See also: þunor



Learned borrowing from Old English Þunor. Doublet of thunder.

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  1. (mythology) An Old English deity identified with Thor and associated with Jupiter.
    • 1962, John Godfrey, The Church in Anglo-Saxon England[1], page 63:
      The attributes of the most important deities of our distant ancestors, Tiw, Woden, and Thunor, whose names are perpetuated in those of three of our weekdays, are by no means clearly defined. It is not to be assumed that Woden and Thunor were identical with the Norse Odin and Thor, about whom more is known.
    • 2000, Andrew Wawn, The Vikings and the Victorians: Inventing the Old North in Nineteenth-Century Britain[2], page 232:
      Thunor still survives in properly edited texts of Beowulf; on funeral stones, to ensure that the dead can rest in peace; on jewels and amulets as a charm; and he can even be spotted on a holy font 'perpetually preaching that the Christian soldier should FIGHT AS LEAST AS BRAVELY against Baseness as ever did the Hammer-wielder'.
    • 2009, Alaric Albertsson, Travels Through Middle Earth: The Path of a Saxon Pagan[3], page 27:
      Many people consider Thunor to be the most approachable of the Saxon gods.