For some time now I have held a slightly deeper view of whom the God’s “are” as found within the homomorphic version that mankind portraits in all mythology of Divinity, ~including Indo-European lore.
Beyond simply equated as archetypes, I have come to understand the God’s are forces of mankind’s awareness and collusion with the natural world and how we as a mammalian species have evolved within it.
As found in the below article, I view Thor as not just the sky wedding with the earth, I also Ken Thor as a representative of how man evolved; with Thor as the embodiment of when humans learned mastery over their environment, so Thor becomes our God-like representative of “the missing link” i.e.=humanity understanding our ability through tool use and might we have the power of domination over Nature Herself. (The Giants/Jontun)
Thor’s hammer then literally becomes the very power human kind wields through tool usage to transform and dominate the very world that surrounds us; the God like power to perceive a desired outcome for how we feel we wish our lives to unfold, then going about making it manifest through our actions of might, domination and will.
I then come to see Odin as the first Shaman, which for me is human kinds ability to understand after dominating the natural world we humans underwent a nasty bi-product; we lost our instinctual connection to holistic living upon our life giver, Jord, ~who holds the secrets of the original God Herself, Earth’s own life giving Mother and Creatrix: Nott .
Odin, I have discovered, represents the epitome of human kinds realization we have erroneously become to engrossed in civilization and view homo-sapiens as the only species who’s limited “needs and wants” are the only pertaining matters of self-serving importance on the planet.
Odin as the first Shaman shows us the God like ability to find ourselves and our sacred power by returning to the wilderness, and going deep within the hidden realms to remember the sacred Goddess given/taught dance of seidr, and what it means to be one with all the worlds and all the creatures great and small contained within them.
And of course Freya becomes the embodiment of the original Divine Feminine, since the word Freya is a title, not a name, and means “The Lady.”
I have found ALL the Ancient God’s, including the Norse ones each have a role where humanity married the natural world order; thereby giving a more accurate and understandable application to the teaching metaphors that ALL sacred lore imparts to our(humanity) animal-versus-civilization evolutionary journey, and how as a species we can holistically continue our Sagas on this planet; without destroying ourselves and our neighbors as we play out our amazing eons old Edda.
This is just my understanding of God “archetypes” but as always, mileage will vary!