The Norse god Thor, after whom Thursday is named, was the eldest son of Odin, the chief of the gods.
He was primarily god of thunder but also god of strength, agriculture, farmers, free men, rain and fertility. He had a really bad temper.
His main weapon was a hammer called Mjollnir, which returned to his hand after being thrown.
This hammer is a symbol of fertility and a model of it is placed in the lap of the bride in traditional wedding ceremonies in Nordic countries.
Thor couldn't throw his hammer without the aid of his magic belt Megingjardir, which doubled his power.
Thor was the only god not allowed to cross Bifrost, the bridge connecting the world of men with the world of the gods.
It was feared that his lightning, or the very heat of his presence, might destroy it.
Thor rode in a chariot drawn by two fierce billygoats named Tanngniost ('Toothgnasher') and Tanngrisnir ('Toothgrinder').
These goats could be killed and eaten, and they would be revived, good as new, the next day. The rolling of the wheels of Thor's goat-drawn chariot is said to create thunder.
In the great end-of-the-world battle at Ragnarok, Thor fights the Wyrm of Midgard, a serpent whose body encircles the whole world. Both are killed.