Thor Odinsson Picture


Coloured pencils and tempera watercolours on A4 paper, November 2013.

© Ilías Patrinós

Inspired by the recent Marvel movies, I decided to draw the thundergod as I imagine him according to mythological and archaeological sources.

Thor [Old Norse: Þórr, Old English: Đunor, Old High German: Donar, Proto-Germanic: Þunraz (thunder)], the red-bearded son of Odin and Fjörgyn, the mighty god of thunder, hallowing and fertility, protector of mankind, defender of the Æsir and of Asgard. Thor wields the mountain-crushing hammer Mjölnir, made by the dwarfs Eitri and Brokkr, and he wears the iron gloves Járngreipr, which allow him to wield it, and the enchanted belt Megingjörð that doubles his strength. The swastika on his chest is the Thorshamarmerki ("mark of the hammer of Thor"), used by the Vikings on swords and runestones as a symbol of Thor’s hammer and of lightning. On the background we see Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr, the two goats that pull his chariot, and the Södermanland runestone, bearing an invocation to his name and a depiction of his hammer. The runic inscription on the top right reads “Thor”. He was also known by other names, such as Björn (Bear), Hlóriði (Loud Rider) and Vingþórr (Hallower). Described as fierce-eyed and strong, Thor was the archetype of a loyal and honourable warrior, a personification of the Viking ideal toward which every warrior aspired. One of the most prominent figures in Norse mythology, he was a major god of all branches of the Germanic peoples before their conversion to Christianity.

More random info: today is Thursday, which literally means Thor’s day.
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