Not because of how I feel about it or someone else might feel about it or what it represents or the unintentional harm it does to so many, although those are great reasons too, but instead, stop using the r-word simply because I am asking you to.
Because it means that much to me.
Spread the word to end the word.
Maybe I just figured out my own answer...
Sea urchin fossils have been found in burial mounds & other archeological sites around the world dating back at least 400,000 years - including in the Nordic countries, Northern Europe & the British Isles. Throughout human history, they have been thought of as weapons of the Thunder God thrown down from the storm clouds. They fit in the palm of your hand & have a mark that looks like a star (taken to be a sign of the Thunderer).
The photo shows a small sea urchin fossil made into a pendant with bronze bands during the Viking Age. Metal hammers were not the only Thor-amulets! It was found at Lindholm Høje, a burial site used in the Iron Age & Viking Age. In the 1950s, 700 graves were discovered at the location that had been made between 400-1000 CE.
If you'd like to learn more about the strange history of thunderstones (including sea urchin fossils), read Christopher Blinkenberg's "The Thunderweapon in Religion and Folklore." You can find a free eBook of this classic work in the "Scholarly Works – 20th Century" Section of The Norse Mythology Online Library: norsemyth.org/p/books.html
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