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I am the God Thor, I am the War God, I am the Thunderer! Here in my Northland, my fastness and fortress, reign I forever! Here amid icebergs rule I the nations; This is my hammer, Miölner the mighty; Giants and sorcerers cannot withstand it!
Thor.

Thor Odinson is the red-haired son of Odin and a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing and fertility. His belt Mejingjard doubles his strength and lightning flashes every time he throws his trusty hammer, Mjölnir.

Overview

Due to his lust for battle and incredible prowess, Thor is often portrayed as a war god and also an agricultural god due to his status as a weather deity that aids in the growth of crops. Thor's exploits, including his relentless slaughter of his foes and fierce battles with the monstrous serpent, Jormungandr, and their foretold mutual deaths during the events of Ragnarök are recorded throughout sources for Norse mythology.

Thor was very talented at slaying the Jotuns; many of his stories revolve around violent episodes between him and his enemies. In order to perform his duties, Thor uses his hammer, which was built by the dwarves, to slay his enemies swiftly and with precise ruthlessness. He also had iron gloves and a belt named Megingjard that doubled Thor’s strength once buckled on. There were also some other less destructive aspects of Thor.

Like many deities, Thor had many children and was no stranger to fornicating with other beings. With Sif, Thor fathered the goddess (and possible valkyrie) Thrud; with Járnsaxa, he fathered Magni; with a mother whose name is not recorded, he fathered Modi, and he is the stepfather of the god Ullr. The same sources list Thor as the son of the god Odin and the personified earth, Fjörgyn, and by way of Odin, Thor has numerous brothers.

Thor had a chariot to travel across the sky, which was drawn by two giant goats: Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr. These powerful animals had a very convenient magical property: they could be killed and eaten at any time, and as long as their bones were undamaged and returned into their skins, they would regenerate overnight and the following day would be alive, just like new.

Thor was appealed to for protection on numerous objects found from various Germanic tribes. Pendants in a distinctive shape representing the hammer of Thor, Mjöllnir, have frequently been unearthed in Viking Age Scandinavian burials. The hammers were worn as a symbol of Norse pagan faith and as a symbol of opposition to Christianization; a response to crosses worn by Christians. Casting moulds have been found for the production of both Thor's hammers and Christian crucifixes, and at least one example of a combined crucifix and hammer has been discovered.

Appearance

Thor has a burly figure and a thick waist; with a big figure, quite obese but still muscular and heavily built. He wears a black hooded cloak tied with a yellow leather cord and armor, the latter of which consists of a dark-colored chest with decorative embossing and matching vampire armbands over a long-sleeved shirt.

Personality

Powers and Abilities

Thor is one of the most powerful Norse gods and uses his superior power to protect Asgard and Midgard.

History

Myths and Legends

Name

The medieval Germanic forms Þórr (Old Norse), Donar (Old High German), Þunor (Old English), Thuner (Old Frisian) and Thunar (Old Saxon) are cognates—linguistic siblings of the same origin. They descend from the Proto-Germanic theonym *Þun(a)raz ('Thunder'), which is identical to the name of the Celtic god Taranus (by metathesis of an earlier *Tonaros, attested in OBrit. Tanaro or Gaul. Tanarus), and further related to the Latin epithet Tonans (attached to Jupiter), via the common Proto-Indo-European root for 'thunder' *(s)tenh₂-. According to scholar Peter Jackson, those theonyms may have originally emerged as the result of the fossilization of an original epithet (or epiclesis) of the Proto-Indo-European thunder-god *Perkwunos, since the Vedic weather-god Parjanya is also called stanayitnú- ('Thunderer').

The perfect match between the thunder-gods *Tonaros and *Þun(a)raz, which both go back to a common form *ton(a)ros ~ *tṇros, is notable in the context of early Celtic–Germanic linguistic contacts, especially when added to other inherited terms with thunder attributes, such as *Meldunjaz–*meldo- (from *meldh- 'lightning, hammer', i.e. *Perkwunos' weapon) or *Fergunja–*(P)ercunyā (from *perkwun-iyā 'wooded mountains', i.e. *Perkwunos' realm).

The English weekday name Thursday comes from Old English Þunresdæg, meaning 'day of Þunor'. It is cognate with Old Norse Þórsdagr and with Old High German Donarestag. All of these terms derive from the Late Proto-Germanic weekday *Þonaresdag ('Day of *Þun(a)raz'), a calque of Latin Iovis dies ('Day of Jove'; cf. modern Italian giovedì, French jeudi, Spanish jueves). By employing a practice known as interpretatio germanica during the Roman period, ancient Germanic peoples adopted the Latin weekly calendar and replaced the names of Roman gods with their own.

Beginning in the Viking Age, personal names containing the theonym Thórr are recorded with great frequency, whereas no examples are known prior to this period. Thórr-based names may have flourished during the Viking Age as a defiant response to attempts at Christianization, similar to the wide scale Viking Age practice of wearing Thor's hammer pendants.

Quotes

You seem like a calm and reasonable person. Are you a calm and reasonable person?
Thor to Michael.
Thor isn't just a Norse god, he is the Norse god. He is literally the poster child of Norse mythology and you can't ever escape his name whenever you're talking about it. Heck, he's literally a Marvel superhero! How can you be any more popular than that?!
Carl Black.

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Trivia

  • Once he almost drank the entire sea on Earth without meaning to.
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