Norse mythology: Thor, the god of thunder

Norse mythology: Thor, the god of thunder

Lately, thanks to movies and comics about superheroes, the character of Thor, based on one of the most prominent gods of the Norse mythology. Who was he really?

Thor was one of the norse gods best known. He was the strongest of the gods, protected youth, lightning, fire and architecture. He was son of god Odin and Jörd. He married the goddess Sif, with whom he had three children, Magni, Modi and Trud and is always represented by a hammer in hand, his weapon.

It was one of the main gods among Norse mythology along with his father, Odin, and his brother Balder. Was war lover, so one of his biggest hobbies consisted of slaughter giants with his hammer.

His palace, called Bilskirner, was in the kingdom of Thrudvang, in Asgard. In order to travel from one place to another he used a cart drawn by two goats called Tanngnjos and Tanngrisner, that if they were slaughtered they could resurrect the next day. Thunder rumbled across the sky as he passed.

Thor passed away during the end of the world, the so-called Ragnarok, when fighting the Midgard Serpent.

One of Thor's most outstanding stories is the stealing his hammer and the consequent death of the giants. One morning when he woke up he saw that his hammer did not appear. At that moment he thought it had been his brother Loki. He assured him that the giants would know who it was the thief, so he put the freya feather costume and flew to the realm of the giants.

There he discovered that the person who had stolen it had been Thrym, the king himself. In exchange for returning the hammer he demanded the hand of the goddess Freya. Thor accepted the deal and together with Loki they prepared a deception. Thor would disguise himself as Freya.

During the celebrations that were organized to honor Freya's arrival, Thor was discovered to Thrym And started to lash out at all the giants with your hammer accompanied by thunder and lightning. So gave death to King Thrym and the rest of the giants of the kingdom.

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