This post is inspired by the following Twitter thread:
I wanna talk about why “Fat Thor is good™️ because ‘Look at these pictures of Strongmen’” misses something important – that treating Thor as a War(rior) God is playing right into Nordic White Suppremacist Theologies – Because Thor isn’t a War God. He’s a Fertiliy God. pic.twitter.com/Q0x89hTcCa
— Queer Eye For The Animorphs Reboot (@JacksonEflin) September 13, 2021
I respectfully disagree with parts of the thread (not just the original tweet above).
- I have never seen Thor being referred to as a war God. Not even by the “white suprëmacists” (or inbreds for short, a side effect of insisting that they’re Racially Pure in a world where hardly anybody is). The only exception seems to be the National Museum of Denmark, which I’ll get to later, settling for a facepalm for the time being.
- Calling Thor a God of fertility, while not incorrect, feels misleading to me. (Some argue that laying of the hammer in the bride’s lap makes the hammer a phallic object, but I think it’s…reaching a bit. In the same way you could say a fork is a phallic object.) I feel that “God of farming” or “God of plenty” would be a better choice of words, as Thor connects the sky and the Earth, bringing rain to the crops. If you’re looking for the God of fertility, I’d send you towards Freyr and his giant erection, or Frigg, the Mother.
- Thor is the God of the common folk, especially farmers; he brings thunder, lightning, and rain; he’s the God of blacksmiths (insider info); he’s straightforward, violent only when pissed off, and the only war he participates in throughout the entire lore is Ragnarök – if you can call the Norse version of the apocalypse a war. He doesn’t bring death – he brings food to the table. Yes, his own table tends to be the first 😉 but he’s not above killing his own goats (spoiler alert: they get resurrected) to feed others.
There are at least three heathen Gods and Goddesses associated with war.