In Germanic mythology, Thor (/ θɔːr/; coming from Old Norse: Þórr) is actually a hammer-wielding god connected with thunder, super, hurricanes, oak trees, strength, the defense of humankind and likewise hallowing and fertility. Besides Old Norse Þórr, expansions of the god develop in Old English as Þunor as well as in Old High German as Donar (runic þonar ᚦᛟᚾᚨᚱ). All forms of the divine being stem coming from a Common Germanic * Þunraz (suggesting thunder).
Thor is actually a prominently stated the lord throughout the recorded record of the Germanic peoples, from the Roman line of work of locations of Germania, to the tribal expansions of the Migration Period, to his high appeal in the course of the Viking Age, when, in the skin of the method of the Christianization of Scandinavia, symbols of his hammer, Mjölnir, were used and also Norse polytheist personal titles having the label of the god testify to his level of popularity.
Because of the attribute of the Germanic corpus, stories including Thor are only confirmed in Old Norse, where Thor seems throughout Norse mythology. Norse folklore, mainly captured in Iceland from standard material deriving from Scandinavia, delivers several tales including the god. In these sources, Thor shoulders a minimum of fifteen names, is the husband of the golden-haired deity Sif, is actually the enthusiast of the jötunn Járnsaxa, as well as is actually typically described as brutal eyed, red haired as well as reddish facialed hair. Along With Sif, Thor fathered the siren (and also achievable valkyrie) Þrúðr; with Járnsaxa, he fathered Magni; with a mommy whose label is certainly not documented, he fathered Móði, as well as he is actually the stepfather of the god Ullr. By method of Odin, Thor possesses many brothers, including Baldr. Thor possesses two slaves, Þjálfi as well as Röskva, rides in a cart or even chariot pulled through two goats, Tanngrisnir and also Tanngnjóstr (that he eats and also reanimates), as well as is ascribed 3 houses (Bilskirnir, Þrúðheimr, and Þrúðvangr). Thor possesses the mountain-crushing hammer, Mjölnir, uses the belt Megingjörð as well as the iron handwear covers Járngreipr, as well as has the workers Gríðarvölr. Thor’s deeds, featuring his relentless carnage of his foes as well as strong struggles with the ominous snake Jörmungandr– and their foretold mutual fatalities in the course of the events of Ragnarök– are actually captured throughout sources for Norse mythology.
Into the contemporary time period, Thor continued to be recognized in country legend throughout Germanic-speaking Europe. Thor is actually regularly described in position titles, the time of the week Thursday bears his label (modern English Thursday obtains coming from Old English Þūnresdæg, ‘Þunor’s day’), and also labels stemming from the pagan duration having his own carry on to be utilized today, particularly in Scandinavia. Thor has influenced numerous jobs of craft and also recommendations to Thor seem in contemporary prominent lifestyle. Like other Germanic deities, regard of Thor is restored in the contemporary time period in Heathenry.