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Týr equated with Mars in an 18th-century manuscript (ÍB 299 4to)
Men prayed to Tyr for victory in battle, and justice in peace. He is renown for his wisdom as well as his valor. ~ Robert Blumetti

Týr (Gothic Teiws, Old English Tīw and Old High German Ziu and Cyo, all from Proto-Germanic *Tīwaz) is a Norse god associated with law, honor, justice and heroic glory in Germanic mythologies. His Latinised name is Tius or Tio, and Tuesday was named "Tīw's Day", as a translation of dies Martis equating him with Mars, the Roman god of war. Speculation exists that he was once considered the father of the gods and head of a pantheon, since his name is ultimately cognate to that of *Dyeus (or Dyaus), the reconstructed chief deity of ancient Indo-European religion.


  • Tyr … is a relatively minor Aesir god in Viking Age Norse mythology. However, his name and attributes along with evidence from the study of comparative religion divulge to us that his Viking Age form is a severely diminished version of a divine figure who, in earlier ages, was the highest god of the Norse and other Germanic peoples. (By the Viking Age, this role had been usurped by Odin.)

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