Thor for Kids - the Norse god

Thor

Thor
Viking Bronze, from Iceland, 1000 AD

Thor was the German god of strength, and the god of thunder and lightning (like Jupiter or Zeus). These three gods of the Greeks, Romans, and Germans were more or less the same because they all came from the same older Indo-European god. He carried a big hammer. Because he was so strong, the Germans sometimes thought of Thor as rather stupid, but it was his strength that defended the gods and people against the dangerous giants in German myths.

Here's a video about a fight between Thor and Loki:

To find out more about the German gods, check out these books from Amazon or from your local library:

A story about Thor and Loki
Main German religion page
Main Germans page
Main religion page


by Professor K.E. Carr, Portland State University
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