Things People Get Wrong About Thor Norse God

Thor was among the most important gods in Norse Pantheon. Back in Viking Age, the Vikings worshipped Thor for his bravery and physical strength. The Viking warriors even wore Thor’s Mjolnir hammer pendant to join the battle and they considered the pendant as their talisman. Recently, Thor has become the most famous god in the pantheon because of modern adaptation. Unfortunately, modern version of Thor is not the original Thor Norse god and people are getting wrong about the god of thunder and storm. This piece of article is to list out 6 things people are getting wrong about Thor Norse God.

Thor was not a brother of Loki

When some Norse characters are adapted in modern artwork, the family tree seems to be altered a little bit. Yet this small alternation makes people get wrong about Thor’s family. Thor wasn’t the brother of Loki according to Norse mythology.

In Norse mythology, Thor was the only son of Odin and Jord the giantess of Earth. Like his father, Odin, Thor wasn’t a pure god because his mother came from the Jotun (giant) tribe. Other siblings (of different mothers) of Thor included Baldur the Prince, Heimdall the Guardsman of Asgard, Vidar God of Revenge, etc. Loki in Norse mythology was just a figure with mysterious parentage. Many scholars believed that Loki was a giant that managed to convince Odin to let him stay in Asgard.

In Norse mythology, Thor and Loki were not siblings. Photo shows the Punishment of Loki. Loki's intentional plan to kill Baldur the Prince of Asgard as well as son of Odin was the last straw that made Norse gods have to punish Loki severely.
In Norse mythology, Thor and Loki were not siblings. Photo shows the Punishment of Loki. Loki’s intentional plan to kill Baldur the Prince of Asgard as well as son of Odin was the last straw that made Norse gods have to punish Loki severely.

Thor had accessories to empower himself

The only thing that Thor would never leave at home when going out was the Mjolnir hammer. Both Norse mythology and modern version illustrate this. However, the original Thor Norse god had to use gloves to make the Mjolnir hammer fly back to his hand. Specifically, when Thor hurled away his Mjolnir hammer, his hammer never missed the target and it would fly back to him when mission accomplished.

In Norse mythology, to reach his full potential when battling, Thor had to equip himself with a pair of gloves and a belt. As a result, he maximized his power.

Thor Norse god with red hair and long beard. He had to use a pair of gloves and a belt to maximize his potential in battle.
Thor Norse god with red hair and long beard. He had to use a pair of gloves and a belt to maximize his potential in battle. Photo shows Thor on his chariot pulled by his goats.

Instead of flying, Thor rode on his chariot

The modern version of Thor wielded his Mjolnir hammer to fly. But this kind of thing didn’t happen in Norse mythology.

In Norse myth, Thor couldn’t fly. Instead, he had a chariot for himself. Two goats of Thor would help him pull the chariot. The goats were Tanngrisnir and Tanngnj├│str that Thor would keep as his constant companions. Every time Thor pulled his chariot to cross the sky, it made the sound of thunder to the world below.

No love affair with human, Thor Norse God married Sif “The Bride”

Norse mythology witnessed love affair among gods and other races. Considering Thor, he had no love affair with human. To be more precise, we are yet to read any material about Thor’s relationship with a human woman. Rather, he married a goddess named Sif meaning the Bride.

Thor, Loki, and Sif Thor's wife. On this occasion, Loki cut off the beautiful golden hair of Sif that provoked the wrath of Thor. He threatened to kill Loki if he failed to make amends for what Loki had done.
Thor, Loki, and Sif Thor’s wife. On this occasion, Loki cut off the beautiful golden hair of Sif that provoked the wrath of Thor. He threatened to kill Loki if he failed to make amends for what Loki had done.

Thor didn’t survive Ragnarok

In Norse mythology, Ragnarok ended Thor’s life as well as Norse Pantheon. When Ragnarok broke on the sky, every creature in the cosmos grabbed their weapon ready for this final battle. The army of Loki crashed the gate of Asgard declaring war against Norse gods.

During Ragnarok, many important gods fell in the battle. Fenrir Loki’s son swallowed Odin the Allfather. Loki and Heimdall killed one another. Surt the giant of fire slew Freyr God of Summer and Fertility. Thor managed to kill his sworn enemy, Jormungand the Midgard Serpent. But the venom of the serpent spat on Thor which resulted in his death. As he walked seven steps away from the giant corpse, he fell.

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