Why is Thursday named for the character in a film coming out on Friday?

Maybe you saw The Avengers which featured a big blond guy named Thor, founding member of the Avengers. But Thursday is a bigger tribute to the Norse god of thunder than any film. After all, it is “Thor’s day.”

In Norse mythology, the original Thor is the oldest son of Odin and Earth’s goddess incarnate. As the strongest of the Norse gods, he is the god of thunder (the Swedish word for thunder, tordön, literally means “Thor’s din”), but he is also associated with wind, lightning and oak trees. His magic hammer Mjölnir is a fierce mountain-flattening weapon. Mjölnir, which means “crusher,” is the root for the Russian and Welsh words for lightning. Early variations of his name include donar, thonor and thunaraz.

Let’s not forget to mention the wonderfully vivid attribute of Thor; his chariot pulled by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr, that Thor can slaughter, eat, then resurrect as good as new.

Roman scholars sought commonalities between the Greco-Roman pantheon of gods and the deities of lands occupied by the Roman Empire. Roman documents going back to the first century intermix Thor’s strength and hammer with Hercules’ bronze and club, but also with Jupiter, the Roman god of thunder and the sky.

In the Roman calendar, the fourth day of the week was named for Jupiter (lovis Dies). During Roman occupation of Germanic territories, the calendar was borrowed and the association of Jupiter with Thor led to the naming convention for Thunor’s Day, eventually shortened to Thor’s Day. Germanic languages all use Thor as a root for the fourth day of the week: Torstai (Finnish), Torsdag (Swedish, Norwegian and Danish) Donnerstag (German) Donderdag (Dutch). Meanwhile, Romance languages (those based on Latin) all originate from Jupiter: giovedi (Italian), jeudi (French), joi (Romanian).

Thor’s role in daily life became more prominent as Christianity spread through Germanic speaking areas. Thor as a personal or place name was common through the 10th Century, a channel for people to assert their original culture in a changing society. This week, the only din that Thor will make will be the rattle and bass of movieplex sound systems.

Now that you know the namesake of Thursday, consider the absolutely bizarre Norse origin of Tuesday: a one-armed, completely obscure deity. Learn his story, here.


  1. martynia -  February 2, 2012 - 9:36 am

    It good to learn new things never would of thought about that !!!!! ;)

  2. Ditte -  May 9, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    One, Finnish is not a Germanic language.

    Two, Thor is supposed to have red hair. ;(
    But I understand making him blond for a movie.

  3. Arcanis -  May 8, 2011 - 4:36 pm

    just another point, any dimensional person/being that is in the 7th dimension, which is the one i think “god” could be in, has the ability to become several beings, so god is gods

  4. Anonymous -  May 7, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    OT, I can’t believe Natalie Portman is in Thor…

  5. the awesome person -  May 7, 2011 - 10:15 am

    just saying Odin and Woden are the same person. Just Odin is more well known.

  6. Tobias Mook -  May 7, 2011 - 10:09 am

    “This goes to show you how embedded Religion, False religion has been, is and continues to be in human society.
    Interestingly the Bible talks about wicked spirits (demons, angels who in Noah’s day rebelled against The Only True God John 17:3, they were kicked out of Heavens to the earth along with the Devil,according to Revelation 12:12) involvement in human affairs. They will soon be out of commission during Harmaggedon.”

    Now really, this was such a nice article. I truly despise it when you evangelists com in with your religions and ruin everyone else’s day. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FALSE GOD! Everyone is entitled to believe what they want. Jesus would say the same.

  7. Pinki -  May 7, 2011 - 8:52 am


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  9. LOL -  May 7, 2011 - 3:10 am

    hi., nice info

  10. Junfan Mantovani -  May 7, 2011 - 2:10 am

    Reminds me of thursday, im washing my hair.

  11. Book Beater -  May 6, 2011 - 8:31 pm

    @Deets in re TRUTH
    Not a red herring, simply a Christian goading the lions.

