Thor was the most popular of the Norse deities, with a large and active worship tradition spread throughout the entirety of the Scandinavian world.
Thor, unhappy with this union, was forced to devise a plan to interfere with this unhappy arrangement (without breaking his promise).
Numerous location names display a historical reverence for Thor, either indigenous (Scandinavia) or imported by Germanic tribes (Scotland).
When Alvis agreed, Thor bade him to enter a riddling test, which he purposefully extended until after the sun had risen.
An extensive number of Nordic myths focus on Thor's exploits (see "Norse Mythology" below).
Historical evidence suggests that Thor was once understood as the "high god" of the Nordic pantheon, only to be displaced (in rather late pagan mythography) by the All-Father, Odin.
Thor lives in the palace Bilskirnir (which is said to be "the greatest house" ever known) in the kingdom of Юrърvangr.
One legend describes Thor, disguised as a young boy, visiting the giant Hymir and offering to help him in his fishing tasks for the day.
Given the importance of such militancy in Nordic society, the prominence of Thor (in the surviving mythic corpus) is hardly surprising.
Thor, in his Germanic incarnation (Donner), appears as a central character in Richard Wagner's opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen.
The equivalent in German (Donnerstag, meaning "Thunder's Day") was also named after Thor.
Thor also has a stepson called Ull, who was a son of Sif.
Thor then baited his hook with an ox's head and lowered it into the immeasurably deep water.
Later, Thor was challenged to a contest of strength and asked to lift up the king's cat.
Thor features strongly in the Prose Edda of Snorri Sturluson (a twelfth-century Icelandic historian), in which his many conflicts with the race of giants (the Jotun) are a main source of plots.
Despite his general role as a giant-slayer, Thor was not undefeated.
Thor travels in a chariot drawn by the goats Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjуstr (Tooth-Grinder and Tooth-Gnasher) with his servant and messenger Юjбlfi and his sister Rцskva.
When Thor was about to kill this monstrosity, Hymir (filled with mortal terror) cut the god's line, allowing the serpent to sink back into the depths.
To wield the Mjцlnir, Thor wears the belt Megingjord, which boosts the wearer's strength and a pair of special iron gloves to lift the hammer.
Thor is the son of Odin and the giantess Jцrd (Jord, the Earth).
Many pop artists in Japan use surreal or obscene, shocking images in their art, which is clearly taken from Japanese Hentai.
Next, Thor was enticed to enter a drinking contest, which he also lost.
Thor is one of the most prominent of the Aesir, functioning as the primary god of warriors and battle.
In the Ragnarok story line he and all the Asgardians were briefly killed. While Thor will probably never die of old age it is possible for him to die in battle. In the Thor movie , Odin was about to die.Apr 4, 2012