ⓘ Thor


ⓘ Thor

Thor is the god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology, associated with strength, storms, hallowing and fertility. He is the son of Odin and Jord, the personification of the Earth, and is physically the strongest of the Æsir. Thor is described as being fierce eyed, with red hair and a full beard, and he is quick to anger and has an enormous appetite.

The champion of Asgard, Thor is said to protect both it and Midgard from the likes of the jǫtnar, a race of beings native to Jotunheimr. He is known in Old English as Þunor Thunor and in Old High German as Donar runic þonar ᚦᛟᚾᚨᚱ, all of which stem from the Proto-Germanic *Þunraz, meaning "thunder".

The modern English weekday Thursday from Old English Þūnresdæg," Thunor’s day” bears the gods name.


1. Family

Thor is the son of Odin, chief of the Æsir, and Jord, the living personification of the Earth. He is the eldest of Odins sons and is the half-brother of Baldr, Hodr, Vidarr, and Vali.

He is married to the golden-haired goddess Sif, with whom he has a daughter, Þrudr. With his jotunn lover Jarnsaxa, Thor has two sons, Modi and Magni. He has a stepson, Ullr, who is Sifs son by a previous marriage.


2. Possessions

Thor was believed to travel in a chariot drawn by two goats named Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr. According to writings known as sagas, Thor wielded a short-handled war hammer, Mjolnir.

It was fashioned for him by the dwarven brothers Eitri and Brokkr, and is said to be the most powerful weapon in all the Nine Worlds, capable of crushing even mountains. When Thor threw the hammer, it magically returned to the gods hand.

Other attributes of Thor include a pair of gauntlets known as Jarngreipr, which he is required to wear in order to wield Mjolnir, a belt, Megingjord, which doubles his strength when he wears it, and a staff, Gridarvolr, which, along with Jarngreipr, was given to him by the jotunn Gridr.


3. Popular culture

Thor is a character in Marvel Comics, his full name being Thor Odinson ; son of Odin and Frigga, he is the god of thunder and a founding member of the Avengers. His archenemy is Loki, god of trickery and mischief as well as Thors younger adopted brother. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth plays the role of Thor. Hemsworth played Thor in" Thor” 2011," The Avengers” 2012," Thor: The Dark World” 2013," Avengers: Age of Ultron” 2015," Thor: Ragnarok” 2017," Avengers: Infinity War” 2018, and" Avengers: Endgame,” which was released in April 2019. He will return as the Odinson in" Thor: Love and Thunder” tentative release date, and is also scheduled to be in the next Guardians of the Galaxy film by Marvel, scheduled for release in 2021, but may be delayed due to covid restrictions.