  12. A! -  May 6, 2011 - 6:07 pm


    Thor won’t lead people to a peaceful land, he fights the great serpent (Jörmungandr) in Ragnarök and after killing the serpent Thor still walks 9 steps further but then he eventually dies from the poison of Jörmungandr.
    Every human dies at Ragnarök besides a man and a woman which are Líf and Lífþrasir, they hide at Hoddmímis holt and then it’s said that generations will spring from them. Also after Ragnarök in a place called Iðavöllr which was Asgard (home of the gods) before, will live the gods who survived Ragnarök, and they are Víðarr and Váli (Sons of Odin) now possessing Mjöllnir, Móði and Magni (Sons of Thor) and the ones returning from Hel, Baldr and Höðr.

    We shouldn’t compare one mythology to another, every single one of them have their own mystical and single way. Some facts really are similar to each other, but some people will find it disrespectful when one compares Christianity to Norse mythology, as I do being an Asatruar myself. Please don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against other religions, I’m just saying they’re different and it’s not polite comparing them.

  13. RAAZ -  May 6, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    Monday – Máni’s day (
    Tuseday – Tyr’s day
    Wednesday – Odin’s day ‘
    Thursday – Thor’s day
    Friday – Frigg’s day
    Saturday – Saturnus’ day
    Sunday – Sunna’s day
    Today – My day
    Yesterday – Yours day

    These are 100% accurate. previous are incorrect.

  14. RAAZ -  May 6, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    bakwassssssssssss!!!! all engaged in this article are stupids.

  15. Wurrukatte -  May 6, 2011 - 4:29 pm

    I’ve only recently been getting into Old English and Germanic linguistics, just out of interest, no other reason. I wouldn’t even count myself an amateur.

    I knew it was spelled ‘worold’ or ‘weorold’, but I just kept it as basic as I could so as not to confuse, sorry. I was just really surprised to learn that was the actual meaning of an otherwise typical English word.

  16. dennis -  May 6, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    exelent given idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!more power to the next gx.

  17. Arcanis -  May 6, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    check this,
    everyone believes in a different number of gods. funny thing is, the “gods” are explanations of old for natural phenomena, and for the unexplainable put it into this context,

    each person or existing being in a n-level dimension can view the one below it, as well as it’s own. We live in the 4th dimension, so the one above it is the 5th, obviously. in the 5th dimension, any person can travel in any direction through time and change anything, which is our dimension. that said, God (for the church goers/ single god believers) or gods(for everyone else) are actually 5th dimensional people, so technically, there is a multiple number of “Gods”, albeit with qualities our 4th-dimensional selves can’t reach or comprehend.

    also, Thursday is the fourth day of the week, since the week established long ago started on a Monday. the people who think the sabbath is on Saturday are wrong, the sabbath is in fact on Sunday.

  18. Deets -  May 6, 2011 - 1:10 pm

    @mythfreak: Under all the misspellings, fragments and disconnected utterings, I suspect there is a passionate and wonderful argument about the anthropological purpose of religion over time.

    Go learn how to construct an argument clearly and try it again.

    @TRUTH: I’m going to accuse you of throwing out a red herring. I don’t really understand the correlation between your comment and this story which is merely an explanation of the etymology of the word “Thursday” and a superhero movie, which is based on a story from folklore that predates Christianity.

  19. Bryan H. Allen -  May 6, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    Now this comment will get censored; that I expect.

    But what justified censoring my carefully crafted comment Thursday?

    Was it that I cited competitor Wikipedia by hyperlink?

    Was it that I droned on about peripheral Swedish phonetics?

    Was it that I told jokes about two other frivolous commenters claiming the noble prize to to be “first”? You know perfectly well that others castigate comments in terms much worse than that! (Remember? I complained that “mouthpiecenik” was needlessly harsh in personally denouncing another commenter as ignorant.)

    Yes, “Pirated Pyrite Prize” literally means “stolen fools-gold prize”, but stolen means that it was not earned, and fools gold means that it is worthless. Plus, Melody claimed it but was not the first. That means she stole it, politely, alliteratively, she pirated it. Plus, movie pirates are fun, I presume.

