Thor: Wikis

  
  
  
  

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thor's Battle Against the Giants (1872) by Mårten Eskil Winge.
Statue of Thor at Mariatorget in Stockholm
.Thor (Old Norse: Þōrr, Þunarr; Old English: Þunor, Þūr; Old Saxon: Þunær;[1] Frisian: Tonger, Old Dutch: Donar; Old High German: Donar; Proto-Germanic: *Thunaraz) is the red-haired and bearded[2][3] god of thunder in Germanic mythology and Germanic paganism, and its subsets: Norse paganism, Anglo-Saxon paganism and Continental Germanic paganism.^ Thor is one of many Norse gods.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This Thor is red-haired and bearded like the traditional Viking myth, but his powers are otherwise identical to the 616 version.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Then there's the defunct ancient beliefs like Greek gods in Wonder Woman, ancient Egyptian reincarnation in Hawkman, Norse gods from Thor, and then made for comics gods like The New Gods.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Most surviving stories relating to Germanic mythology either mention Thor or focus on Thor's exploits. .Thor was a much revered god of the ancient Germanic peoples from at least the earliest surviving written accounts of the indigenous Germanic tribes to over a thousand years later in the late Viking Age.^ If not specifically Catholic, Thor and the Asgardians are at least a god-fearing people.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I think his whole point is that Thor himself does not consider himself a God in the sense that most people today use the word.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Then there's the defunct ancient beliefs like Greek gods in Wonder Woman, ancient Egyptian reincarnation in Hawkman, Norse gods from Thor, and then made for comics gods like The New Gods.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.Thor was appealed to for protection on numerous objects found from various Germanic tribes.^ Only four of the Aesir deities were common to other Germanic tribes: Odin (Wodan), Frigg, Thor (Donar) and Tyr (Tiw or Tiwaz).

.Miniature replicas of Mjöllnir, the weapon of Thor, became a defiant symbol of Norse paganism during the Christianization of Scandinavia.^ Ironically we all know Thor to derive from the Pagan Norse Mythology which is vastly different from Christianity as a whole.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor is identified as an adherent of Tuetonic paganism, but Thor's actually a god himself, so does this mean he and the other members of the Norse pantheon worship each other?...
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Quote [from website this forum is discussion]: Thor: Teutonic paganism ("Norse mythology") .
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

[4][5]

Contents

Etymology

.Proto-Germanic *thunaraz,[6] "thunder" gave rise to Old Norse Þorr, German Donner, Dutch donder as well as Old English Þunor whence Modern English thunder with epenthetic d.^ Cognate to Modern German Wut and English wood (used archaically to mean madness)..
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I believe Walt Simonson used old Norse religion extremely well to tell Thor stories.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Swedish tordön and Danish and Norwegian torden have the suffix -dön/-den originally meaning "rumble" or "din." The Scandinavian languages also have the word dunder, borrowed from Middle Low German.
Both the God and "thunder" are related to the Celtichi taranis (modern Irish tarann), the term for thunder as well as the name of the God Taranis.

Characteristics

Family

.In the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, Thor is the son of Odin and the giantess Jörd (Jord, the Earth).^ Jörd was probably Odin's first wife, since their son Thor , was the eldest son of Odin.

^ Tyr was possibly the son of Odin and of Frigg or the giantess Fjörgyn (Fjorgyn), and younger of brother of Thor .

^ Thor also married Enchantress and had a son, Magni , during his reign over Earth.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

.His wife is called Sif, and little is known of her except that she has golden hair, which was cut off by Loki.^ Her golden hair was cut off by Loki as a trick, and replaced with hair of gold made by the Dwarves.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Like when he cut beautiful golden hair of Sif .

^ Thor married Sif , the golden-haired goddess.

.With his mistress, the giantess Járnsaxa, Thor had two sons, Móði and Magni.^ Thor also married Enchantress and had a son, Magni , during his reign over Earth.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ She gave Thor two sons, Magni ("Might") and Modi ("Wrath") who survive Ragnarök.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

.With Sif he had his daughter Thrud.^ Thrud is Thor and Sif's very strong daughter.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thrud was the daughter of Thor and Sif .

.The euhemeristic prologue of the Prose Edda also indicates he has a son by Sif named Lóriði, along with an additional 17 generations of descendants, but the prologue was meant to give a plausible explanation on how the Aesir came to be worshipped even though they were more like giants than gods.^ Their son was named Day (Dag), god of day.

^ They had a son, named Forseti .

^ Like his father and sister, Freyr was originally a Vanir deity before he became an Aesir god.

.Thor also has a stepson called Ullr who is a son of Sif.^ Ull was the son of Sif , wife of Thor.

^ This Sibyl married Tror (Thor), who she had met in the realm of Thrace, which Sturluson called Thrudheim.

^ Ullr, Uller, Ull, Wulder - ON. OE. Winter God of archery, skiing and yew magic.Stepson of Thor, from a previous union between Sif and Orvandil, a star hero.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

.Skáldskaparmál mentions a figure named Hlóra who was Thor's foster mother, corresponding to Lora or Glora from Snorri Sturluson's prologue, although no additional information concerning her is provided in the book.^ This Sibyl married Tror (Thor), who she had met in the realm of Thrace, which Sturluson called Thrudheim.

^ Thor also had two servants, Thialfi and Roskva, son and daughter of a farmer, named Egil, who had given hospitality to Thor and Loki.

^ After all, although there are bound to be a few devotees somewhere, there can't be very many people who actually believe in Thor.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Mjöllnir

Drawing of an archaeological find from Öland, Sweden of a gold plated depiction of Mjöllnir in silver.
.Thor owns a short-handled hammer, Mjöllnir, which, when thrown at a target, returns magically to its owner.^ The origin of the uru hammer, Thor being thrown from Asgard to being a mere mortal...
  • Mark Protosevich's brilliant THOR script to be directed by STARDUST's Matthew Vaughn!!! -- Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

His Mjöllnir also has the power to throw lightning bolts. .To wield Mjöllnir, Thor wears the belt Megingjord, which boosts the wearer's strength and a pair of special iron gloves, Járngreipr, to lift the hammer.^ Thor has also used the Belt of Strength, which doubles his strength while he wears it.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Hulk lifted Thors hammer by Sappers Forward .
  • Mark Protosevich's brilliant THOR script to be directed by STARDUST's Matthew Vaughn!!! -- Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Thor tried to lift the mighty hammer one more time and this time he was successful.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

Mjöllnir is also his main weapon when fighting giants. The uniquely shaped symbol subsequently became a very popular ornament during the Viking Age and has since become an iconic symbol of Germanic paganism.

Chariot

.Thor travels in a chariot drawn by goats Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr, sometimes with his servant and messenger Þjálfi and Þjálfi's sister Röskva.^ Thor had a chariot drawn by two goats – Tanngniost and Tanngrisnir, Thor became known as Oku-Thor.

