donar's oak

I’m so excited for today’s piece!!! I’ve been searching for an alternate way to represent Thor for a long time. So often he’s depicted as a muscle bound red bearded warrior, and that’s totally valid, but Thor is a GOD, a spirit of nature, of the wild storm. I wanted to capture that, and with this drawing I think I’ve started to scratch the surface of what’s possible!

-In Germany an Oak Tree is called Donar’s Oak (Donar is Thor)
-In part’s of Europe a common house leek was grown into thatched roofs to protect against lighting. In the North this plant was called Thor’s Beard.
-Thor’s goats propel him through the sky
-At the base of Thor’s hammer is an oath ring. In many germanic cultures Thor was the keeper of oaths.

I know it’s a departure from the norm, but I hope you all dig it!

Alte deutsche Eiche im Herbst - old German oak tree in autumn

The oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance and has been chosen as the national tree of many countries. Already an ancient Germanic symbol (in form of the Donar Oak), it stands for the nation of Germany. Oak branches are displayed on some German coins, both of the former Deutsche Mark (DM) and the current Euro currency. In 2004, the Arbor Day Foundation held a vote for the official National Tree of the USA, and U.S. Congress passed legislation designating the oak as America’s National Tree. Other countries have also designated the oak as their national tree including Bulgaria, Cyprus, England, Estonia, France, Moldova, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Wales.

Alte deutsche Eiche im Sommer - old German oak tree in summer.

The oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance and has been chosen as the national tree of many countries, including Germany. Already an ancient Germanic symbol (in form of the Donar Oak), it stands for the nation of Germany. Oak branches are displayed on some coins, both of the former Deutsche Mark (DM) and the current Euro. In 2004, the Arbor Day Foundation held a vote for the official National Tree of the USA, and Congress passed legislation designating the oak as America’s National Tree. Other countries have also designated it as their national tree including Bulgaria, Cyprus, England, Estonia, France, Moldova, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Wales.