The god of thunder, often seen as the hero of the common man, was the most worshiped god during the pre-Christian Scandinavian Era. He is associated with strength, the protection of mankind, and storms. The characteristics most valuable to the Norse people often surrounded Thor, like honor, loyalty, and the unshakeable sense of duty. It was also his place to bless and consecrate holy places with his hammer Mjölnir, but in the same light, it could also be used for destruction. The dual purpose of the mighty hammer reflects the dual properties of human existence. During the Christianization of Scandinavia, the image of Mjölnir was a tool for private revolt against the new God. Wearing pendants in the shape of the hammer was a deliberate contrast to the symbol of the cross.
Thor seems to fall onto the second tier in the deity scheme, which is the function of a warrior and military power. Being the god of both tempestuous storms and sunny, fair weather, he is married to Sif, a golden-haired goddess linked to the earth and crops. Their marriage is often considered the divine marriage of sky and land.
His familiars are the two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr, who pull his chariot, and of course his famous hammer Mjölnir. The day of the week dedicated to him is Thursday, from the Old Norse term thorsdagr meaning “Thor’s day.”
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