The skaldic poem Haustlöng relates that the earth was scorched and the mountains cracked as Thor traveled in his wagon. According to the Prose Edda, when Thor is hungry he can roast the goats for a meal. .When he wants to continue his travels, Thor only needs to bless the remains of the goats with his hammer Mjöllnir, and they will be instantly restored to full health to resume their duties, assuming that the bones have not been broken.^ Thor wanted to restore the place of the Asgardian gods on Earth as gods to be worshiped.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They tell Thor that they only saved him because of their loyalty even though they still believe that he was the killer.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ At one point, Thor could time travel by spinning his hammer in similar fashion, but that power was removed by Immortus .
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

Bilskirnir

.Bilskirnir, in the kingdom Þrúðheimr or Þrúðvangr, is the hall of Thor in Norse mythology.^ Ironically we all know Thor to derive from the Pagan Norse Mythology which is vastly different from Christianity as a whole.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I mean, how many people were first introduced to Norse mythology through Thor?
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thrudheim, Trudvang - ("Land of Strength") Thor's realm in Asgard and site of his hall Bilskirnir.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

Here he lives with his wife Sif and their children. .According to Grímnismál, the hall is the greatest of buildings and contains 540 rooms, located in Asgard, as are all the dwellings of the gods, in the kingdom of Þrúðheimr (or Þrúðvangar according to Gylfaginning and Ynglinga saga).^ All the gods were at battle as if it was soon to be the end of Asgard.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He dwelled in his hall Himinbjörg (Himinbiorg – "Cliff of the Hills" or "Heavenly Fall"), at the edge of Asgard, near Bifröst.

^ Enchantress was then returned to Asgard and the gods could all feast once again.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

Stories

A detail from runestone G 181 in the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm. The three men are interpreted as Odin, Thor and Freyr, due to the objects they hold in their hands: a spear, a hammer-like object and a scythe.
According to one myth in the Þórsdrápa and the Prose Edda, Loki was flying as a hawk one day and was captured by Geirröd. .Geirröd, who hated Thor, demanded that Loki bring his enemy to Geirröd's dwelling without his magic belt and hammer.^ Thrym - [thrim] The ruler of the Giants, who is utterly hard-hearted and an avowed enemy of Thor.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Utgardh-Loki - Giant King of a castle in Utgard, who tested Thor and companions in competitions and cheated.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I think we can safely exclude the gods of the respective universes from this discussion, since it's pretty clear who Thor, Hercules, Odin, Loki, and Zeus would believe in...
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Loki agreed to lead Thor to the trap. On the way there they stopped at the home of the giantess Grid. .She waited until Loki left the room, then told Thor what was happening, and gave him her iron gloves and magical belt and staff.^ Yet before the destruction of the contraption Loki stops Thor and tries to stall him to complete the destruction of Asgard.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They brought him back to Asgard and Thor told them that he needed to undergo his Odinsleep .
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor gave the farmer enough gold to fill his truck and the farmer left.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

.In the Prose Edda's version of the story, as Thor approached Geirrod's home one of his two daughters, Gjálp and Greip, straddled a river and caused it to flood; Thor was saved by clinging to a rowan tree.^ One of the best things is also in The Ultimates (the version of Avengers) with a Thor with a vision more world-wise.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ One could take the approach that Marvel Comics has classically used, in which Thor stated quite clearly that even the Gods of Asgard, Olympus, etc.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Just to throw in my two cents regarding the Thor, belief in one God ect...
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.At Geirrod's home, the daughters again tried to kill him using a chair that shot towards the ceiling, but by bracing himself with the staff he broke their backs and killed them.^ They try to attack and kill Blake, but Sif gets in front of Blake and protects him from the Doombots.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

.Thor then killed Geirröd by throwing a lump of molten iron at him through a pillar, and all other frost giants he could find.^ After the fight, Thor is killed by Giant Man .
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But Thor came flying from the sky and he flew straight through and killed the Frost Giant.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor led a warriors life in Asgard as he fought Frost Giants and other enemies of the realm.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

.According to Alvíssmál, Alviss, a dwarf, claimed that Thrud had been promised to him in marriage.^ Thor prevented the marriage between Thrud and a dwarf named Alvis; her father delayed the wedding before turning the dwarf into stone.

.Thor devised a plan to stop Alviss from marrying his daughter: he told Alviss that, because of his small height, he had to prove his wisdom.^ Thor stopped all of his activity on Earth because of this and the worship of the Asgardian gods eventually died out.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

.Alviss agreed, and Thor made the tests last until after the sun had risen — all dwarves turned to stone when exposed to sunlight, so Alviss was petrified.^ Thor prevented the marriage between Thrud and a dwarf named Alvis; her father delayed the wedding before turning the dwarf into stone.

The runestone found in Sønder Kirkby, Falster, Denmark calls upon Thor to "hallow these runes!"
[The] Giant Skrymir and Thor, by Louis Huard. "Skrymir" is the name Útgarða-Loki gave when Thor first met him.
.On one of his expeditions to Giantland, Thor was tricked in several ways by the magic of a giant king, Útgarða-Loki.^ Loki turns into a snake in one scene to taunt Thor.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Utgardh-Loki - Giant King of a castle in Utgard, who tested Thor and companions in competitions and cheated.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As he fought Loki and Odin, Thor returned from his recent journey and killed the Giant by throwing Mjolnir at him.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

.First, as he, Loki, Þjálfi, and Röskva were on their way to his castle, they spent a night in a strangely-shaped hall that turned out to be the glove of a huge giant who gave his name as Skrymir.^ Giantess Gunnlod gave birth to Bragi after Odin spent three nights with her and stole the Mead of Poetry.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Svadilfari [svad-ill-far-ee] - ("He who picks the hard way) A stallion which belonged to a Rock Giant.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I´m very happy with the way Begins is turning out, but still would love to see that.
  • Dream project that'll never happen ? [Archive] - The Superhero Hype! Boards 19 September 2009 19:52 UTC forums.superherohype.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Skrymir suggested pooling their provisions, but after he bedded down for the night, they discovered he had tied the bag so tightly that they could not open it. Enraged, Thor hit him on the head three times with Mjöllnir, but he awoke saying he had felt acorns falling on his head. .After parting from Skrymir they came to the castle, where Útgarða-Loki tricked them several times in contests.^ I think they played in a band or something part time and fought crime...
  • OT: 1980's-1990's Name that Cartoon Game!!!! [Archive] - Don Murphy Message Board 19 September 2009 19:52 UTC www.donmurphy.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He tricked Thor by racing Thought itself against Thor's fast servant, Þjálfi (nothing being faster than thought).^ The editorial reply indicated that they had not thought about it other than that "the Avengers, being Americans, would be mostly Christians or Jews."
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Many issues of Thor featuring the famed titular superhero as well as other fellow Asgardians speaking of a creator or higher supreme being who created their race.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor explains something like, "I'm a higher being, but their is a higher being than me and my kind, so your mother is right to believe whatever she chooses".
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Then Loki was challenged by to an eating contest with Logi, one of his servants. Loki lost. The servant even ate up the trough containing the food. The servant was an illusion of "Wild-Fire," no living thing being able to equal the consumption rate of fire. Útgarða-Loki also called .Thor weak when he only lifted the paw of a cat, the cat being an illusion of the Midgard Serpent.^ Thor will fight the Midgard Serpent, Freyr will battle Surt, and Tyr will fight Garm.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

Thor was challenged to a drinking contest, and could not empty a horn which was filled not with mead but was connected to the ocean. This action started tidal changes. .And finally, Thor wrestled an old woman, Elli, who was Old Age, something no one can beat, to one knee.^ The dead that were alloted to her were the people who died of sickness or old age.

