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T H O R – The Movie

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T H O R

I came across this trailer of a new movie which will be released shortly. I have always been drawn to the powerful Thor and this promises to be a wonderful tale – great escapism!

In Norse polytheism, Thor (from Old Norse Þórr) is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, destruction, fertility, healing, and the protection of mankind. The cognate deity in wider Germanic mythology was known in Old English as Þunor and in Old High German Donar (runic þonar ᚦᛟᚾᚨᚱ), stemming from a Common Germanic *Þunraz (meaning “thunder”).

Ultimately stemming from Proto-Indo-European religion, Thor is a prominently mentioned god throughout the recorded history of the Germanic peoples, from the Roman occupation of regions of Germania, to the tribal expansions of the Migration Period, to his high popularity during the Viking Age, when, in the face of the process of the Christianization of Scandinavia, emblems of his hammer, Mjöllnir, were worn in defiance and Norse pagan personal names containing the name of the god bear witness to his popularity. Into the modern period, Thor continued to be acknowledged in rural folklore throughout Germanic regions. Thor is frequently referenced in place names, the day of the week Thursday (“Thor’s day”) bears his name, and names stemming from the pagan period containing his own continue to be used today.

In Norse mythology, largely recorded in Iceland from traditional material stemming from Scandinavia, numerous tales and information about Thor are provided. In these sources, Thor bears at least fourteen names, is the husband of the golden-haired goddess Sif, is the lover of the jötunn Járnsaxa, and is described as fierce-eyed, red-haired and red-bearded. With Sif, Thor fathered the goddess (and possible valkyrie) Þrúðr; with Járnsaxa, he fathered Magni; with a mother whose name is not recorded, he fathered Móði, and he is the stepfather of the god Ullr. The same sources list Thor as the son of the god Odin and the personified earth, Fjörgyn, and by way of Odin, Thor has numerous brothers. Thor has two servants, Þjálfi and Röskva, rides in a chariot led by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr (that he eats and resurrects), and is ascribed three dwellings (Bilskirnir, Þrúðheimr, and Þrúðvangr). Thor wields the mountain-crushing hammer, Mjöllnir, wears the belt Megingjörð and the iron gloves Járngreipr, and owns the staff Gríðarvölr. Thor’s exploits, including his relentless slaughter of his foes and fierce battles with the monstrous serpent Jörmungandr—and their foretold mutual deaths during the events of Ragnarök—are recorded throughout sources for Norse mythology.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor

Chris Hemsworth - Thor

Anthony Hopkins - Odin

Natalie Portman - Jane Foster

Directed by – Kenneth Branagh

Stills:
http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810026342/info

Story:

Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior, is sent down to Earth as punishment for reigniting a reckless war. But after a dangerous villain from his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth, the hammer-wielding Thor will learn what it takes to be a true hero in order to save mankind.
http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810026342/details

Video trailer courtesy of youtube.com:

©DGA 08.04.2011 13:28

Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

19 thoughts on “T H O R – The Movie

  1. I loved the idea of Thor showing up to interact with us . . . a love story with Natalie Portman would have been enough for me.

    All that other Hollywood CG stuff with Earth hanging in the balance is not for me.

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    • It does sound so romantic, doesn’t it? And his beautiful diction! I seldom want to see a movie unless it has good actors.

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    • Yes! I could see them sitting on a beach, sipping wine, and chatting about HIS world and HER world and the problems them might have with the in-laws if they decided to marry. 😀

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  2. Ancient mythology from all cultures is an inexhaustible garden from which to harvest characters for these kinds of adventure stories. Being an historian I can overlook the disregard for facts for movie making. However, it has always bothered me that the actors are just too beautiful with perfect teeth and makeup and neatly styled hair and free of scars and such from injuries and disease that certainly disfigured ancient people a great deal. The actors are too pretty and not rugged looking at all.

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    • I have to agree with you, Carl. That was the first thing I noticed when viewing this trailer. A face like that lacks character and is too darn ‘pretty’ for my liking. In fact I thought it was just me, but I feel that most of the young male actors are very effeminate. There’s nothing to beat a scar or two to show that he has done some living in his past.

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    • Mel Gibson (Braveheart) and Russell Crowe (Gladiator) made better action heros than these young whipper-snappers. 😀

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  3. Isn’t that Hemsworth chap a sight for sore eyes?

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  4. the trailer looked pretty much a normal smash-em-up movie. i’d be happy if it turns out to me more than that

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  5. yeah i am looking forward to this one…i am pretty much a sucker for seper heroes, mythology etc…we were just talking baout this last night as we watched iron man 2…thor comes out in may…

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  6. I really like Natalie Portman so I am looking forward to this one. And let’s face it, ladies, Thor is pretty pleasing on the eye. I will enjoy gawking at him even if it does make me a cougar. Rowr!

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  7. Hi Adee – have to confess that I used to hate sci-fi/fantasy action movies but after a friend convinced me to watch the Terminator series and I had to study ‘Minority Report’ for varsity, I got more interested in the genre – hubby is going to want to see this one 🙂 (anything with mindless violence to relieve the sress of the working day :-D)

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  8. I’d be pissed if i was Thor and didn’t have health insurance too HAHA http://bit.ly/hWsKcq

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