thor the norse god

July 5, 2017
Thor | Characters |
Compiled by D. L. Ashliman. Copyright 1999. Return to
  • Asa-Thor
  • Ása-Thór
  • Donar
  • Donner
  • Thor
  • Thór
  • Thunder
  • Tor
  • Þor
Linguistic note: the letter Þ (lower case þ), which may not reproduce on your computer, is called a "thorn" and is pronounced like the unvoiced "th" in the English word "thorn."
  • English: Thursday, Thunderday
  • Old English: Thuresdæg, Thursdæg, Thunresdæg
  • German: Donnerstag
  • Old High German: Donares-tac
  • Dutch: Donderdag
  • Danish, Norwegian, Swedish: Torsdag
  • Faroese: Tórsdagur (local); Hósdagur
  • Old Icelandic, Old Norse: Þórsdagr
  • Modern Icelandic: Fimmtudagur [fifth day]. After Iceland became Christian most of the older heathen day names were replaced with numbered day names.
  • French: Jeudi
  • Latin: Jovis dies [Jove's day]
The hammer's name is sometimes given as Mjöllnir.

Photographs of Artifacts

  • Thor's hammer amulets. About 50 amulets shaped like Thor's hammer have been discovered in the modern era. This site features photographs of a representative sample of these important symbolic items.
  • Thor's Hammer / Christian Crucifix Mold. This tenth-century soapstone mold, found at Trendgården, Jylland, Denmark, could be used to cast either heathen or Christian amulets. Numerous sagas and historical accounts refer to the conflict between heathenism and Christianity, The hammer and the cross were very important symbols in this conflict, and the silversmith or goldsmith who used this mold could satisfy customers of either faith.
  • The Blue Belt. A folktale from Norway, collected in the mid nineteenth century by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe. The magic belt in this tale is reminiscent of the Norse god Thor's belt of strength as described in The Prose Edda of Snorri Sturluson.

Please check back soon for more information about Thor.

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