Thor - the Norse God of Thunder

Artistic representation of the norse god of thunder thor wielding his hammer mjolnir

Name(s):

Thor

God of

Thunder and lightning

Gender:

Male

Symbols:

Mjolnir

Parents:

Odin and Jord

½ Siblings:

Baldur, Tyr and More

Greek Similar:

Zeus

Roman Similar:

Jupiter

 God of thunder, wielder of Mjolnir

Thor is the most famous of all the Norse deities, even having a weekday named after him, Thursday! (Thor’s day). Like his father Odin, Thor is an Aesir god, who personified strength and fertility. He is typically portrayed as a large man with fiery red hair and red beard. Thor’s fame eventually came to eclipse that of his father's by about the 9th century in Iceland, due to farmers fleeing Norway for Iceland, to escape the oppressive Norwegian ruler who was a devout and Odin worshipper.

Family

Son of half-giant Odin, ruler of the Aesir and full-giant mother, Jord (Fjörgen in old Norse), an earth goddess, whom not much is known of. Thor was married to Sif, a golden-haired goddess, with whom he fathered his daughter, Thrud. He had two sons, Magnin and Modi, with his giant mistress, Jarnsaxa. Each of his children were associated with strength and bravery, which they had inherited from their father.

Symbols

Thor had three key possessions, which are often used to depict the god of thunder. He carried a mighty hammer built by the dwarves, called Mjolnir. He also possessed a set of iron gloves called Jarngreipr and a magical belt named Megingjord, which allegedly doubled his already incredible strength.

These items were transported with him in a chariot, drawn by two colossal goats, called Tanngniost and Tanngrisnir. Thor would devour these goats at the end of the day, and they would always regenerate overnight, provided their bones remained intact,

More about Thor

In addition to being associated with thunder and lightning, Thor was also regarded as being a god of fertility and hallowing. His fiercest enemies were the giants of Jotunheim, as well as the giant serpent Jormungand, the symbol of evil in Norse mythology. An ancient book of Icelandic literature, the Eddas, tells of two encounters between Thor and Jormungand.

In one of these encounters, Thor almost pulled the serpent from the ocean it lived in, but was halted by Hymir the giant, who warned Thor that it could bring about the end of the world, Ragnarok. Despite his fierceness, Thor was also regarded as the protector of Midgard, or earth. The early Icelandic settlers would call upon him to sanctify their land with his hammer Mjolnir. He was also tasked with the blessing of many weddings

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