Thanks for being a reader of this site. She was known since the time of the Roman Empire. The Teutons believed that before there were any gods or any world there was a great empty space where the world now is. She ruled the bright clouds that gleam in the summer sky, and caused them to pour their showers on meadow and forest and mountain. Nerthus’ attributes also resembled that of the ancient Celtic counterpart, Matres or Matrone, the group of mother goddesses that was popular around the Rhine River. Check your inbox now to confirm your subscription. AD 100), who wrote Germania, provided some details of the German society culture and religion. Wednesday was also dies Mercurii (Mercury’s Day). Other writers including Strabo, Jordanes, and Procopius. They broke his body in pieces and made the world of them. But she forgot the mistletoe. First of all will come three terrible winters without any spring or summer. She ruled the bright clouds that gleam in the summer sky, and caused them to pour their showers on meadow and forest and mountain. He was a son of Woden and was the god of battle. When their ships came safely into port they said it was Woden’s breath that had filled their sails and wafted their vessels over the blue waters. Start studying Gods of Teutons. Now we come to a time when the power of Rome was broken and tribes of barbarians who lived north of the Danube and the Rhine took possession of lands that had been part of the Roman Empire. Another great god of our ancestors was Tiew. This attack upon the goddess, resulted in a war between the Aesir and the Vanir. The earth will be shaken as when there is a great earthquake; the waves of the sea will roar and the highest mountains will totter and fall. Tiwaz was the chief sky god and the god of war. The rainbow was a bridge upon which the gods used to come to earth. Wodan was death and blood sacrifice. But an earthly prince had also fallen in love with her. She ruled the bright clouds that gleam in the summer sky, and caused them to pour their showers on meadow and forest and mountain. Ing was possibly an Aesir god, or even a Vanir god. Ginnungagap – great void before the world existed; name means "yawning abyss" Of all the trees the most wonderful was a great ash tree, sometimes called the “world tree.” Its branches covered the earth and reached beyond the sky till they almost touched the stars. The Modern German called Thursday, Donnerstag (“Donar’s Day”). The Teutons prayed to Tiew when they went into battle. Though the worshipped of Nerthus seemed to ended in the 5th or 6th century, the later tradition says that she had been identified with Norse god, Njörd (Njord), the Vanir god of the wind and sea. The Gods of the Teutons Famous Men of the Middle Ages by John Henry Haaren (1855 - 1916) Read by Leon Mire Copyright: CC. Donar was also known as Thunor or Thonar to the Saxon and Thor to the Scandinavians. They are generally classified as a Germanic tribe. Baldur walked upon this rainbow from the home of the gods to the dwellings of men. According to the belief of the Teutons these wicked giants will some day destroy the beautiful world. It was called by the curious name Ginnungagap, which means a yawning abyss. The sunshine from the South melted the ice mountains of the North so that they toppled over and fell into Ginnungagap. Frija was the wife of Woden and the queen of the gods. The continuous invasions and migrations on the Roman frontiers had caused instability and finally the collapse of the Roman Empire in the west. Frija (free' ya) was the wife of Woden and the queen of the gods. Two big ones were the sun and moon and the little ones were the stars. After the selected slaves bathed the goddess in the lake, the slaves were then drowned, as sacrifices to Nerthus. Wodan became an increasingly popular Germanic god, who replaced Tiwaz (Tyr), as the chief sky god and war god. Tiwaz was the name of power, because it was believed that the spear become a powerful talisman of protection, when his name was cut into the spear, using runic symbols. They had some of Woden’s own strength and were armed with helmet and shield and spear. He had three sons.