Norse GOD: Tyr

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 - Tyr Image

Tyr is the Norse god of war and law. He was once the chief god of the Norse Pantheon, however was replaced by Odin for reasons unknown. He is sometimes portrayed as the son of Odin and one of his consorts, however it is also possible that Tyr is the son of the giant named Hymir and his wife Hrodr. Tyr put his right hand into the monster wolf Fenrir's mouth as a gesture of goodwill whilst the other gods restrained it...

When Fenrir realised that he couldn't move and had been trapped, he bit Tyr's hand clean off. He commanded many battles, but Ragnarok was to be his last, whilst fighting with Garm the hound of the underworld, Tyr died along with his enemy. Even though Tyr is seen as one of the most powerful and respected gods, not much is known about him in comparison with the other gods of the Aesir (the group of Norse gods).