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My daughter had seen a movie based on the comic book Thor,
… and naturally figured she now understood the mythological one.
I remember the comic book Thor from my childhood…
(so much for my Father’s theory
that there’s nothing that can be learned in a comic book….. )
I guess I was a little disappointed, when in College,
I found I knew not much anything at all
about the Nordic god
on whom the comics I loved as a kid were so loosely based.
His name is still very active in our daily vocabulary,
as the origin of ‘Thursday’ was ‘Thors-Day’.
He was the son of Odin – God of Death, and King of Asgard , and Fjorgyn, the Queen and mother of Earth.
He possessed enormous strength,
and was often understood by the ancient Romans to be Hercules, son of Zeus.
There are certainly some similarities between the two mythologies,
particularly in relation to the use of Hercules’ club,
and the renowned hammer of Thor ( the Mjollnir- or Mjölnir )
Some scholars think the hammer represented a lightning bolt, and theorize a relationship between the word Mjölnir and the Russian word for lightning- ‘Molniya’, but it is morely likely to have derived from the Icelandic word ‘Mölva’ ( to crush).
The Mjollnir gave Thor tremendous power–
The ‘Prose Edda’ says that with it, Thor:
” … would be able to strike as firmly as he wanted, whatever his aim, and the hammer would never fail, and if he threw it at something, it would never miss and never fly so far from his hand that it would not find its way back, and when he wanted, it would be so small that it could be carried inside his tunic. ”
and a set of gloves called the ‘Járngreipr’, which he must wear in order to handle his magic hammer.
Norse Gods , in general, were not well loved by the Icelandic and Norwegian farmers, particularly Odin, whom the dreaded Vikings worshipped–
—- but Thor acquired a reputation for justice and was appreciated as a dedicated enemy of the Frost Giants, and this is reflected in the number of Scandanavian names- first and last– derived from his…
Last names like Donner, Thorson, Thorogood….
First names like Dustin, Arthur, and Thurston.
There is also a seemingly strong tie to stories of Thor and those in East Asia of Indra, the Hindu god of thunderstorms — and there may very well be some prototype relationship between the two.
In the Rig Vedas, Indra is described as the: “… mighty Thunderer with his fair complexioned friends won the land, the sunlight, and the waters.”
He was said to be “born of Father Heaven and Mother Earth”….
Indra’s principal weapon was the sacred thunderbolt ( Vajrayudha ), and he was engaged in a mortal struggle with a serpent ( Vritra ).
Thor’s arch enemy was the Jörmungandr, (World Serpent), with which he will battle several times.
This story of Thor and the Jörmungandr is a classic death struggle —
To be understood as an ongoing struggle between the forces of darkness and light, with the final battle– Ragnarök, ending with the death of the Jörmungandr, a civilization-ending flood, and the ultimate death of many of the pantheon of Nordic gods including Odin, the trickster god Loki, and of course, Thor, himself- poisoned by the venom of the serpent.
Only two humans survive, to repopulate the earth in time.
This “Twilight of the Gods” was the theme of Richard Wagner’s famous opera “Götterdämmerung”.
In the Eddas, the primary source of Nordic mythology,Thor was often in the company of Loki, the shape shifter and fire god..
Loki is said to have been so attached to Thor that he hung from Thor’s belt.
As one might imagine, Thor’s relationship with Loki caused him a good deal of trouble….
Devious, clever, mischieveous, dangerous.
Where Thor’s motivations were often simple and clearly understood, Loki’s were murky, complex, and often disceitful.
Still, Thor’s brawn was sometimes balanced by Loki’s brains.
My favorite story relating to Thor and Loki involves the mysterious loss of Thor’s Mjöllnir—
While Thor was sleeping, the Mjöllnir was stolen by some dwarves and delivered into the hands of the Frost Giant Thyrm (Þrymr).
Loki convinced Thor to dress in bridal clothing and journey to Jotunheimr disguised as Freyja, while Loki would play ‘bridesmaid’.
Once they arrived, Thor had trouble concealing his voracious appetite, eating several whole animals and three casks of mead..
A suspicious but somewhat gullible Thyrm is told by Loki that Freyja’s strange behavior is due to her not having eaten for eight days out of excitement about the upcoming wedding.
Thyrm then lifts her veil to kiss Freyja, and is frightened by the glare of two burning, angry red eyes staring back at him …..
Loki again explains it away to the clueless Thyrm, with the excuse that Freyja has not slept for eight days in anticipation of the wedding.
Loki suggests an earnest token on the part of the groom be presented, and when the Mjöllnir is laid upon the bride’s lap…
….. well, that’s when Thor reveals himself, and his bad temper.
The slaughter that followed was, in mythological terms at least, some compensation for the humiliation Thor felt in having to dress in women’s clothes to recover his rightful property.
What has always struck me, though…
…… is just how blind cupidity can make someone like Thyrm.
How he could confuse a hulking Thor for the beautiful Freyja is key to understanding the story—
———– and the nature of blind ambition, greed and lust .
So, maybe Thor did make one ugly bride,
but he also made one helluva motorcycle.