    Do you really, in good judgement, deem that defamatory? By implication, you impute higher social value to Royce’ comment and Melody’s second comment than to my soft ridicule?

    If so, then, politely, your standards of judgement seem to need more introspection. Sleep on it. Please.

    Bryan H. Allen

  20. MAC -  May 6, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    There is no committee of gods, there is only One God.
    Logically speaking; there can only be One God, not two, three, sixteen hundred or whatever…
    Do you have two brains? No. Any species that we think did like ole stegosaurus and this is not proven; was not successful.
    So, as the model goes, one is better than two when it comes to advanced intelligence.
    And the most advanced intelligence of all is God.
    And if you don’t think that there is a God riddle me this; who came up with the Universe? It did not just happen, it was designed. We see evidence of this everywhere…
    He said “let there be light…”. A pretty good description of the big bang don’t you think?
    So, who was the designer? One answer, God.

  21. Jay -  May 6, 2011 - 11:49 am

    @Book Beater
    I understand perfectly…..

  22. Chun-Yin Yu -  May 6, 2011 - 11:36 am


    Excellent idea! That will make Thor proud.

  23. bruno -  May 6, 2011 - 12:31 am

    I’m gonna watch thor on thors day.

  24. Chun-Yin Yu -  May 6, 2011 - 12:16 am

    It really doesn’t make sense for the movie “Thor” to be released on Friday (Old English Frīgedæg, Freya’s day, Frigga’s day, Frigg’s day (Frigg was the wife of Odin and chief of the goddesses in Scandinavian Mythology); related to Old Frisian frīadei, Old High German frīatag). But if the movie is released on Thursday, then that really makes sense for such movie. The people responsible for international movie release obviously made an unwise choice in the day of release. Aaaggghhh! Thor must be fiery angry like hell.

  25. Beornwiga -  May 6, 2011 - 12:03 am

    Thank you Wurrukatte and people from Sweden and Norway for discussing the linguistic flaws and nuances in this article that I, in my infinite ignorance, cannot point out!

    @Wurrukatte, what dialect of Old English are you familiar with? In all my exposures to the old Anglo-Saxon word for ‘world’, I saw it spelled as ‘weorold’ or some similar variant. Of course, your ‘werald’, given the inconsistency of spelling back then, could just be another dialectic variant of the word! Interested to hear what you say – etymology is fun :) gotta love linguistics!

  26. Beornwiga -  May 5, 2011 - 11:52 pm

    I know others have said this, but I’d first like to say that Finnish is not a Germanic language – indeed, it borrows quite a lot from Swedish and German (where it got the umlaut), but the language itself (Suomi) is a relative of languages such as Hungarian and Estonian, in the Uralic family. Also, modern day Romanian is as much a Slavic language as it is a descendent of Latin.

    Now, in English:
    Sunday is Súnandæg* in Old English, Súnan being a form of the word ‘sun’

    Monday is Mónandæg, Mónan being one of the words for ‘moon’

    Tuesday is Tiwesdæg, Tíw being the Anglo-Saxon name for Týr, the Germanic god of war

    Wednesday is Wódensdæg, Wóden being the Anglo-Saxon name for Óðinn (Odin), the All-Father and god of many things

    Thursday is Þunresdæg, Þunor being one Anglo-Saxon name for Þórr (Thor)

    Friday is Frigesdæg, Frige being the Anglo-Saxon form of Freyja (Freya)

    Saturday is Sæternesdæg, Sætern being an Old English variant of Saturn. Most European languages derive their name for this day from the Greek work for sabbath, such as Standard German Samstag, North and East Germany Sonnabend, essentially meaning ‘sun’s eve’. English, Dutch/Afrikaans (zaterdag/Saterdag), and northern dialects of Frisian are among the few European languages that still call the day after the planet Saturn. Almost all other Northern Germanic languages derive their word for Saturday from Old Norse ‘laugardagr’*, meaning ‘washing day’. (Swedish ‘lördag’, Danish ‘lørdag’, Icelandic ‘laugardagur’, Faroese ‘leygardagur’, Norwegian ‘laurdag’).

