First, let me say that I don't normally even post in this forum but I just have to share this image.
I had downloaded this incredible picture of the Eyjafjallajokull erruption the other day. (I can't for the life of me find the original link to give
proper credit, so if anyone has it, please post it for me). It is a time-elapsed photo of the 'dirty lightening' storm that you sometimes see
inside a volcanic erruption. I have been noticing as I look at these pictures that they tend to have the same characteristics as pictures of flames:
you often can see faces in it.
So when I enlarged this picture for my desktop wallpaper I immediately saw the face looking out from the side of the plume, looking towards the earth.
It was an interesting face, with some sort of pointed hat.
Well, today I decided to do a quick history search on Iceland just for the heck of it, since it was such a unique, distinct look. I was floored. I
never expected to find anything. The very first link I went to had a picture of an ancient statue of Thor. This is a bronze statue dated from about
AD 1000. From Iceland. Apparently they originally were pagans that worshed several God's, Thor being one of them. He was the God of Thunder.
Here are the images and some comparisons. Oh....and no, I don't REALLY believe that Thor is in the volcano....or is he??
A close up of the face:
Here is a picture of the AD1000 bronze statue of Thor:
A seated bronze statue of Thor (about 6.4 cm) known as the Eyarland statue from about AD 1000 was recovered at a farm near Akureyri, Iceland and is a
featured display at the National Museum of Iceland. Thor is holding Mjöllnir, sculpted in the typically Icelandic cross-like shape. It has been
suggested that the statue is related to a scene from Þrymskviða where Thor recovers his hammer while seated by grasping it with both hands during
the wedding ceremony.
Main article: Christianisation of Iceland
The settlers of Iceland were dominantly pagans and worshipped the Norse gods, among them Odin, Thor, Freyr and Freyja. However, by the 10th century
political pressure from Europe to convert to Christianity mounted. As the end of the millennium grew near many prominent Icelanders had accepted the
new faith. In the year 1000, as a civil war between the religious groups seemed likely, the Alþing appointed one of the chieftains, Þorgeirr
Ljósvetningagoði, to decide the issue of religion by arbitration. He decided that the country should convert to Christianity as a whole, but that
pagans would be allowed to worship secretly
Thor is the red-haired and bearded god of thunder in Germanic mythology and Germanic paganism, and its subsets: Norse paganism, Anglo-Saxon
paganism and Continental Germanic paganism.
Thor was appealed to for protection on numerous objects found from various Germanic tribes. Miniature replicas of Mjöllnir, the weapon of Thor,
became a defiant symbol of Norse paganism during the Christianization of Scandinavia.
Wiji-history of Iceland
Lastly, for those that don't find the image so obvious: