Thor the God of Thunder in Norse Mythology 2017-03-11T15:18:29+00:00

Thor: The God of Thunder

Thor (In Old Norse Þórr) is the almighty God of thunder in Norse mythology, he is the son of Odin and Fjörgyn.
Thor is associated with the day thursday which is named after him. Thor has red hair and a beard, Thor is also known to be very ill tempered. Thor is associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees and strength, Thor is the strongest of all the Gods and the protector of mankind in Midgard.

While Thor is the strongest of the Gods, he is not the smartest or the most wise of the Gods, and many giants tease or fool him as much as they can. When the giants make fun of him it makes Thor furious, and when Thor grabs his hammer Mjölnir while enraged, it makes loud noises with sparks and lightning.

This makes the giants crumble in fear and sends chills down their spines. Thor loves to fight the giants, and with his hammer Mjölnir, his powerbelt Megingjörð and his iron gloves Járngreipr, he always has the upper hand. Thor lives in Asgard together with his wife Sif at a place called Thrudheim, the name means “Place of Might”. It’s an enormous house with 540 rooms, and it’s the biggest house known in Asgard.

Here Thor and Sif live with their two children Trud and Modi, but also a stepson named Ullr who Thor adopted. Thor also has a son named Magni with a giantess called Jarnsaxa. Thor and Sif also has two servants a boy named Thialfi and girl named Röskva.

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“Thor’s Battle Against the Jötnar” by Mårten Eskil Winge (1872)

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Thor has two goats

Whenever Thor rides out from Asgard in his chariot he has two goats that pulls his chariot, their names are Tanngniost “Teeth barer” and Tanngrisnir “Teeth grinder”. People can hear the sound from the wheels, and see the sparks and lightning from the wheels sent out as Thor fly across the sky. The people in Midgard calls this thunder and lightning. If Thor is going to be away from home for more then a day, he will cook the goats, but Thor will always revive them with his hammer Mjölnir the next day.

Thor’s Hammer

Mjölnir is Thor’s hammer, it’s one of the most frightening weapons, it can send out lightning bolts and is capable of tearing down mountains and Mjölnir can hit any target. After the target is hit, Thor’s hammer will return to Thor’s right hand all by itself. The hammer can be used to kill and destroy, but also revive people or animals. Thor’s hammer can also be magically shrunken to fit inside Thor’s shirt. The hammer Mjölnir is also used in sacred ceremonies; it can be ceremonies about birth but also death.

Thor’s hammer was forged by the dwarfs Brokkr and Eitri. Mjölnir was once stolen by the Giant Trym, and the price for getting it back was the hand of the fertility Goddess Freya. Thor also has some other powerful items, like a pair of iron gauntlets and a magical belt, when he wears both of these magical items it makes him twice as strong. The belt is called Megingjord, “power belt” and the iron gauntlets are called Járnglófar.

The servants of Thor

Thor’s  two servants are siblings they are the children of a peasant farmer from Midgard. Long ago when Thor and Loki stayed one night at their farm, Thor shared the meat generously with the family from his two goats Teeth-barer and Teeth grinder. The boy Thialfi broke one of bones and sucked out the delicious marrow. When Thor resurrected the goats the next morning, he found out that one of the goats was limping on of the legs and Thor became furious. Thor then demanded that Thialfi and Röskva became his servants, and came back with him to Asgard.

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