    And that’s my breakdown!

    *note: the letter G in Old English had four pronunciations, that of the G in ‘angel’, the G in ‘game’, the Y in ‘year’ or ‘day’, and a fourth sound that is, for all intents and purposes, a voiced equivalent of German ‘CH’. ‘Dæg’ is almost exactly pronounced like ‘day’. The G in Old Norse often functioned similarly to the G in Old English, especially with the sound equivalence of the Y in ‘year’ and ‘day’. This provides the link between Gs, Ys, and Js across the board. ‘dæg’ pronounced ‘day’; ‘dag’ pronouced ‘dog’; ‘tag’ pronounced ‘tog’: ‘Frige’ and ‘Freyja’ pronounced ‘freeya’.
    Though I am not fluent in Old Norse, I can only presume based on my knowledge of other Germanic languages that ‘laugardagr’ would be pronounced something like ‘lo-yar-da-ger’. This is a rough breakdown, and there are many other ways to connect the English G and Y and J with other Germanic languages via Old English, but I hope this helped and made sense/seemed relevant to any of you who read it.

  27. mythfreak -  May 5, 2011 - 9:37 pm

    kay commenting here cause it wont let me on the tyr’s day thread any one who might see this from the other thread and thinks that there is a single religion out there that doesnt lie to you you are 10000987654321% wrong because if you look into any religion deeper than their typical racial coloure you WILL notice all of the similaritys. easiest to use roman and greek mythology all of the gods are the same under different name ( save hermes he is a exception ) now boys and girls WHY THE F*&K would the romans almost completely copy the greco gods ( wait no i know my haceint history and know the romans werent the first dominat people on the italian peninsula it was the ecrusteans and they partially copied the greco gods) but still why would they do this? kinda make you wonder or does it what would they want from being similar? what does the church want you to put in collection pans at a service? except they wanted followers to do the “gods” bidding. to make intigration easier when you conquer some one. and jesus dont get me started on him. he want the first to be resurected after 3 days or to be born of the 25 of christmas. the guy who is given first to that belonged to a unknown PEGAN culture ( btw that means any one who worships more than one god ) and no one even knows the guys name but the documents stating these facts are waaaay older than the mehsiah of christanity. moral of the story every religion is the same in a way.

    p.s. wanna hear the biggest similarity between norse mythology and christan faith??

    ragnarok a.k.a the end of the world as we know it where the god(s) do final battle against evil and the son of (odin) god (thor) jesus would lead the rightous survivours to a peacfull land that was perfect.

    p.p.s the norse muthology is far older than the christan faith js

  28. Book Beater -  May 5, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    @ jay
    We got in trouble with the site manager because we did what lions do when christians throw themselves in front of them.

  29. Boaz -  May 5, 2011 - 8:04 pm

    But Finnish is not a Germanic language :it’s Uralic.

    Also, the name for Monday does not refer to Jupiter in all Romance languages: in Spanish it is “lunes” –”luna” being the word for “moon”, derived from the Latin “lūna”, which is also where the word “lunar” comes from. Hence it is, as in English, “Moon-day”.

    Otherwise, a very interesting article.

  30. Lucy♥ -  May 5, 2011 - 6:59 pm

    =) That’s quite interesting. Though about watching Thor… Not sure if I will^^

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  32. Michael -  May 5, 2011 - 6:29 pm

    I could have swore Wednesday was named after Donald Trump?

  33. Aprendo -  May 5, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    I think anyone interested in mythology should definitely check out Joseph Campbell’s books like “The Hero With A Thousand Faces” and “The Power of Myth”. Compelling stuff. He expands upon Jungian idea of archetypes that pop up in many stories throughout time reflecting the human psyche, with today’s movies being a newer manifestation of these elements in different ways. George Lucas for Star Wars is a good example and he actually looked at “The Hero With A Thousand Faces” I believe.