^ During the final battle of the gods ( Ragnarök ), Thor and Jörmungand would kill one another.

^ With the Thundercats in place, minus Tygra who was killed, Lion-O sets forth for one final confrontation with Mumm-Ra, who seems more powerful than ever...
  • Dream project that'll never happen ? [Archive] - The Superhero Hype! Boards 19 September 2009 19:52 UTC forums.superherohype.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The next morning Thor and his companions left humiliated, but Útgarða-Loki went out with them and once they were away from the castle, revealed the trickery he had used - starting when he had appeared to them in disguise calling himself Skrymir and had tied the bag with wire and placed a hill between himself and Thor.^ Loki revealed that the body he was using was the body of Sif.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor ’s next victim, not only used her radio when challenged on July 20, but tried to escape, and returned fire with her stern-mounted gun as she ran.
  • Hilfskreuzer (Auxiliary Cruiser / Raider) - Thor 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.bismarck-class.dk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I think his whole point is that Thor himself does not consider himself a God in the sense that most people today use the word.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.He showed the god the three deep indentations in it from the hammer-blows and said that he had been truly afraid at their performance and would never again risk coming near Thor.^ When Heimdall blows Gjallahorn , it would to signify and warn the other gods of the coming of Ragnarök (Ragnarok).

^ Probably the best comic you could find to figure out who believes in a god or a god, or have deep faith in God or a god would be: .
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.Another noted story involving Thor, told in Þrymskviða and the Prose Edda, was the time when Þrymr, King of the Giants, stole his hammer, Mjöllnir.^ Utgardh-Loki - Giant King of a castle in Utgard, who tested Thor and companions in competitions and cheated.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For some reason I cannot now remember, Thor was talking to a giant eyeball who told him the story of a previous Asgard that had acted out Ragnarok, causing Thor's Asgard to come into existence.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ (See Thrym , for the amusing story, when he lost Mjollnir and disguised himself as the goddess Freyja , to retrieve the hammer from the giants).

.Thor went to Loki, hoping to find the culprit responsible for the theft, then Loki and Thor went to Freyja for counsel.^ TheComicForums.com ) When Loki's scheming leads to Thor being banished from Asgard, he must forget his vanity, find Mjolnir, and make his way home.
  • Thor Spoilers: Movies: UGO 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC movieblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Thor , Ull , Freyja , Loki , sons of Ivaldi .

Freyja gave Loki the Feather-robe so that he could travel to the land of the giants, to speak to their king. .The king admitted to stealing the hammer, and would not give it back unless Freyja gave him her hand in marriage.^ His mother gave him special iron shoes that he would wear in Ragnarök (Ragnarok).

^ Strange also told him that he would now be bonded with the hammer and if ever it get severely damaged or destroyed, Thor would die.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

Freyja angrily refused, so the gods decided to think of a way to trick the King. .Heimdall suggested dressing up Thor in a bridal gown, so that he could take Freyja's place.^ One could take the approach that Marvel Comics has classically used, in which Thor stated quite clearly that even the Gods of Asgard, Olympus, etc.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor asked Heimdall if he could aid him in his quest to restore Asgard because Heimdall could see all.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Sentry intercepts him and knocks him down, but Thor quickly gets up and takes the Sentry out with an attack.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

.Thor at first refused to humiliate himself in such a way, but Loki insisted that he do so or the Giants would attack and defeat Asgard since he did not have his hammer to defend it.^ Loki was attacked and slayed a frost giant.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Asgard was under attack by the Frost Giants .
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ So the king himself binds his daughter to the bed; he did not recognise Odin, since he assumed Wecha to be a woman.

.So Thor, disguised as a bride in one of Freyja's gowns and a veil and accompanied by Loki as his attendant, rode to the wedding feast.^ Loki turns into a snake in one scene to taunt Thor.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor began fighting evil and was one of the founding Avengers after Loki tricked the Hulk and other heroes to fight each other.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

.The king noted that his bride ate and drank significantly more than he would expect.^ I, for one, would like to see some character get revamped as a Born Again Christian, rather than the usual darker, angrier more violent version.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Not that I have a problem with SM, but I'd think that a series would be more satisfying than a movie anyway, and it already exists.
  • Dream project that'll never happen ? [Archive] - The Superhero Hype! Boards 19 September 2009 19:52 UTC forums.superherohype.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It seems ridiculous to me that that the hammer would have any more effect than Thor himself.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Loki explained that she had gone without food for eight days and nights in her eagerness to marry him. He then asked why his bride's eyes gleamed like fire, and Loki responded similarly, that she had not slept for eight days and nights in her excitement. Then the giant commanded that the hammer be brought to his wife and placed in her lap to bless her. .Once it was in Thor's possession, he threw off his disguise and killed all the giants in the room.^ After the fight, Thor is killed by Giant Man .
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor then went off in a mission to return and find all the missing Asgardians.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As he fought Loki and Odin, Thor returned from his recent journey and killed the Giant by throwing Mjolnir at him.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

The giants were careful not to try the same trick again.
.In a story told in Hymiskviða and the Prose Edda, Thor went fishing for the Midgard Serpent with the giant Hymir as his reluctant companion, killing his best ox to use its head for bait, rowing his boat out far beyond where the giant considered safe, then once he had hooked the gigantic monster, hauling so hard on the line to bring its head within range of a killing blow that both his feet went through the bottom of the boat and he was bracing himself against the sea-bottom.^ One root grows above Urdhr's Well within Asgard, another over Mimir's Well among frost-Giants (where Ginnungagap once was), and the third over Hvergelmir Well in Niflheim.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The sky is made out of the Giant Ymir's head.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Svadilfari [svad-ill-far-ee] - ("He who picks the hard way) A stallion which belonged to a Rock Giant.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

Hymir, terrified, cut the line and Thor knocked him overboard head-first and waded ashore with the boat.
According to Völuspá and the Prose Edda, Thor will face Jörmungandr again at Ragnarök. .The two mortal enemies will be locked in combat and though Thor will slay the great serpent, he will only be able to take nine steps before falling dead from the venom.^ Venom from a serpent would drip on his head, causing tremendous agony and such great spasm, that the whole earth shook.

Literary sources

The Stenkvista runestone in Södermanland, Sweden, shows Thor's hammer instead of a cross.

Eddic depictions

.The two largest sources of information regarding Thor are the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier oral tradition, and the Prose Edda, written by in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson.^ Prose Edda was written by Snorri Sturluson.

^ Just to throw in my two cents regarding the Thor, belief in one God ect...
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Modi appeared to be both a poet and a warrior, in the kennings found in Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda.

Both are from Iceland, although some of the poems were composed in Norway.

Poetic Edda

Prose Edda

Sagas

"Elli and Thor" (1939-1940) by Einar Jónsson.
Thor is also mentioned in numerous sagas, which made use of skaldic poetry and oral traditions.

Old Saxon Baptismal Vow

Thor, as Donar, is mentioned in a Old Saxon Baptismal vow in Vatican Codex pal. 577 along with Woden and Saxnot. The 8th or 9th century vow, intended for Christianizing pagans, is recorded as:
ec forsacho allum dioboles uuercum and uuordum, Thunaer ende Uuöden ende Saxnote ende allum them unholdum the hira genötas sint
Which translates to:
I renounce all the words and works of the devil, Thunear, Woden and Saxnôt, and all those fiends that are their associates.[1]
The battle of Thor and the Midgard Serpent (1788) by Henry Fuseli.

