Kidís Corner

Thor

by: Irene Davis

My article is about Thor the Norse god of thunder. Thor is the son of Odin and Jord (Earth). He is one of the most powerful gods. Thereís little known about his wife, Sif (a fertility goddess), except, the dwarfs made her golden hair after Loki had cut off her hair. The giantess, Jarnsaxa (iron cutlass), is his mistress. Jarnsaxa and Thor have two sons, Magni and Modi, and one daughter, Thrud. Thorís servant, Thialfi, helps him and is also a messenger of the gods.

Thor, typically, is described as a large, powerful man, having a red beard and eyes of lightning. Heís a popular protector of both gods and humans against the forces of evil. Thor became more popular than his father, Odin.

Norse believed during thunderstorms, Thor rode through the heavens on his chariot. His chariot was pulled by his two goats, Tanngrisni (gap-tooth), and Tanngnost (tooth grinder). The goats and chariot are magic. Everytime Thor threw his hammer, Mjollnir, lightning would flash. The hammer, Mjollnir, would magically return to itís owner when thrown. Thor had to wear iron gloves in order to wield the hammer. His belt, Megingjard, would double his strength.

Thor is not really the wisest or most intelligent god, but he is straight forward.

"Thorís Day" is Thursday in English and Torsdag in Norwegian.

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Photos courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor

Resources:

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/t/thor.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor