Norse - A thunder-god and fertility-god. Son of Odin and Frigga, Fiorgyn or Erda. Brother of Balder, Hoder and Hermod. Husband of Iarnsaxa and Sif. Father of Lorride, Magni, Modi and Thrud. Some accounts make Thor the father of Odin by Bestla. As an infant he was so strong and unpredictable that his mother could not control him and he was tutored by Hlora and Vingnir. At maturity he was given the realm of Thrudheim where he built a huge palace, Bilskirnir. It was said that, when he was angry, sparks came off his red hair and beard and he generated so much body heat that he was not allowed to use the Bifrost Bridge, wading through the river instead. His chariot was drawn by two goats, Tanngrisnr and Tanngniostr and when he was riding in the chariot he was known as Aku-Thor. He was given a magic belt, Megingiord, that doubled his strength when he wore it and a magical hammer, Miolnir, which returned to his hand when thrown. The hammer, which was a thunderbolt when he hurled it and which produced lightning when struck against a rock, was so hot that he wore a special grip called Iarn-greiper. His first wife, the giantess Iarnsaxa, bore two sons, Magni and Modi; his second, Sif, who had previously borne a son, Uller, gave him two daughters, Lorride and Thrud. When Loki stole Sif's long golden hair, Thor nearly strangled him, forcing him to return the tresses. On another occasion he journeyed with Loki to Jotunheim with a view to forcing the giants to refrain from sending the icy winds which ruined the flowers. On the way, they collected two young helpers, Thialfi and and his sister Roskva. They slept one night in what they thought was a house but which, by daylight, turned out to be merely the glove of the giant Skrymir who then led them to the palace of Utgard-Loki, king of the giants. To test the powers of the gods, the king arranged various contests. Loki tried to out-eat Logi, the king's cook; Thor tried to drink the contents of the giant's horn; Thialfi ran a race against Hugi; all to no avail. When Thor tried to lift the paw of the giant's cat he failed even to move it and he was beaten in a wrestling match by Elli, the old nurse pf Utgard-Loki. When they left Jotunheim, Skrymir admitted that he had won all these events by the use of magic. He once fought a duel with the giant Hrungnir who boasted that he would take over Asgard and, with it, Thor's wife, Sif. Thor killed the giant with his hammer but was himself wounded with a fragment from the giant's shattered flint club. As he fell to the ground, the dead giant's leg fell across his body so that he was unable to move until his young son, Magni, easily lifted the leg and freed his father. Thor gave Magni the giant's horse, Gullfaxi, as a reward. Groa, a sorceress, tried to remove the flint fragment from his forehead but, forgetting where she had got to in her recitation of runes, failed to extract it. His hammer was once stolen by the giant Thrym who would return it only if he were given Freya as a wife. Freya refused to leave her husband so Thor, dressed in her bridal clothes and with Loki similarly attired as a bridemaid, presented himself to Thrym in Jotunheim. When Thrym produced the hammer, Thor seized it and killed all the giants present. When the gods were invited by Aegir to a feast in his undersea kingdom, Thor and Tyr asked the giant Hymir for a kettle large enough to hold drink for all the gods. He and Hymir went fishing for breakfast. Hymir caught two whales, just enough for their meal, and Thor fished for the Midgard serpent by baiting his hook with the head of Hymir's ox, Himinbrioter. He caught it and hauled it to the surface and would have killed it if Hymir, in fear, had not cut the line. When the two gods left with the huge kettle, the giants attacked them but Thor killed all of them with his hammer. In the final battle, Thor killed the Midgard serpent but died in the flood of venom that poured from its jaws. Some say that he also killed Garm. 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