Gesta Danorum

In the 12th century, Saxo Grammaticus, in the service of Archbishop Absalon in Denmark, presented in his Latin language work Gesta Danorum euhemerized accounts of Thor and Odin as cunning sorcerers that, Saxo states, had fooled the people of Norway, Sweden and Denmark into their recognition as gods:
.There were of old certain men versed in sorcery, Thor, namely, and Odin, and many others, who were cunning in contriving marvellous sleights; and they, winning the minds of the simple, began to claim the rank of gods.^ Thor is one of many Norse gods.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Columnist [Alan Donaled]: "I find it quite odd to be frank over in Marvel we've got a Norse God running round as a superhero yet claiming to be a God.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Odin was depicted as somber and grim bearded god, who sacrificed one of his eyes, so he could drink from the well of Mirmir ( Well of Wisdom ).

For, in particular, they ensnared Norway, Sweden and Denmark in the vainest credulity, and by prompting these lands to worship them, infected them with their imposture. .The effects of their deceit spread so far, that all other men adored a sort of divine power in them, and, thinking them either gods or in league with gods, offered up solemn prayers to these inventors of sorceries, and gave to blasphemous error the honour due to religion.^ But in Marvel and DC universes, you have other, "pagan" gods wandering around all the time.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Later transferred to the Regensburg, with the crews of Thor’ s other victims, these men were evidently very well treated on board the raider.
  • Hilfskreuzer (Auxiliary Cruiser / Raider) - Thor 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.bismarck-class.dk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Admittedly, it's a little wierd to think that a radiation accident gave someone the ability to so closely mimic a god but oh well.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.Some say that the gods, whom our countrymen worshipped, shared only the title with those honoured by Greece or Latium, but that, being in a manner nearly equal to them in dignity, they borrowed from them the worship as well as the name.^ God, in the Christian sense, is a being of unproven existance in whom people have faith.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ TB [Tom Brevoort]: Well, I think that for the average person in the Marvel universe, sort of taking it from that point of view, they look at Thor and they say he is a superhero.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It was hard to realise that they had sunk our ship and nearly killed us a short while back but, strange to say we were a little sad at leaving them!” .
  • Hilfskreuzer (Auxiliary Cruiser / Raider) - Thor 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.bismarck-class.dk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

This must be sufficient discourse upon the deities of Danish antiquity. I have expounded this briefly for the general profit, that my readers may know clearly to what worship in its heathen superstition our country has bowed the knee. (Gesta Danorum, Book I)[7]

Archaeological record

10th century Eyarland statue of Thor found in Iceland.
.Thor was a very popular deity to the Germanic people and a number of surviving depictions of not only him but also his exploits have survived many years of natural and intentional destruction.^ Out of approximately 520, only 331 people survived the sinking of the Britannia.
  • Hilfskreuzer (Auxiliary Cruiser / Raider) - Thor 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.bismarck-class.dk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Out of a total of 527, only 332 people survived the sinking of the Britannia.
  • Hilfskreuzer (Auxiliary Cruiser / Raider) - Thor 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.bismarck-class.dk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Nordendorf fibula

Dating from the 7th century, the Nordendorf fibula, an (Alamannic) fibula found in Nordendorf near Augsburg (Bavaria) bears an Elder Futhark inscription mentioning Donar, the Western Germanic tribes' name for Thor.

Emblematic Mjöllnir replicas

Widely popular in Scandinavia, Mjöllnir replicas were used in Blóts and other sacral ceremonies, such as weddings. Many of these replicas were also found in graves and tended to be furnished with a loop, allowing them to be worn. .They were most widely discovered in areas with a strong Christian influence including southern Norway, south-eastern Sweden, and Denmark.^ Most Christians, (or other believers of faith) have the knowledge that they'll will see their dead loved ones again someday in Heaven.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Most of my characters tend to be non-Bible-thumping, laid back Christians with some Pagan influences (kind of like me;) ).
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

[4] By the late 10th century, increased uniformity in Mjöllnir's design over previous centuries suggest it functioned as a popular accessory worn in defiance of the Christian cross.

Icelandic statue

.A seated bronze statue of Thor (about 6.4 cm) known as the Eyarland statue from about AD 1000 was recovered at a farm near Akureyri, Iceland and is a featured display at the National Museum of Iceland.^ Thor holding his war-hammer Bronze statuette AD 1000, Iceland Statens Historiska Museum, Stockholm .

^ Apart from his association with his father (Thor) and brother Magni, and that he survived Ragnarok, not much is known about Modi.

.Thor is holding Mjöllnir, sculpted in the typically Icelandic cross-like shape.^ Thor holding his war-hammer Bronze statuette AD 1000, Iceland Statens Historiska Museum, Stockholm .

It has been suggested that the statue is related to a scene from Þrymskviða where Thor recovers his hammer while seated by grasping it with both hands during the wedding ceremony.[8] the largest being the Stenkvista runestone.

Rune and image stones

The Altuna Runestone, Sweden, depicts Thor's foot breaching his boat while struggling with the Midgard Serpent.
.Most runestones were raised during the 11th century and so they coincided with the Christianization of Scandinavia.^ Most Christians, (or other believers of faith) have the knowledge that they'll will see their dead loved ones again someday in Heaven.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

There are approximately six runic inscriptions that appear to refer to him and five of them do so in invocations to consecrate the stones.[9] Three of the inscriptions are found in Sweden (the Rök Runestone, Sö 140 and the Velanda Runestone) and three in Denmark (Dr 110, Dr 220 and the Glavendrup stone).[9] There are also runestones upon which has been interpreted as hammers of Thor are carved,[10]
.Thor's struggle with the Midgard Serpent as recorded in Hymiskviða can be found depicted on a number of image stones and runestones located in England, Denmark and Sweden respectively.^ Thor will fight the Midgard Serpent, Freyr will battle Surt, and Tyr will fight Garm.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

.In the English village of Gosforth, Cumbria, the remains of a 10th century stone depicting Thor and Hymir fishing can be found alongside numerous other Norse carvings.^ Thor is identified as an adherent of Tuetonic paganism, but Thor's actually a god himself, so does this mean he and the other members of the Norse pantheon worship each other?...
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Third Officer W.A. Vermoet had managed to get a boat away with three other Dutchmen and eight Chinese aboard, but only one man was found by Thor .
  • Hilfskreuzer (Auxiliary Cruiser / Raider) - Thor 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.bismarck-class.dk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Various stabs have been made at dealing with the Norse religion and its interaction with other faiths over the years in Thor's book, some more successful than others.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

[11]
.In Denmark, a church in the small Northern Jutlandic town of Hørdum houses the remains of a stone featuring Thor and Hymir's fishing trip for the Midgard Serpent.^ Thor will fight the Midgard Serpent, Freyr will battle Surt, and Tyr will fight Garm.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

.Thor is wearing the distinct pointed helmet he is portrayed with in other found depictions[12] and has caught the Midgard serpent while Hymir sits before him.^ From: Paulo Costa Date: Sat, Sep 25 1999 12:00 am And as someone else pointed out, Thor didn't say that exactly.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ What made Thor seemingly invincible was that he also wears the Megingjarpar (girdle of might), that adds him his already enormous strength.