  34. hisauen -  May 5, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    dis is not in the persy jackson books

  35. Vinter -  May 5, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    Swedish person here.
    Tordön is not modern Swedish for thunder, it’s an ancient norse word.
    We use the word åska for that these days.
    And it doesn’t mean Thor’s din, it means Thor’s roar/rumble, as in a roaring voice or a rumbling sound. It was believed that thunder was the sound of Thor’s hammer Mjölnir striking and slaying a giant.

    Monday – Máni’s day (Norse moon god, brother of Sunna/Sól)
    Tuseday – Tyr’s day (Norse god of war and law)
    Wednesday – Odin’s day (Norse allfather god)
    Thursday – Thor’s day (Norse god of thunder)
    Friday – Frigg’s day (Norse goddess, queen of Asgard, Odin’s wife)
    Saturday – Saturnus’ day (Latin harvest god)
    Sunday – Sunna’s day (Norse sun goddess, sister of Máni)

    These are 100% accurate.

  36. troll trollington -  May 5, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    ha i saw Thor already

  37. cosmatin -  May 5, 2011 - 4:34 pm

    Heathen god…

  38. Dude -  May 5, 2011 - 4:24 pm

    wow thts epic

  39. Someone from Norway -  May 5, 2011 - 2:25 pm

    Reply to “Someone from Sweden” (and anyone else that cares).

    The writer of this article has mixed Swedish and Norwegian, and got it a little bit wrong; the Norwegian word for thunder is “torden”, not “tordön”. An exact translation of Thor-din to Norwegian would be “tordønn”, but this is not a word.

    (not sure if Norwegian letters are printed well, the 5th letter in tordønn shall be the Norwegian o with forward slash over it).

  40. Jansi -  May 5, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    Today is Thor’s day!

  41. Froggie -  May 5, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    wow…interesting fact! :)

  42. Ray Shell -  May 5, 2011 - 1:43 pm

    Interesting. RICK RIORDAN ROCKS!!!

  43. J Taylor -  May 5, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    Finnish is NOT a Germanic language, though it was influenced by some. It’s not even Indo-European!

  44. Wurrukatte -  May 5, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    Also, just in case anyone is interested: the word “World” literally means “the Age of Man(kind)”.

    From Old English ‘wer-’, meaning “man”(think werewolf, “man-wolf”); and ‘ald-’ meaning “age”. So ‘wer-ald’, “man-age”; which meant literally, the “Age of Man”. A common word in Germanic languages.

    Etymology is fun.

  45. Jay -  May 5, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    I read another set of comments on this article that were basically a religious break down of communication. Everyone was jumping up and down about their religous beliefs or lack thereof rather than discussing the mythology of the Norse. I’m not particularly conversant with this site. Where are the other comments? I went to Dictionary.com, hit the window about Tiw and there were 70 or so comments different from these.

  46. Wurrukatte -  May 5, 2011 - 12:51 pm

    Sunday = Sun(‘s) Day
    Monday = Moon(‘s) Day
    Tuesday = Tiw’s Day
    Wednesday = Woden’s Day(might be more familiar as Norse Odin)
    Thursday = Thor’s Day
    Friday = Frigg’s(or Freya’s) Day(it is believed they were the same figure at one point)
    Saturday = Saturn’s Day(named for the planet, which in turn was named for a Roman god)

  47. ms ma -  May 5, 2011 - 12:30 pm

    Well, never.saynevr “omfg, i wanna be JUST LIKE THOR WHIN IM OLDER” maybe if you learn to spell, you might be a little like Thor. But it seems unlikely, given your obvious age.

    Oh and Earl? Read it again. And again. Until you truly understand it.

  48. Clancy -  May 5, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    Shouldn’t Thor come out on Thor’s day?

    hahaha! I mean Thursday.

  49. Nikki -  May 5, 2011 - 12:23 pm

    I know that in the US, where I live now, Sunday is the first day of the week on the calendars, but in Denmark the first day of the week is usually Monday, which adds up with Thursday the being the fourth day.
    In Danish Wednesday is called “Onsdag” and I believe this means Odin’s day. I know that Thursday is Thor’s day and I think Tuesday – in Danish “Tirsdag” – is Tyr’s dag. Tyr, as far as I can remember, is a god with skills and attributes somewhat similar to those of Thor.

