I got an email this morning asking me what the difference between the real Thor of mythology was like versus Marvel’s interpretation. It’s actually a really good question and one I’ll be glad to do my best to answer.
In the actual Norse legends, Thor had red hair, and not blonde. He was actually depicted as a rather surly and could be a rather mean dude. This is in stark contrast to the funny, light-hearted Thor that Chris Hemsworth plays in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A few things we don’t even hear about on the Marvel side are Thor’s goats and the chariot they pull. (If you want to read a well written fiction series that really gets close to home with the Thor myth, try Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series). The goats could be killed, but each morning were brought back to life by the magic that resided in them.
There are a lot of other differences too, ones that you would be better off reading about straight from the stories themselves. I encourage you to go find a few (there are thousands on the Kindle alone) and learn more about the God of Thunder himself. He’s truly a fascinating character that is quite different from the comics most of us are used to.
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