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Fishburn and Hughes: A Teutonic fertility goddess, formerly known as Nerthus, said by Tacitus to have been worshipped by early German tribes (Germania 40). Hertha corresponds to the Nordic Jord, earth goddesss and mother of Thor. In Germanic sagas Hertha (or Erda) is the oldest and wisest of the gods to whom Wotan appeals for knowledge. Story of the Warrior and the Captive Maiden