Is there any difference between the Anglo-Saxon and Norse gods?
I already knew that the English days of the week are a vestigial remnant of Anglo-Saxon paganism: Tiw (Tuesday), Woden (Wednesday), Thunor (Thursday) and Frige (Friday). Similarly, I knew about Eostre (Easter) and Hel (Hell). There isn’t much new ground covered in this video.
From Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of England:
“The first two commanders are said to be Hengist and Horsa, being afterwards slain in battle by the Britons, was buried in the eastern parts of Kent, where a monument, bearing his name, is still in existence. They were the sons of Victgilsus, whose father was Vecta, son of Woden; from whose stock the royal race of many provinces deduce their original.”
According to Bede, Hengist and Horsa were the commanders of the force who led the ancestors of the English to Britain were the grandsons of Woden who was a real person. The royal houses of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Kent, Wessex, East Anglia, Mercia, Deira and Bernicia (Northumbria) all claimed descent from Woden.
According to Dr. Jackson Crawford, Odin and Woden are just different names for the same god in old Germanic languages which is what we would expect:
According to Survive the Jive, Woden and Odin are also just different names for the same god in similar languages and stem from a common proto-Indo-European root:
The Vikings who invaded England were closely related to the Anglo-Saxons. The two groups had only diverged a few centuries before. It is hard to discern the genetic impact that the Vikings had on England because the two groups were almost genetically indistinguishable. As for the Celts who occupied Britain, even they had only diverged from the Germanics in the Bronze Age a few thousand years before and both were descended from the Yamnaya.