Gods of White Marsh Theod

White Marsh Theod honors the gods and goddesses of the Anglo-Saxons. Most people know them by their more familiar Old Norse names (Óðinn, Þörr, Freyja, etc.) as the literary legacy of the Old Norse myths provide the greatest amount of information. While the Anglo-Saxon gods are not exact duplicates of the Norse, there is enough commonality between for them to be mutually intelligible. To prevent any confusion we have included the more familiar Old Norse names at the end of each description.  While an exhaustive list of the deities we honor goes beyond the scope of this website, we present to you a few of the more popular deities from our pantheon.

The Godly Tribes

Traditionally, the collective pantheon is made up of two godly tribes: The Ése and Wen. We aren't exactly sure if the Anglo-Saxons viewed these tribes in the same manner as later Norse sources, but White Marsh Theod has decided to view them as separate and distinct tribes who cooperate to create an orderly and fruitful world.

The Ése

The word Ós (plural form Ése) is derived from the ancient Proto-Indo-European word *ansu which has been defined as meaning either "god", "ancestral spirit" and also possibly "boundary post" (see the works of the late Dr. Edgar Polome for more info). There are other words related to *ansu in that mean "life, air or breath" and so it would appear that the *ansu were originally the gods of the celestial sphere and sky who bestow the animating "breath of life" to mankind. The Nordic Eddas reflect this idea when the gods give their spiritual gifts to the lifeless shapes of the first man and woman - Ǽsc and Elm. (ON-Æsir)

The Wen

The origin of the word Wan (plural form Wen) is an item of much debate.  Many scholars (most notably Edgar Polome) relate it to the Proto-Indo-European word *wen, a word meaning "friend or desire". We like this meaning because we view the Wen not only as the friends of the Ése, but our close and dear friends. They are the gods who give both material and sensual gifts (OE-giefu) to mankind. They nurture us and allow us to grow as a people. From these gifts we receive joy (OE-wynn- a word also related to *wen) and prosperity. (ON-Vanir)

Other Gods

White Marsh Theod also honors the animistic deities (sun, moon, night, day, etc.) and a host of other "lesser deities": the localized spirits of the land, and the cove gods of the home and hearth.