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Thor Stone

Standing Stone / Menhir


Regarding my folklore post (below) and the derivation of the Thor stone's name....

TomBo reckons that this theory is incorrect. He believes that there's an ancient deity (male) called Toar. It was he for whom the Tors (eg. Glastonbury Tor, Rough Tor) were named. His divine descendants include Thor and Taranus, the Keltic thunder god. The words "taurus" and "altar" (literally all-Toar) are also likely to be derived from his name. He was known in some places as Pen or Ben (for some reason), and in this guise he named Scotland's mountains (Ben Nevis etc.), Italy's Appenines and my own beloved Pennines.

Perfectly plausible, surely?
Jane Posted by Jane
13th May 2003ce

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