What is Thor?

  • (noun): (Norse mythology) god of thunder and rain and farming; pictured as wielding a hammer emblematic of the thunderbolt; identified with Teutonic Donar.


In Norse mythology, Thor (from Old Norse Þórr) is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing and fertility. The cognate deity in wider Germanic mythology and paganism was known in Old English as Þunor and in Old High German as Donar (runic þonar ᚦᛟᚾᚨᚱ), stemming from a Common Germanic *Þunraz (meaning "thunder").

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Altuna Runestone - Description
... Hymiskviða of the Poetic Edda, in which the Norse god Thor fishes for Jörmungandr, the Midgard serpent ... Thor goes fishing with the jötunn Hymir using an ox head for bait, and catches Jörmungandr, who then either breaks loose or, as told in the Gylfaginning of the Prose ... The Prose Edda provides the additional detail that while Thor was pulling on the line with Jörmungandr on the hook, his feet went through the bottom of the boat ...
Seth (Marvel Comics) - Shatterfist
... Created by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz and Al Milgrom, he first appears in Thor vol ... When Zarrko the Tomorrow Man hoped to absorb the power of the mystical hammers of Thor (Eric Masterson) and Dargo Ktor, he was stopped by Beta Ray Bill ... One of them was Shatterfist whom Thor hasn't encountered yet ...
Seth (Marvel Comics) - Seth - Serpent God
... mythology, was created by Bill Mantlo, Roy Thomas, and Sal Buscema, and first appeared in Thor #240 (October 1975) ... attacks his fellow Heliopolitans, as well as the Asgardians Thor and Odin, but he is defeated Seth appears as a recurring enemy of Thor and Asgard ...
... The Thor-Burner was an American expendable launch system, a member of the Thor family ... It consisted of a Thor missile, with one or two Burner upper stages ...
Thor - Modern Influence
... In modern times, Thor continues to be referenced in popular culture ... Klopstock's 1776 ode to Thor, Wir und Sie, Thor has been the subject of various poems, including Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger's 1807 epic poem Thors reise til Jotunheim and, by the same author, three ... Grundtvig the poem Harmen by Thor Thorild Der Mythus von Thor (1836) by Ludwig Uhland Der Hammer Thors (1915) by W ...

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    Thaw with his gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other but breaks in pieces.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)