Before we move further, it is important to understand that this article only contains a simplified version of some of the Gods that might appear in the movies and that do appear in the Mythology. It doesn’t cover everything and everyone and this is purely for information and entertainment purposes of readers. Happy Reading!
There are the various mythological beings which are connected to Thor and the events of Ragnarok which inspired the storyline of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. Let us try to understand the Norse influence in Marvel Cinematic Universe by understanding the gods from Nordic Mythology.
The Norse Gods are primarily divided into two categories:-
The Aesir primarily comprise of Odin, Thor, and the other Asgardian Gods many of which we have seen in the movies but they also comprise of other Gods which are significant to the Marvel storyline.
Odin is the King of the Aesir and the ruler of Asgard. He is the god of war, wisdom, and sky. His wife is Frigga (Norse: Frigg). He is portrayed by Anthony Hopkins on the big screen for Marvel’s Thor franchise.
He is the all-father of all the Norse Gods. To help him rule Asgard and fulfill his duties, he has his animals which includes a horse (Sleipnir), two wolves (Geri and Freki) and two ravens (Hugin and Munin).
His ravens, Hugin and Munin bring inform him of the news from around the world. Sleipnir is an eight-legged flying horse which he rides across the sky. His weapon of choice is a spear which is called Gungir which never misses its target. He sacrificed one of his eyes to drink from the fountain of wisdom.
He rules the Valhalla which is an enormous Hall of Glory for fallen warriors who fought valiantly and showed virtues of honesty and greatness. These warriors are selected by Valkyries to live in Valhalla.
Here is an interesting bit, most people know that Thursday is named after Thor as it is considered to be Thor’s Day, but another interesting fact is that Wednesday is actually named after Odin as he is called Woden in German from where came Woden’s Day which became Wednesday.
Thor is the son of Odin and the god of Thunder and War who is Marvel’s choice of protagonist for their comics, movies and other media. He is portrayed on screen by Chris Hemsworth.
In Norse texts, he travels by a chariot drawn by goats which he eats when he gets hungry and can’t find anything else to eat. But, after that he revives them because he has the ability to do so. In comics, he has a hammer called Mjolnir which is based on the hammer of the same name Thor has in the Norse texts. It is made by Dwarf brothers Brokkr and Eitri from the fictional Asgardian metal named Uru.
As seen in Avengers, Mjolnir can do a lot of things which are quite amazing, one of them is returning to its rightful owner when thrown. Thor uses the hammer to protect Asgard and Midgard from giants (both Ice and fire). He is actually the son of Odin and Gaea both in the comics and Norse legend.
Thor’s wife is Sif, the golden haired who inspired the character of Lady Sif in the comics and movies. She is the goddess of home, field and crop. In the movies, Thor’s love interest is quite different. As we have seen it is actually, Jane Foster portrayed by Natalie Portman. The movie version of Sif is played by Jamie Alexander who is the lead star of the show BlogSpot.
Loki, the god of mischief and lies, is the adopted son of Odin and brother to Thor, Balder, and others. He has the power to change appearances. He was a Jotun by birth. Jotuns are the ice giants of Jotunheim.
Like Odin and Thor, Loki too has his animal companions, not quite benign as Thor’s and Odin’s though. He has a sea serpent called Jormungandr which can encircle the Earth. He also has giant wolf called Fenrir.
Oh, and Sleipnir (Odin’s horse) was also one of Loki’s children.
Hel is the ruler of the underworld. Hela is the character which takes inspiration from Hel. Cate Blanchett plays Hela in the movies.
Frigg has the power of prophecy but she doesn’t reveal what she sees and knows. She is the goddess of marriage and motherhood. Frigg is often confused with Freyje (pronounced: Freya). Another interesting fact is that Friday is actually named after the two. Frigg’s Day or Freyja’s Day became Friday. She is one of Vanir Gods.
Freyja is one of the Vanir gods which rule Vanaheim and she is the goddess of love, sex, fertility, beauty, health. She rides a chariot pulled by cats and has battle boar. She is the daughter of Njord, the god of sea and wind. She has a twin brother, Freyr. Freyr is the god of prosperity, virility and fertility. He rides the shining dwarf-made golden boar.
Tyr is Thor’s brother and the god of law, justice, war and glory. Fenrir (the monstrous wolf who is one of Loki’s children) bit off Tyr’s hand while he was trying to chain him. Tuesday is derived from Try’s name as Tyr was called Tiw in Old English.
Vidar is Odin’s son and god of forest, revenge and silence. Baldr (Comics: Balder) is the Odin’s second son and the god of love, peace, and forgiveness. He and his mother, Frigg had a dream about his death so his mother made every object promise to never hurt him except she forgot mistletoe.
So, Loki made a spear of mistletoe and gave it to Hodr (Baldr’s blind twin brother) who is the god of darkness and he mistakenly kills Baldr which triggers the events of Ragnarok (English: Fate of the Gods).
Heimdall is the guardian and gatekeeper of Asgard who leaves on the Rainbow bridge, Bifrost which connects Asgard to Midgard (Earth). He can hear and see everything even blades of grass growing and certain people on Earth (wink wink Jane Foster). He was born from 9 mothers and he doesn’t sleep. He blows his born called Gjallarhorn to signal the start of Ragnarok. Heimdall kills Loki with his staff.
Check out what happens in the movie and connection between Mythology and MCU for yourself by watching Thor: Ragnarok. Hope you enjoyed the article and the movie!