Norse GOD: Thor

The Norse Gods may be a concept of pagan myth but their influence affects the world we live in today. For example, the seven days of the week are named after these gods and the ideals that they are said to have believed in:

  • Monday - Moon's Day 
  • Tuesday - Tyr's Day
  • Wednesday - Woden's Day (Anglicised into Odin)
  • Thursday - Thor's Day
  • Friday - Freyja's Day
  • Saturday - Saturn's Day
  • Sunday - Sun's Day - Thor Image

Thor is the god of thunder, sometimes referred to as the Thunderer, he is the son of Odin and Jord who was a giantess. He was known for carrying a relatively short, yet incredibly powerful hammer called Mjollnir. Thor is the strongest of the gods, protecting Midgard (middle world) primarily from the frost giants that seek to destroy him and it. He rode a chariot pulled by two goats known as Tanngrisni (gap tooth) and Tanngnost (tooth grinder)...

Sometimes Thor could be seen flying through thunderstorms on his chariot and whenever he threw Mjollnir lightning flashed. He had a large red beard, eyes of lightning and wore a belt called Megingjard which doubled his strength. Thor was married to Sif who was a peasant, however he had a mistress, a giantess named Jarnsaxa who bore him two sons, Modi and Magni and one daughter called Thrud. Thor was favoured over Odin by the humans because Thor didn't require human sacrifice. He lived in a huge hall known as Bilskirnir which was in the region of Thrudheim (place of might). Thor is said to die at Ragnarok after killing his arch enemy, the serpent of Midgard named Jormungand, he succumbs to the serpents poison.