^ Third Officer W.A. Vermoet had managed to get a boat away with three other Dutchmen and eight Chinese aboard, but only one man was found by Thor .
  • Hilfskreuzer (Auxiliary Cruiser / Raider) - Thor 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.bismarck-class.dk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[13]
Sweden has two stones depicting this legend. Created sometime between the 8th and 11th centuries, the bottom left corner of the Ardre VIII stone in Gotland has often been interpreted as depicting not only the fishing trip but also references to the slaughter of the ox prior to using it as bait,[14] potentially as part of an earlier version of the tale.[15] .The Altuna Runestone in Uppland depicts Thor fishing for the Midgard serpent.^ Thor will fight the Midgard Serpent, Freyr will battle Surt, and Tyr will fight Garm.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

Though lacking Hymir, it notably displays Thor's foot breaching the floor of the boat during the intense struggle.

Canterbury Charm

The Canterbury Charm is a runic charm discovered inserted in the margin of an Anglo-Saxon manuscript from the year 1073.[16] The charm is translated as:
Cyril wound-cause, go now! You are found. May Thor bless you, lord of ogres! Gyril wound-causer. Against blood-vessel pus![16]
The charm is intended for use against a specific ailment, described as "blood-vessel pus." MacLeod and Mees (2006) note that while Thor is not revered in surviving sources for his medical abilities, he was well attested as harboring enmity towards giants and as a protector of mankind. MacLeod and Mees compare the charm to the 11th century Kvinneby amulet (where Thor is also called upon to provide protection), the formula structure of the Sigtuna amulet, and a then-recently discovered rib bone featuring a runic inscription also from Sigtuna, Sweden.[16]
"Thor" (1901) by Johannes Gehrts.
This part of the Skog Church Tapestry, a Viking Age Swedish tapestry, has been interpreted to show, from left to right, the one-eyed and tree flanked Odin, the hammer-wielding Thor and Freyr holding up an ear of corn.

Kvinneby amulet

.The Kvinneby amulet is an amulet that includes a runic inscription from around A.D. 1000. There are competing theories about the exact wording of the inscription but all agree that Thor is invoked to protect with his hammer.^ Thor holding his war-hammer Bronze statuette AD 1000, Iceland Statens Historiska Museum, Stockholm .

^ After all, although there are bound to be a few devotees somewhere, there can't be very many people who actually believe in Thor.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

According to Rundata, this inscription reads:
Here I carve(d) protection for you, Bófi, with/... ... ... to you is certain. And may the lightning hold all evil away from Bófi. May Þórr protect him with that hammer which came from out of the sea. Flee from evilness! You/it get/gets nothing from Bófi. The gods are under him and over him.
The amulet was found in the mid-1950s in the soil of the village Södra Kvinneby in Öland, Sweden. The amulet is a square copper object measuring approximately 5 cm on each side. Near one edge there is a small hole, presumably used for hanging it around the neck.

Skog Church Tapestry

A part of the Swedish 12th century Skog Church Tapestry depicts three figures. .They are most often interpreted as the Scandinavian saint-kings Olaf, Eric and Canute, but has also been suggested to allude to Odin, Thor and Freyr.^ Thor, they believe in themselves and their Pantheon, but that wouldn't be their "religion" because Thor realizes that Odin didn't just create the multiverse.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Note that whereas many of us read about Thor and Odin (sometimes outside of comics even), most of us only know the idea of Thor.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

[17] The figures coincide with 11th century descriptions of statue arrangements recorded by Adam of Bremen at the Temple at Uppsala and written accounts of the gods during the late Viking Age. .The tapestry is originally from Hälsingland, Sweden but is now housed at the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities.^ In Sweden, he set up another son, named Yngvi, who established the Swedish house, called the Ynglings.

A depiction of Boniface destroying Thor's oak from The Little Lives of the Saints (1904), illustrated by Charles Robinson.

Places associated with Thor

Thor's Oak

.Thor's Oak was an ancient tree sacred to the Germanic tribe of the Chatti, ancestors of the Hessians, and one of the most important sacred sites of the pagan Germanic peoples.^ Thor was one of 33 characters who were identified as the most religious superheroes in the Marvel Universe in Infinity Crusade (June 1993).
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As noted, in the Marvel Universe most people tend to consider Thor to not really be a Norse God but someone who styles himself as one.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Its felling in A.D. 723 marked the beginning of the Christianization of the non-Frankish tribes of northern Germany.
.The tree stood at a location near the village of Geismar, today part of the town of Fritzlar in northern Hessen, and was the main point of veneration of the Germanic deity Thor (known among the West Germanic tribes as Donar) by the Chatti and most other Germanic tribes.^ The confirmation of other mythologies as part of reality while the Judeo-Christian mythology remains unseen for most of the population would cause a crisis of faith of global proportions.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Temple at Uppsala

Between 1072 and 1076, Adam of Bremen recorded in his Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum that a statue of Thor existed in the Temple at Uppsala. Adam relates that:
Thor takes the central position, with Wotan and Frey on either side. Thor, according to their beliefs, governs the air with its thunder, lightning, wind, rain, and fair weather. He is depicted carrying a scepter, much as our people depict Jove.[18]

Toponyms

As a very popular god amongst the Germanic tribes, many locations have been named after Thor:
.
  • Thorsberg moor, Schleswig-Holstein, modern day Germany, is an ancient location bearing a large deposit of numerous ritually deposited artifacts between the 1 and 4 BC by the Angles.
  • Tórshavn ("Thor's Harbor"), Faroe Islands is the capital city of the Faroe Islands.
  • Thorsted ("Thor Stead"), Jutland, Denmark, near Thisted ("Tyr's Stead").
  • Torsted ("Thor Stead"), Jutland, Denmark, part of Horsens Kommune.
  • Thorsager ("Thor Field"), Jutland, Denmark.
  • Thorskov ("Thor Forest"), Jutland, Denmark, a small, marked section of forest located directly east of the Aarhus deer park.
  • Thorsø ("Thor Lake"), Jutland, Denmark.
  • Torsåker ("Thor field"), Ångermanland, Sweden
  • Torsåker ("Thor field"), Gästrikland, Sweden
  • Torsåker ("Thor field"), Södermanland, Sweden
  • Thor's name appears in connection with groves (Lundr) in place names in Sweden, West Norway and Denmark.^ Thor's identity Donald Blake also appears in Spider-Man in the 1980's he appeared in the episode named Wrath of the Sub-Mariner.
    • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He went to a large, open field and transformed into Thor.
    • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

    [5]
  • .
  • There are a number of Anglo-Saxon place names associated with Thor in England.^ Thunor - Saxon name for Thor.
    • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

    .One is Þunres lēah (meaning "Thunder's grove or forest clearing"), now Thundersley in Essex, England[5]: see Category:Non-Christian religious placenames in Britain.
  • A "Forest of Thor" existed on the north bank of Liffey, Ireland outside of Dublin in the year 1000. It was described as destroyed over the course of a month by Brian Boru, who took particular note of the oaks.^ Most Christians, (or other believers of faith) have the knowledge that they'll will see their dead loved ones again someday in Heaven.
    • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Acknowledging the existence of God and Jesus Christ (as a being, and not an idea)makes one a Christian, even a non-practicing one.
    • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I always wanted to see a THOR comic where the God of Thunder went haring around the night skies dispensing blessings on his people and chinning Christians, while Odin nailed himself to a tree to learn Strange Revelations.
    • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    [19]
  • Thurstable (Þunres Stapol or "Thor's Pillar") in Essex, England.[20]
  • Thurso ("When the Norse were in Scotland they named the town after their god"), ("or Bull's water"), Caithness, Scotland
  • Torhout, Belgium and Turnhout, Belgium. Both names mean "Woods of Thor".
  • Hósvík (older name: Tórsvík (þ also changes into h in some Faroese words)
  • Thurstaston, on the Wirral Peninsula in north-west England, and the nearby Thor's stone.

