T is for Thor, Norse God of Thunder – A to Z Challenge

My theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvib

My A to Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. I hope they spark your curiosity. I find it fascinating how so many stories crossed the boundaries of countries and even oceans.


T is for Thor, Norse God of Thunder

Thor and the Midgard Serpent (by Emil Doepler, 1905) (Wikipedia)
Thor and the Midgard Serpent (by Emil Doepler, 1905) (Wikipedia)

Thor is the Norse god of thunder and lightening usually depicted as having fierce eyes, red hair and a beard . He is associated with strength, the protection of mankind and fertility. The word “Thursday” is derived from his name.

“…stemming from Proto-Indo-Thor-The-Dark-World-2013-Movie-PosterEuropean religion, Thor is a prominently mentioned god throughout the recorded history of the Germanic peoples, from the Roman occupation of regions of Germania, to the tribal expansions of the Migration Period, to his high popularity during the Viking Age, when, in the face of the process of the Christianization of Scandinavia, emblems of his hammer, Mjölnir, were worn in defiance and Norse paganpersonal names containing the name of the god bear witness to his popularity.” (Wikipedia)

There are many tales about Thor  in Norse mythology and many stories since then have built on his reputation.

Thor is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name
Thor is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name

 

 

 


References:

Feature Picture: Thor’s Battle Against the Jötnar(1872) by Mårten Eskil Winge (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Wikipedia

 


DO YOU WANT MORE?

Go to my 2016 A to Z Challenge page to see my other posts on world mythology.

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Jo-Ann Carson writes a saucy mix of fantasy, adventure and romance. Her latest stories are in the Gambling Ghosts Series: A Highland Ghost for Christmas, A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day, Confessions of a Pirate Ghost and The Biker Ghost Meets his Match. An anthology of the novellas will be coming out this summer. Currently she is working on Midnight Magic, A Ghost & Abby Mystery, the first book in a spin-off series from her Viking ghost story. Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, playing Mah Jong and drinking good coffee. You can chat with her on social media: You can find all her links on her website - http://jo-anncarson.com

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