One of the Germanic symbols that was destroyed early on was the famous Donar' s Oak, ( Thor's Oak ). This was an Oak tree that was sacred to the Pagan Germanic peoples, and was probably used for honoring the Gods and Goddesses with sacrifices. In 723, according to Saint Boniface, he ( the Saint) took one cut out of the great oak, and then a wind, supposedly the breath of their God blew the tree over. According to his account, because Donar did not strike him dead with a bolt of lightning it proved that the Christian God was stronger. The local peoples then agreed to be baptized and to convert. This story sounds a lot like the story of the conversion of the Icelanders in 1000 C.E.
Charlemagne, one of the worst killers of Pagan people, in his first campaign of the Saxon Wars, in 773, defeated the Engrians and forced them to cut down their Irminsul Pillar at Paderborn. This foul anti - Pagan leader later executed 4,500 prisoners of war for refusing to convert in what has gone down in history as the Massacre of Verdun.
The best account of a Norse Pagan temple being destroyed is in Heimskringla. From the History of Olav Trygvason( Snorri's spelling) we get this account : " King Olav now went into the temple with a few of his men and a few of the bonders, and when he came thither where the Gods were, he saw Thor sitting there , the most honoured of all the Gods and adorned in silver and gold. King Olav then heaved up a gold - chased spike - axe that he had in his hand and struck at Thor so that he fell from his place. The king' s men leaped up and thrust down all the Gods from their places; and whilst the king was in the temple Iron - Skeggi was slain outside the temple door. " Such was this evil mans hatred for the old Gods !
Adam of Bremen gives us a fairly good description of the last main temple to the old Gods that was built at Uppsala, in Sweden.
" A very famous temple exists in a town called Ubsola." It is adorned with gold", and has a three seperate thrones for Thor, "the mightiest", Wodan ( Odin ) and Fricco ( Freyr), who he describes as having "an immense erect penis ." He goes on to say that there is a golden chain around the entire building. He also describes, " a massive tree with far reaching branches, which is green in both summer and winter." He concludes saying, " there is a well by the tree which are held sacrifices." The Christians destroyed this fabulous temple and built their church directly over its ruins.
Incidents are still happening to this day ! On January 17, 2010, a Christian cross was left at the new Pagan worship center at the Air Force Academy. In September, 2011 a Pagan temple that was under construction in Poltava, Ukraine, was vandalized, and the keeper, Flamen Dialis Marcus, who was trying to protect the altar, was injured and sent to the hospital. On November 30, 2011, in Lampeter, South Wales, a Pagan site had its altar and fire pit destroyed, and the steps leading to it so badly damaged that they were deemed a safety hazard, and the area had to be closed !
Most Christians today are moderate and tolerant of our religious beliefs. The Asatruar I have spoken to from overseas, including the nice woman from the Asatru organization in Norway, have told me that in Scandinavia they are accepted and have had no incidents. History, past and present, has shown us, however, that we must keep up our guard, because there are Conservative Right Wing Christians who still wish to harm us and destroy our religious symbols. Like Great Heimdall we must always be vigilant against those who would do us harm !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !