along with symbols associated with him. Readers will find several surprises in this book, that’s for sure.
With an academic yet simple style, Pagan Portals – Thor makes the reader see different faces of the same God. I never expected, for example, that such a masculine god would dress like a woman, which makes me think that, perhaps, that concept of masculinity was different for the Norse.
This book also gives us enough tools to work with Thor, although some practitioners would like to dig a bit deeper since this, and the authors makes it clear since the beginning of the book, is just an introduction on the topic. This doesn’t surprise me, coming from the Pagan Portal series, and as such, the quality of the content is excellent, even more with Morgan Daimler’s name included.
I won’t lie, It surprised me a bit when I saw that Daimler wrote on a topic so different from their usual field, and I even doubted for a moment that maybe it couldn’t be like their previous work. However, this came out to be a surprising reading.
Not only it was easy and enriching, but also well-researched and entertaining. Pagan Portals – Thor is just as good as any book from the author and proves that Morgan Daimler can write about anything as long as there is passion involved. I cannot help but admire his work.
I would recommend this book for anyone interested in Norse lore, but most of all to witches who are part of any minority. Thor is the God of the commoners, and as such he is devoted to protect and defend them in times of need. The first pentacle necklace I owned had runes around the star, and a witch I knew then said it was a gift from Thor. I doubted it, but kept it nonetheless. Was it a coincidence I saw it in a store when I felt vulnerable and weak? I don’t think so. And yes, I did some brave things while having that necklace.
About the book
Print Length: 104 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (April 1, 2020)
Publication Date: April 1, 2020
About the Author
Morgan Daimler is a witch who has been a polytheist since the early ’90s. Following a path inspired by the Irish Fairy Faith blended with neopagan witchcraft, Morgan teaches classes on Irish myth and magical practices, fairies, and related subjects in the United States and internationally. Morgan has been published in multiple anthologies as well as in Witches and Pagans magazine, Pagan Dawn magazine and the CR journal Air n-Aithesc, and she is one of the world’s foremost experts on all things Fairy. Besides the titles available through Moon Books Morgan has self-published a book of Old and Middle Irish language translations called The Treasure of the Tuatha De Danann, and an urban fantasy/paranormal romance series called Between the Worlds.
About the Reviewer
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and solitary, eclectic witch interested in the darker side of magic and divination. Besides reading and writing, Bader also enjoys studying the Gothic subculture, which he belongs to, learning new languages and making endless lists of movies, music and the like. He can be found on Instagram as @saab.bader.