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Thor (/θɔr/; from Old Norse Þórr) is a hammer-wielding god of Norse mythology, associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of humankind, and also hallowing, healing and fertility. A son of Odin, in wider Germanic mythology and paganism he was also known in Old English as Þunor and in Old High German as Donar (runic þonar ᚦᛟᚾᚨᚱ), stemming from a Common Germanic *Þunraz, meaning "thunder".
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- Thor was the God of Thunder and, frankly, acted like it.
- Douglas Adams, in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988), Ch. 7, p. 84
- "Immortals are what you wanted," said Thor in a low, quiet voice. "Immortals are what you got. It is a little hard on us. You wanted us to be for ever, so we are for ever. Then you forget about us. But we are still for ever. Now at last, many are dead, many are dying," he then added in a quiet voice, "but it takes a special effort."
"I can't even begin to understand what you're talking about," said Kate, "you say that I, we —"
"You can begin to understand," said Thor, angrily, "which is why I have come to you. Do you know that most people hardly see me? Hardly notice me at all? It is not that we are hidden. We are here. We move among you. My people. Your gods. You gave birth to us. You made us what you would not dare to be yourselves. Yet you will not acknowledge us. If I walk along one of your streets in this... world you have made for yourselves without us, then barely an eye will once flicker in my direction."
"Is this when you're wearing the helmet?"
"Especially when I'm wearing the helmet!"
- Douglas Adams, in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988), Ch. 22, p. 225-226
- Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
- Henry David Thoreau, in "Spring", as quoted in Robert Frost & the New England Renaissance (1988) by George Monteiro, p. 74
- It seems to me clear that Thor was not a god at all but a hero. Nothing resembling a religion would picture anybodying resembling a god as groping like a pigmy in a great cavern, that turned out to be the glove of a giant. That is the glorious ignorance called adventure. Thor may have been a great adventurer; but to call him a god is like trying to compare Jehovah with Jack and the Beanstalk.
- G.K. Chesterton, in The Everlasting Man (1925), Ch. 5