Thursday

Thor (1829) by H. E. Freund.
Thor gave his name to the Old English day Þunresdæg, meaning the day of Þunor, known in Modern English as Thursday. Þunor is also the source of the modern word thunder.
."Thor's Day" is Þórsdagr in Old Norse, Doresdak [ðorestak] in Northern Sami [21], Torsdag in Norwegian, Swedish- and Southern Sami [21],Hósdagur in Faroese, except for Suðuroy, where it's called Tórsdagur, Thursday in English, Donnerstag in German (meaning "Thunder's Day"), Donderdag in Dutch (meaning Thunder day), Torstai in Finnish, and Torsdag in Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian.^ I believe Walt Simonson used old Norse religion extremely well to tell Thor stories.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

In certain Slavic languages (for instance Slovenian and Croatian), this connection may have resulted in the name for Tuesday (torek and utorak, respectively).
The day was considered such an important day of the week that as late as the seventh century Saint Eligius reproached his congregation in Flanders for continuing their native practice of recognizing Thursday as a holy day after their Christianization.[22]

Personal names

The name "Thor", deriving from the deity, is the first element in many names:
  • American female name: Donara (from the Old High German spelling)
  • English male name: Dustin
  • English surname: Thurston
  • Norwegian male names: Thor, Tor, Toralf, Toralv, Torbjørn, Tore, Torje, Torfinn, Torgeir, Torgils, Torgny, Torgrim, Torkel, Torkjell, Torlak, Torleif, Tormod, Torodd, Torolv, Torstein and Torvald.
  • Norwegian female names: Torbjørg, Tordis, Torfrid (Turid), Torgerd, Torgunn, Torhild (Toril), Torlaug, Torunn and Torveig.
  • Icelandic male names: Þór, Þórhallur, Þorbergur, Þorbjörn, Þorfinnur, Þorgeir, Þorgils, Þorgrímur, Þorkell, Þorlákur, Þorleifur, Þormóður, Þorsteinn, Þorvaldur, Þórarinn, Þórir, Þórður, Þórgnýr and Þórólfur
  • Icelandic female names: Þorbjörg, Þorgerður, Þóra, Þórdís, Þórey, Þórhildur, Þórunn and Þórgunnur
  • Faroese male names: Hóraldur, Hórður, Hóri, Hørður, Torbergur, Torbjørn, Torbrandur, Torfinnur, Torfríður, Torgeir, Torgestur, Torgrímur, Torkil, Torkild, Torleivur, Torleygur, Tormann, Tormar, Tormóður, Tormundur, Torstein, Torvaldur, Tóraldur, Tórarin, Tórálvur, Tórður, Tórhallur, Tórheðin, Tóri, Tórir, Tóroddur, Tórolvur, Tórur
  • Faroese female names: Torbera, Torbjørg, Torborg, Tordis, Torfinna, Torfríð, Torgerð, Torgunn, Torgunna, Torleig, Torný, Torvør, Tóra, Tórhalla, Tórhild, Tórun(n)
  • Danish male names: Tor, Torben, Torbjørn, Torkil/Terkel, Torleif, Torsten, Torvald
  • Danish female names: Tora, Tove
  • Swedish male names: Thorkel, Tor, Torbjörn, Tord, Tore, Torgny, Torkel, Torleif, Torsten, Torvald
  • Swedish female names: Tora, Torunn, Tove, Tova
  • Finnish male names: Torsti, Torvald
  • German male names: Thorald, Thoralf/Toralf, Thorben/Torben, Thorbjörn, Thorsten/Torsten, Thorwald/Torwald
  • Dutch male names: Thor/Tore, Thoralf, Thorbjörn, Thorbrand, Thorkell, Thorleif, Thorolf, Thorsten/Torsten, Thorwald/Torwald/Torvald/Torold
  • Scottish male names: Torcall, Torquhil, Torquil
  • Scottish surname: McCorquodale, Thorburn

Parallels

Many writers (Saxo, Adam of Bremen, Snorre Sturlason, Ælfric of Eynsham) identified Thor with Jupiter. .The comparison can be borne: both are the most powerful sons of the King of the Gods of their panthaeons, both have twin children by a goddess, and were at some time considered the most powerful of the gods.^ I think his whole point is that Thor himself does not consider himself a God in the sense that most people today use the word.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Odin carried a spear Gungnir made by the dwarves ( sons of Ivaldi ), while his ring called the Draupner (Ring of Power) was created by the twin dwarfs, Brokk and Eiti .

^ In this issue, a powerful being who identified herself as "the Goddess" kidnapped the superheroes she had identified as being the most religious active superheroes at the time.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.The oak tree was sacred to both gods and they had mysterious powers.^ And as for Christians acknowleding Allah, Christians do in fact acknowledge both Allah and Yaweh, for they are in fact the same God.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Thor is to kill Jörmungandr and Jupiter, the dragon Typhon. .Tacitus identified Thor with the Greco-Roman hero-god Hercules because of his force, aspect, weapon and his role as protector of the world, slaying many monsters.^ Several of the gods were identified with the heroes.

^ I think we can safely exclude the gods of the respective universes from this discussion, since it's pretty clear who Thor, Hercules, Odin, Loki, and Zeus would believe in...
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Snorri made a strange comparison, identifying Thor with Hector, the Trojan hero.

.They also fight Giants and are the key to the protection of the Gods Hercules being the scion of Olympus said to stand guard at the gates of Olympus for oncoming threats to the gods.^ Thor is the one that rescues Nova from being consumed after Daredevil fights zombie Spider-man to protect Nova.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But as a rule, comics writers are so immersed in the default assumption of the Protestant God being the one real God -- even if they themselves aren't believers -- that they can't get outside that headspace.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

This parallel is seen in media such as television, comics and many more. .The Legendary Journeys of Hercules, Hercules (1998 TV Series), and Hercules (Marvel Comics) and Thor (Marvel Comics).^ Thor is a comic book character that first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #83 Edit this Page Add to a list « back Thor appearances next » Thor 1966 Marvel Publishing 339 appearances The Avengers 1963 Marvel Publishing 183 appearances Thor 1998 Marvel Publishing 85 appearances The Avengers 1998 Marvel Publishing 47 appearances Journey Into Mystery 1952 Marvel Publishing 43 appearances Marvel Tales 1966 Marvel Publishing 34 appearances What If?
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ One could take the approach that Marvel Comics has classically used, in which Thor stated quite clearly that even the Gods of Asgard, Olympus, etc.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) < Return to Religious Affiliation of Comics Book Characters The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character Thor .
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.In several stories they even battle each other, usually ending in draws.^ FreakNasty 09-15-2004, 07:00 PM Q) These "marines" had a SQUAD of 'Suits'......they battled these other Aliens, with almost the same "suits" -Hint: The suits, nearing the end of the series could almost "think" on their own.
  • OT: 1980's-1990's Name that Cartoon Game!!!! [Archive] - Don Murphy Message Board 19 September 2009 19:52 UTC www.donmurphy.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Parallels with varying degrees of closeness can be found in other northern mythologies, such as Taranis (Celtic), Perkunas (Baltic), Dorq/Torq (Armenian) and Perun (Slavic), connected either to thunder, to oaks or to both. Additionally parallel either to Thor or Tyr are Finno-Ugric gods Torum, Thurms, Tere etc. - see Tharapita.

