Thor - Norse Thunder God

The Norse Thunder God

Thor - Norse thunder god Thor with Mjolnir.

Thor is one of the most popular and powerful gods of the major mythologies. He is also part of modern daily life, since the fifth day of the week, Thursday (Thor's day), is named for him.

Odin is usually given as the father of Thor, a thunder god in Norse mythology. Less controversially, Thor's mother was a female giant named Jord, according to Motz (see references below).

Thor mated with a giant named Jarnsaxa with whom he had two sons, named Magni and Modi, but his wife is Sif (whose luscious golden hair the trickster god Loki cuts).

Thor's Herculean Appetite

Thor's appetites are gigantic. He once drank from a horn that was emptying the water from the ocean. He is described as huge, red-bearded, with burning eyes who could defeat giant or troll in a test of strength. Yet, he was so much smaller than a giant that once he slept in a giant's glove. Epithets for Thor indicate his giant-defeating prowess. He is similar to the Greek hero Heracles (Hercules) in his feats of strength and giant-killing.

Thor had a famous weapon, his hammer, named Mjolnir, and a belt of strength, named Megingjardir. He had a goat-driven chariot that created the noise of the thunder, according to Davidson, when rolling across the sky. The lightning bolts were caused by the hurling of Mjolnir. Thunderbolts are called Thorsviggar, according to Montelius.

Thor's home was called Bilskinir, located in Thrudheim or Thrudvangar.

Thor was worshiped especially in Uppsala and Thrandheim.

Thor's Visit to Jotunheim - The Giant's Country
Norse Gods Index


"Giants in Folklore and Mythology: A New Approach," by Lotte Motz; Folklore Vol. 93, No. 1 (1982), pp. 70-84.

"Thor's Hammer," by H. R. Ellis Davidson; Folklore Vol. 76, No. 1 (Spring, 1965), pp. 1-15.

"The Sun-God's Axe and Thor's Hammer," by Oscar Montelius;Folklore Vol.

21, No. 1 (Mar., 1910), pp. 60-78.

Thor: Myth to Marvel, by Martin Arnold

Also Known As: Thor was also known as Atli.