Olaus Magnus, in his History of the Nordic Peoples (1555), thought he was so superior, so smart. He laughed at the Geats, calling them superstitious, backwards, afraid of of thunder and lightning!
I contend that they were right, that horrible things lurk in the deep dark woods of their homeland. The Black Goat Herself dwells there in a den made of man's folly. Here Shub-Niggurath emerges from the woods to repel encroaching humanity. The Geats stand bravely, foolishly, for how can man stand against the gods?