Norse Gods and Goddesses: Facts About Thor

Here are some facts about the famous hammer-weilding god from Norse mythology.

  • Thor’s name is linked to the word ‘thunder’. It also gave rise to the day of the week Thursday.

  • Thor is an Aesir god (a warrior god) and he is the son of the ruler of the gods, Odin.
  • Thor is associated with many things. He is well-known for being linked to thunder, lightning, storms and strength, but he was also known as the protector of mankind and partly responsible for healing, fertility and law and order.
  • Thor has over ten different names in Norse mythology.
  • He was married to goddess Sif.
  • Thor is often described as having fierce eyes and red hair.
  • Thor loved fighting – using his war hammer, Mjollnir, a magical belt that made him twice as strong, and iron gauntlets (gloves).
  • He also enjoyed feasting and drinking.
  • Thor had many adventures. He was the greatest enemy of the Giants, and he overcame the mighty serpent, Jormungand.
  • Thor rode a huge chariot pulled by two massive goats.
  • Many Vikings wore hammer-shaped amulet and pendants. These were to show that the wearer was a follower of the Norse pagan faith and rejected the coming of Christianity.
  • One of the Marvel superheroes is called Thor. He’s one of The Avengers and is modelled, to a certain extent, on the Norse god of the same name.