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Thor

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    Thor is the muscleman of the Norse gods. He’s the guy Odin goes to when he needs an enforcer – somebody to "enforce" his commands, and we don’t mean by asking nicely. Nope, Thor uses his physical might to intimidate and threaten others – especially those pesky giants – into doing exactly what he wants. To help him, he’s got a magical hammer and special iron gloves, both made of the finest dwarvish craftsmanship. He also wears a magical belt that gives him twice his normal strength. Since Thor is already huge and massively strong, you can bet that nobody wants to mess with him.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Thor

    Nickname

    Thunderer, Smasher, Thunder God, Donar (Old High German), Thunor (Old English)

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Asgard

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    God of thunder, lightning, and storms
    Odin’s enforcer and protector of Asgard
    Hubby to the fertility goddess Sif (a full-time job)

    Education

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Aesir gods, all the way.
    Giants better keep out of my city.

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Odin, king of the gods (father)
    Jord, the earth-goddess (mother)

    Siblings

    I have four half-brothers: Balder, Hod, Hermod, and Vidar

    Children

    With Sif: I have a stepson, Ull, and a daughter, Thrud
    With Jarnsaxa: I have two sons, Magni and Modi

    Friends

    Thialfi (messenger and bondservant)
    Loki (frenemy)

    Enemies

    All giants (Jotun), but particularly Utgardsloki, Rungnir, Hymir, Thrym, and Geirrod
    The Midgard Serpent, Jormungand (we have a face-off scheduled for Ragnarok, the end of the world)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Sif, fertility goddess (bow-chica-bow-wow)
    It’s complicated with the giantess Jarnsaxa

    Interested in

    Favorites

    Quotations

    "If at first you don’t succeed, get a bigger hammer."
    – Alan Lewis

    "If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the morning. I’d hammer in the evening, all over this land."
    – Pete Seeger and Lee Hays

    "If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?"
    – Sydney J. Harris

    "Never go to bed angry. Stay up and fight."
    – William Congreve

    "U can’t touch this"
    – MC Hammer

    Books

    Iron Man magazine
    Muscle and Fitness magazine
    Lord of the Flies
    The Call of the Wild
    Crime and Punishment (actually, I've never read this, but I bet I would like it if I did)
    The Catcher in the Rye
    Hills Like White Elephants
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    1984
    The Road

    Music

    Heavy metal
    MC Hammer
    Tom Petty
    Jimi Hendrix
    Pink Floyd
    Any Punk Rock
    Sometimes a little Frank Sinatra is nice

    Movies

    300
    Lord of the Rings
    Thor
    Pumping Iron

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    My hammer, Mjollnir
    My magical iron gloves, the Jarngreipr
    My girdle of might, the Megingjarpr
    My chariot and goats
    Thunder
    My crib, Thrudvangar (which has 540 rooms)
    Monster Milk

    Groups

    Aesir Gods
    Musclemen of Asgard
    Sons of Odin
    Asgard’s Most Powerful Players
    VIPs of Asgard
    Marvel Comic Heroes

    • Spotter's Guide

      You won't have any trouble finding Thor. He’s usually chilling with the other gods at the roots of the giant ash tree, Yggdrasil, passing judgments and stuff. If he’s not there, just be on the lookout for the seriously ripped guy with a big hammer and piercing eyes that shoot sparks.

      Physical Description

      Sex: Male
      Age: 20s or 30s
      Build: Very muscular
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair color: Red or blond
      Facial hair: He often has a full beard, though he is sometimes clean-shaven
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: A girdle of might, magical iron gloves
      Clothing: It varies, though sometimes he's dressed in drag
      Armor: None
      Type of weapon: Mjollnir, his magical hammer that never misses its mark

      Typical Companions

      • Loki
      • Jotuns (giants)
      • Jormungand, a giant snake with venomous fangs
      • His wife, Sif

      Other Notes

      Known hangouts: As the guardian of Asgard, Thor is never long in one place. He is known to spend time by the giant ash tree, Yggdrasil, and his huge mansion, Thrudvangar. He also ventures into Jotunheim to fight giants.

      Escape vehicle: A giant chariot pulled by two goats (the wheels cause thunder and lightning).

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 1962

      Marvel Comics

      Thor stars in his own Marvel comic book series called – you guessed it – Thor.

      Dec 20, 1987

      Adventures in Babysitting

      Thor began his Hollywood career by making a small appearance as a grumpy car mechanic. Watch his scene here.

      Dec 20, 2019

      How To Train Your Dragon

      This movie, being about Vikings, naturally mentions Thor a few times.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Thor

      Thor returned to Hollywood to star in this summer blockbuster, based on the Marvel comics.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Thor: God of Thunder

      In this Sega game, based on the 2011 film, you can be Thor and battle frost-giants with your trusty hammer.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Avengers

      In this movie, Thor and his superhero friends, including Captain American and Iron Man, band together to form the Avengers.