Portrayal in modern popular culture

Donner calls upon the storm clouds in this illustration by Arthur Rackham to Wagner's Das Rheingold.
.Thor, under the German form of his name, "Donner" (literally, "thunder"), appears in Richard Wagner's opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen.^ They called him Donner (Thunder) as they came to worship Thor along with the other Asgardians .
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor Odinson Dr. Donald Blake Jake Olson Donar Sigurd Jarlson The Thunder God Eric Masterson Thorlief Golmen Donner .
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

This has led to many portrayals based on Wagner's interpretation, although some are closer to pre-Wagner models. .Since Wagner's time, Thor has appeared, either as himself or as the namesake of characters, in comic books, on television, in literature and in song lyrics.^ Thor is a comic book character that first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #83 Edit this Page Add to a list « back Thor appearances next » Thor 1966 Marvel Publishing 339 appearances The Avengers 1963 Marvel Publishing 183 appearances Thor 1998 Marvel Publishing 85 appearances The Avengers 1998 Marvel Publishing 47 appearances Journey Into Mystery 1952 Marvel Publishing 43 appearances Marvel Tales 1966 Marvel Publishing 34 appearances What If?
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor appears as a character assist in Marvel vs Capcom.Thor is a playable character in Marvel Ultimate Alliance.Thor will appears Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor appeared in Super Hero Squad Theme Song .
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

References

  1. ^ a b Thorpe, Benjamin. Northern mythology : comprising the principal popular traditions and superstitions of Scandinavia, North Germany, and The Netherlands (1851).
  2. ^ Styrbjarnar þáttr Svíakappa (Tale of Styrbjorn the Swedish Champion)
  3. ^ Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar en mesta (Greatest Saga of Olaf Tryggvason)
  4. ^ a b Turville-Petre, E.O.G. Myth and Religion of the North: The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1964. p83
  5. ^ a b c Ellis Davidson, H.R. Gods And Myths Of Northern Europe (1965) ISBN 0140136274
  6. ^ http://www.bartleby.com/61/roots/IE501.html
  7. ^ The Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus, translated by Oliver Elton (Norroena Society, New York, 1905) Available online: [1]
  8. ^ Ross, Margaret Clunies (2002). "Reading Þrymskviða". in Acker, Paul; Larrington, Carolyne. The Poetic Edda: Essays on Old Norse Mythology. London: Routledge. pp. 188–189. ISBN 0-8153-1660-6. http://books.google.com/books?id=j4bufbA_UpQC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_navlinks_s#v=onepage&q=&f=false. 
  9. ^ a b Rundata 2.0
  10. ^ Stephens, George (1878). Thunor the Thunderer. Williams & Norgate.
  11. ^ Graham-Campbell, James. The Viking World (2001) ISBN 0711218005
  12. ^ O'Donoghue, Heather. Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Short Introduction (2004) ISBN 0631236260
  13. ^ Margrethe, Queen, Poul Kjrum, Rikke Agnete Olsen. Oldtidens Ansigt: Faces of the Past (1990), ISBN 9788774682745
  14. ^ Christiansen, Eric. The Norsemen in the Viking Age (2002) ISBN 0631216774
  15. ^ Fuglesang, Signe Horn. Iconographic traditions and models in Scandinavian imagery Available online at: [2]
  16. ^ a b c Macleod, Mindy. Mees, Bernard (2006). Runic Amulets and Magic Objects, page 120. Boydell Press ISBN 1843832054
  17. ^ Leiren, Terje I. (1999). From Pagan to Christian: The Story in the 12th-Century Tapestry of the Skog Church.
  18. ^ Adam of Bremen, Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum , book 4, sections 26-27
  19. ^ Carl Marstrander. Thor en Irlande, "Revue Celtique" number 36, page 247. (1915-1916)
  20. ^ Mayr-Harting, Henry (1991). The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England, page 27. Penn State Press ISBN 0271007699
  21. ^ a b Stockfleth, Nils Vibe (1852). Norsk-lappisk Ordbog. Christiania
  22. ^ Grimm, Jacob. Teutonic Mythology (Translated by Stallybras, 1888), IV, page 1,737. Available online through the Northvegr Foundation: [3]

See also


1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

.THOR, one of the chief deities of the heathen Scandinavians.^ Thor was the eldest son of the chief deity, Odin , and Jorth.

^ Stories and Myths Most of the surviving myths centre on Thor's exploits, and from this and inscriptions on monuments we can deduce that Thor was the favorite deity of ancient Scandinavians.
  • Heathen Gods - Stories & Articles - Thor - The Thunderer 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC heathengods.com [Source type: Original source]

.He is represented as a middle-aged man of enormous strength, quick to anger, but benevolent towards mankind.^ ARTICLE from the Encyclopædia Britannica Germanic deity deity common to all the early Germanic peoples , a great warrior represented as a red-bearded, middle-aged man of enormous strength, an implacable foe to the harmful race of giants but benevolent toward mankind.
  • Thor (Germanic deity) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: General]

.To the harmful race of giants (demons), on the other hand, he was an implacable foe, and many stories are told in the poetic and prose Eddas of the destruction which he brought upon them at various times with his hammer.^ Thor was the implacable foe of the harmful race of giants, but was benevolent towards humans ...

^ ARTICLE from the Encyclopædia Britannica Germanic deity deity common to all the early Germanic peoples , a great warrior represented as a red-bearded, middle-aged man of enormous strength, an implacable foe to the harmful race of giants but benevolent toward mankind.
  • Thor (Germanic deity) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: General]

^ Thor features strongly in the Prose Edda of Snorri Sturluson, in which Thor's many conflicts with the race of giants are a main source of plots.
  • Heathen Gods - Stories & Articles - Thor - The Thunderer 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC heathengods.com [Source type: Original source]

.On the whole his figure is somewhat secondary in the mythology to that of Odin, who is represented as his father.^ His figure was generally secondary to that of the god Odin , who in some traditions was his father; but in Iceland, and perhaps among all northern peoples except the royal families, he was apparently worshiped more than any other god.
  • Thor (Germanic deity) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: General]

^ E'en my father, mighty Odin, who is called all-powerful, doth lay no claim to supreme divinity...
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Æsir are direct descendants of Odin by way of the father, or are females who have married (male) Æsir.
  • Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves & Wights 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC sunnyway.com [Source type: Original source]

.Bub there is no doubt that in Iceland he was worshipped more than any other god, and the same seems to have been the case in Norway - indeed, perhaps, in all northern countries - except among the royal families.^ The man was no other than Heimdall .
  • Thor (comic book character) - comicvine.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Of Loki, there was no sign at all.
  • David Brin's Official Web Site: "Thor Meets Captain America" (novella) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.davidbrin.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There is no need to pay more for a Fifth Wheels, Fifth Wheel Toy Haulers, and Fifth Wheel Campers at other Thor Industries Dealerhips when you can purchase the same camper from RV Wholesalers at deep discounts.
  • Thor Industries Dealer - , Camper RV, RV Sales, The Original RVWholesalers, thorindustriesdealer.com 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.thorindustriesdealer.com [Source type: General]

.Even in the great temple at Upsala his figure is said to have occupied the chief place.^ His name occurs in numerous place names, and it was his statue which was central in the great temple at Uppsala.

