Thor Odinson is totally awesome. This iconic god has certainly come a long way since his origins in Norse Mythology, finding fame all over the world thanks to Chris Hemsworth’s portrayal of the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor’s origins actually date all the way back to the Roman Age, where he bears an uncanny resemblance to the Roman God of War, Jupiter.
More recently, in 7th Century AD, there were references in Old English made to Thunor, the Saxon interpretation of Thor. In the Viking Age references to Thor can be seen on charms and amulets. Then in the 13th Century, Thor and his exploits were compiled in the Poetic Edda. From there it’s just a short, hop, skip and a jump to Jack Kirby’s psychedelic sci-fi interpretation in the 1960’s.
But how does Marvel’s Thor contrast and compare to the Mythological Norse original?