In Norse mythology, there are multiple gods. Each of them has a place to rule over and each of them has a quality to embody. But regarding the title “god of war”, there might be some of them. In this blog post, we are to look over three Viking gods of war.
Odin the Allfather
Odin the Allfather or Wodan was one of the most powerful in Norse mythology. He appeared to be an old man with beard and a spear. Odin only had one eye because he once exchanged one eye for a dip of wisdom water. Yes, Odin always had a burning desire for knowledge and wisdom. He could trade anything to get more knowledge.
He was the king of Asgard land of gods and his famous hall was Valhalla the Great Hall of Fallen Warriors. Odin possessed a High Throne upon Asgard where he would sit and observe what was happening in Nine Worlds.
Hardly can we hear about the story that Odin fights. And the truth is, Odin is like a leader who only uses his military knowledge to control his warriors and gain victory.
Thor Thunder God
Not many words needed to tell who Thor is. But of course, the original Norse Thor is quite different from the Thor on the silver screen. For example, the original Thor didn’t have any siblings named Loki.
In Norse mythology, Thor must be the first one to pop up in our minds when we mentioned Viking gods of war. Because Thor helped protect and defend his beloved ones and Asgard commonly by violence. This makes Thor become the most obvious god of war.
Thor has the Mjolnir hammer which he would never leave at home wherever he goes out. With the help of Mjolnir hammer, Thor would strike lightning and thunder to execute anyone who dares to harm him or his beloved. Nearly all of the giants in Norse mythology fear Thor and his Mjolnir hammer.
Tyr God of Justice
Tyr is quite an obscure god in Norse mythology. But according to some historians, Tyr once was the most powerful god in Norse myth but then when written in books, Odin became the supreme god. However, that’s not what we are focusing on. Because the story of Tyr is far more interesting than the throne.
The most awesome story of Tyr is the Binding of Fenrir. In the binding of this monstrous wolf, Tyr sacrificed his hand in order to tie up the wolf. But the reason why he does so is because Tyr feels ashamed when his clan lies to Fenrir to tie him up. Of course, a god can withdraw his hand as soon as possible. But Tyr wants to do that because he wants to pay something for Fenrir and want to save his clan. He also wants to treat Fenrir with fairness. That is why he deserved the title god of justice the most.
In the battle, Tyr embodied the fairness, justice, and legal decisions.