.There is evidence that a corresponding deity named Thunor or Thonar was worshipped in England and on the Continent, but little information is obtainable regarding him, except that he was identified with the Roman Jupiter.^ Thursday is named for him and he was associated by the Romans with Jupiter, therefore also parallel to Zeus.

^ I don't know about "organized", but I know there's groups worshipping the Norse deities.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor was identified with the Roman god Jupiter, and among Germanic peoples Jove's day became Thor's day (Thursday).
  • Thor Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Thor 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.His name is identical with the Teutonic word for thunder, and even in Sweden the association of Thor with the thunder seems not to have been forgotten.^ This new incarnation of the Hulk decimated the likes of She-Hulk, Iron Man, Thor , and even Rick Jones in his new powered up identity of a creature named A-Bomb.
  • Hulk (Bruce Banner) - Marvel Universe: The definitive online source for Marvel super hero bios. 25 September 2009 10:010 UTC marvel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As I recall, in one of the Jack Kirby Thors the God of Thunder said that there was a "higher power" above even Odin.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ HEARING: Thor can, Mystically, hear when someone is calling his name-Thor-#342 (distance doesn't seem to be an obstacle).
  • Marvel Comics Thor Tribute: The Power of The Mighty Thor and Mjolnir 25 September 2009 10:010 UTC www.startrekphase2media.com [Source type: Original source]

.Outside the Teutonic area he has close affinities not only with Jupiter or Zeus, but still more with the Lithuanian god Perkunas, whose name (which likewise means "thunder") appears to be connected with that of Thor's mother (FiOrgyn).^ The Premium Format Thor figure presents the heroic God of Thunder standing tall with Mjolnir to the sky.
  • Sideshow Collectibles, Inc. - Marvel / Thor Premium Format Figure 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.sideshowtoy.com [Source type: General]

^ Inspired by the Norse God of Thunder, Thor made his first appearance in "Journey Into Mystery" #83 in 1962.
  • Sideshow Collectibles, Inc. - Marvel / Thor Legendary Scale Bust 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.sideshowtoy.com [Source type: General]
  • Sideshow Collectibles, Inc. - Marvel / Thor Premium Format Figure 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.sideshowtoy.com [Source type: General]

^ The movie centers on Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the god of thunder, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions re-ignite an ...
  • 'Thor' Costume Tests Described - Movies 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC showhype.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Varangian god Perun was probably Thor himself under a Slavonic name (Russian perun, "thunderbolt").^ And of course, Thor is an actual god himself.
  • The religion of Thor (Marvel Comics) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor, under the German form of his name, "Donner", appears in Richard Wagner's opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen.
  • Heathen Gods - Stories & Articles - Thor - The Thunderer 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC heathengods.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thor sells its Motorized Recreational Vehicles through a network of authorized dealers under the Four Winds , Damon Motor Coach and other brand names.
  • Thor Industries (THO) 17 January 2010 13:47 UTC www.wikinvest.com [Source type: General]

See H. Petersen, Om Nordboernes Gudedyrkelse og Gudetro i Hedenold (Copenhagen, 1876). For other references see TEUTONIC PEOPLES: Religion (ad fin). (H. M. C.)


Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also thor

Contents

English

Wikipedia-logo.png
Wikipedia has an article on:

Etymology

.Representing Old Norse Þórr (Swedish Tor); cognate with Old English þunor.^ English: from the Anglo-Scandinavian name þōr , þūr , probably short forms of Old Norse compound names in þór- , þúr- (see 1).

^ Thor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Thor (Old Norse: Þōrr, Þunarr; Old English: Þunor, Þūr; Old Saxon: Þunær; [1] Frisian Tonger Old Dutch: Donar; Old High German: Donar; Proto-Germanic: *Thunaraz) is the red ...
  • Thor - MSN Encarta 25 September 2009 10:010 UTC encarta.msn.com [Source type: General]
  • Thor - ninemsn Encarta 25 September 2009 10:010 UTC au.encarta.msn.com [Source type: General]
  • Thor - MSN Encarta 25 September 2009 10:010 UTC ca.encarta.msn.com [Source type: General]

^ Scandinavian (mainly Swedish): from a personal name, a short form of any of the various Scandinavian personal names containing the first element Thor (Old Norse þórr ), the name of the god of thunder in Scandinavian mythology.

Proper noun

Singular
Thor
Plural
-
Thor
  1. (Norse mythology) The god of thunder in Norse mythology.
  2. A male given name occasionally borrowed from Scandinavia.
  3. (paganism) The god of thunder, protection and justice in the modern pagan faith of Heathenry.

Translations

Anagrams


Danish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /toːr/, [tˢoɐ̯ˀ]

Proper noun

Thor
  1. (Norse mythology) Thor.
  2. A male given name, shortened from compound names beginning with Thor-/Tor-.

Related terms


German

Proper noun

Thor
  1. (Norse mythology) Thor, God in Norse mythology.

Related terms

Noun

Thor (plural Thore)
  1. Obsolete spelling of Tor.

Norwegian

Proper noun

Thor
  1. A male given name, a less common spelling of Tor.

Wikispecies

Up to date as of January 23, 2010
(Redirected to Göran Thor article)

From Wikispecies

(born 1953)     (Thor)

Swedish botanist, lichenologist

External link

http://www.ekol.slu.se/ShowPage.cfm?OrgenhetSida_ID=8668


Simple English

[[File:|right|thumb|200px|Thor's battle against the giants, by Mårten Eskil Winge, 1872]]

Thor is the red-haired and bearded god of thunder in Norse mythology. He is the son of Odin and Jord. The ancient Norse believed that during Ragnarök, Thor would kill and be killed by Jörmungandr.

Characteristics

Thor was one of the most powerful Norse gods. He was well known for his fights with the race of giants. He was said to protect Asgard (the home of the gods) and Midgard (the home of man).

Family

Thor was believed to be the son of Odin (Wotan or Woden) and the giantess Jörd (Jord, the Earth). His wife is called Sif. With his mistress, the giantess Járnsaxa, Thor had his sons Magni and Modi, and with Sif he had his daughter Thrud. Thor also had a stepson called Ull who was a son of Sif.

Possessions

Thor was said to travel in a chariot drawn by the goats Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr.

According to writings known as sagas, Thor owned a short-handled war hammer, Mjolnir. When the hammer was thrown, it returned magically to the owner. The strike of the hammer caused thunderclaps. With the hammer, Thor performed his giant-killing duties.

In English, Thursday is named after Thor.



Citable sentences

Up to date as of December 24, 2010

Here are sentences from other pages on Thor (Marvel Comics), which are similar to those in the above article.








Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message