Thor the God of Thunder in Norse Mythology


Kelly Macquire
published on 25 January 2022

Thor, the god of the sky, thunder and agriculture in Norse Mythology, is best known today from his depiction as a superhero in graphic novels and movies which draw on his role in tales from Norse Mythology. He developed from an older Germanic god Donar, and eventually became the most popular god in the pantheon.

Among the gods of Asgard, Thor was the giant-killer, with most of the myths surviving of the god having something to do with killing giants and the ones that aren’t focused on his conflict with Jormungandr the Midgard Serpent. Contrary to how he appears in the movies, in myths Thor is depicted as a tall, powerful man with long red hair and a full beard, and was the defender of both Asgard, the realm of the gods, and Midgard, the realm of the humans.



0:00​ Introduction
1:01 Who is Thor in Norse Mythology?
4:32 Myths About Thor
7:14 Thor and the Midgard Serpent
8:24 The Cult of Thor
9:55 Thor in the Modern Day
10:49 Outro

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Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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