Why Thor Isn’t as Cool as You Thought He Was

thor2The Thor movies and the Avengers franchise have given us some of the most delicious ideas about the Thor character. Chris Hemsworth has managed to turn the Marvel comic character into a seriously sexy and heavyweight romantic hero.

But the “real” Thor wasn’t nearly that charming.

Thor, Odin and Asgard, along with Loki and the dark elves they battle, were all originally part of the Norse pantheon of gods and their subjects.

Marvel Comics’ Avengers series, which began in September 1963, took the mythological figures and gave them an interesting twist or two, and developed a well-received storyline about a group of superheros. Interestingly, Thor was the only hero in the group who was an actual god, from a completely separate mythology.

The Marvel Comics version of Thor was an extraction of the character from Norse mythology, so Chris Hemsworth’s version that reached film in 2011 was even more distant from the original, dressed-up as he was for modern audiences.

The truth is that Thor, and his father, Odin, and the slew of gods that populate Norse mythology were as badly behaved as the Greek and Roman gods, if not worse. Just like Zeus and Mars, Odin’s family tree was complex and in-bred. Look at this:

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chris-hemsworth-the-dark-world-thor-2-wallpaperIt’s difficult to keep up with who married whom and who fathered who. But a quick glance at this chart shows something that the comics and the movies changed: Loki is not Thor’s brother.

Odin fathered children with at least three gods, and the mythology talks about him fathering children with human women as frequently as he ate.

Wars were waged between the gods usually for insults to honour. Honour was taken very seriously by the Norse, and defending one’s honour was a big deal.

Thor was right in there with the best of the family members, battling away and fathering children with at least two women. There are stories about him cross-dressing to get back his hammer, spitting blood upon Midgard (Earth), and more. The cross-dressing is particularly interesting and I explored that more closely in The Branded Rose Prophecy, along with how the Norse pantheon seemed to like behaving badly on a regular basis.

It makes for great fiction, but I’d never want one of them pissed at me….

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4 Comments

  1. Robyn Larson November 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Me either. Actually if I remember the movie correctly and if I don’t I’ll have to watch it again. But Loki isn’t Thor’s brother. Loki is a foster brother. And that’s according to both son and husband. They raised him as a brother but he truly wasn’t a true brother.

    Robyn

    • Tracy November 15, 2014 at 4:53 am

      Mmm…yes, you’re right, Robyn. I do remember that from the movie, now.

      I’ve been listening to my daughter rave about Tom Huddleston for too long. It’s warping my brain. Must go and watch the movies again, and remember the details…

  2. lori faires November 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I think your right Robyn. I remember the scene in the movie where Loki was asking Odin why he never told him that he wasn’t his son. But I have the movie , so I think I’ll watch it again. Best Wishes to All.

    • Tracy November 15, 2014 at 4:54 am

      Hi Lori — thanks for stopping by.

      t.

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