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Thor has inspired numerous works of art and references to Thor appear in modern popular culture. Germanic peoples adopted the Roman weekly calendar, and replaced the names of Roman gods with their own. English “Thursday” and all other Germanic weekday cognates. Prior to the Viking Age, no examples are recorded. Viking Age as a defiant response to attempts at Christianization, similar to the wide scale Viking Age practice of wearing Thor’s hammer pendants. Mercury is the one they principally worship. They regard it as a religious duty to offer to him, on fixed days, human as well as other sacrificial victims.
In Thor’s case, the identification with the god Hercules is likely at least in part due to similarities between Thor’s hammer and Hercules’ club. Donar”, the southern Germanic form of the god’s name. Old English version of the god. Thunor had been a god’s name. Thor, with his mace, looks like Jupiter”. In Thor’s case, he continues, these sacrifices were done when plague or famine threatened. Germanic pagans for “profaning” a representation of Thor.