Thor - Norse and Teutonic

God of thunder

    Thor was the son of Woden, and Jörd, goddess of the Earth, and married to Sif, another Earth goddess.
He was also a god of marriage and fire.
The fifth day of the week, Thursday, is named after him.
Thor was a warrior and always fighting giants. His constant companion was a hammer which, when thrown, always returned to his hand. The peasants believed Thor used this hammer to hurl thunderbolts at them as the wheels of his goat drawn chariot drummed on the roof of Heaven to make thunder.
Thor's hammer was stolen by the giant Thryum and, for its return the thief demanded that Freyja, goddess of love, marry him. Freyja was so angry at the suggestion that her neck swelled with rage and shattered her precious necklace, so the gods decided that Thor should dress as a woman and take her place.
He reluctantly agreed and took his close friend, the evil and cunning god Loki with him to the land of the giants.
Thor’s great appetite amazed the giants. Loki explained that this goddess had been so anxious to reach their land she had not eaten for eight days. Thryum noticed the lightning flash in Thor’s eyes from beneath the woman’s headdress. Loki insisted it was because she had been unable to sleep with the excitement of her forthcoming marriage to him. Unable to wait, the giant produced Thor’s hammer to seal the contract of marriage. As soon as his new ‘wife’ grasped the handle of the weapon he struck down the gathering of giants.
Thor had a long red beard, wore a belt that doubles his strength when tightened, and iron gloves.

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