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September 21, 2018 1 min read

Thor is the red haired and bearded Norse and Germanic God of Thunder, mostly known for wielding his mighty hammer Mjölnir. Thor is mentioned throughout the recorded history of Germanic tribes from Roman times. Emblems of Mjölnir were worn throughout Northern Europe and Britain, right up to Christianisation of Scandanavia.

Thor is the son of Odin and Jörð, Goddess of Midgard. As husband of the golden-haired goddess Sif, he is father to Valkyrie Goddess Thrúd (who serves ale to the slain in Valhalla) and was step-father to Sif’s son, Ullr (who is invoked as a major God in ancient writings). As the lover of Jötunn Járnsaxa he was father to Magni (the Mighty), and with an unnamed mother he fathered Móði (the Brave), both reflecting his qualities.

Thor has both a male and female servant, Þjálfi and Röskva. His chariot is pulled by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr. Thor sustains himself and others from eating the goats, but then resurrects them with the magic of Mjolnir. Apart from his mountain-crushing hammer, he also wears the belt Megingjörð and a pair of iron gloves Járngreipr, and carries a staff Gríðarvölr (all with magical properties).

Loki in Thor’s absence claims to have slept with Sif. As all of the mountains shake, Beyla thinks that Thor is on his way home. She tells Loki that Thor will bring peace to the quarrel. Thor arrives and tells Loki to be silent, eventually threatening to send him to Hel. Loki finally gives in, knowing that only Thor would strike him. Thor was well known for relentless slaughter of foes during fierce battles.

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