  50. Stuart -  May 5, 2011 - 11:55 am

    Hello :) .

    I thank you fore this int’restin’ article.

    I wish to point out one POSSible tiny error: Accordin’ unto Max
    Vasmer’s etymologic dictionary book about Modern Russian language,
    the word {molniya} is cognate to-gether with –not derived from– the Old
    Norse word Mjölnir that is the name of THor’s hammer. BUT this is a quite
    old book –published orig’nally inthe 19?5?0s–; and i’m not at all sure that
    it got updated for the 1976 reprint, when my exemplar of it got produced.
    THere-by, it’s possible that your source’s statement is based on some
    academic discovery that has gotten achieved in the course of the time
    between then and now.

    I own no exemplar of any etymologic dictionary book about
    any stage of Welsh language; and i know that language extremely meag-
    erly. THere-fore, i can’t comment decently concernin’ whether the ad-
    duced Welsh word be derived from or cognate to-gether with this Old
    Norse tool-name. But i wonder whether a tiny bit more examination of the
    nature of that word’s relationship to-gether with this Old Norse word
    be sensible.

    I thank you once more fore this int’restin’ article.



  51. A.D.W. -  May 5, 2011 - 11:40 am

    this is cool!!!!!
    what do you think about this?

  52. A.D.W. -  May 5, 2011 - 11:39 am

    this is cool

  53. all hail thor -  May 5, 2011 - 11:27 am

    i think that people should lear more about this kind of stuff (like greek myths) because greek is and always will be AWESOME to me because it is so cool.

    ROMAN AND GREEK are quote the same

    did you know that Aphrodite is the oldest of the greek gods?
    true i learned that from THE lost hero book one i recommend it if you like greek stuff!

  54. all hail thor -  May 5, 2011 - 11:26 am

    i think that people should lear more about this kind of stuff (like greek myths) because greek is and always will be AWESOME to me because it is so kwol.

    ROMAN AND GREEK are quote the same

    did you know that Aphrodite is the oldest of the greek gods?
    true i learned that from THE lost hero book one i recommend it if you like greek stuff!

  55. barles -  May 5, 2011 - 10:11 am

    “Tordön” is an old norse word, which hasn’t been spoken for hundreds of years. “Åska” is the normal swedish word for thunder.

  56. TRUTH -  May 5, 2011 - 10:08 am

    This goes to show you how embedded Religion, False religion has been, is and continues to be in human society.
    Interestingly the Bible talks about wicked spirits (demons, angels who in Noah’s day rebelled against The Only True God John 17:3, they were kicked out of Heavens to the earth along with the Devil,according to Revelation 12:12) involvement in human affairs. They will soon be out of commission during Harmaggedon.

  57. MOOT -  May 5, 2011 - 9:02 am

    Damn! I thought it was Thirsty.

  58. de buggy -  May 5, 2011 - 8:57 am


  59. Jack Cervantes -  May 5, 2011 - 8:39 am

    Let’s not forget Iarngreiper and Megingjord! His Iron gauntlets and Power belt that allows him to lift Mjolnir! Awesome.

  60. wallpostr -  May 5, 2011 - 8:25 am

    Oh and Wednesday is named after Woden !

  61. wallpostr -  May 5, 2011 - 8:21 am

    Happy thorsday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. JJ Rousseau -  May 5, 2011 - 8:02 am

    Oui! Cinco de Mayo! Dey beat us. oops.

  63. JfromI -  May 5, 2011 - 7:58 am

    This is very interesting. Roman and Greek mythology is always interesting, and it’s nice to hear about Swedish words since they’re so different from English words.

    We don’t get nearly enough cultural exposure in the United States.

    Thanks for posting this!

  64. Adam -  May 5, 2011 - 7:57 am

    “Interesting that on a spelling/word site, there would be a spelling error. The word should be spelled “resurrect” not ressurect as spelled in the article above. Don’t you have “spell check”?”

    No they don’t – because they looked for sppel check and found nothing so decided to release the writing without a check.

  65. kendy -  May 5, 2011 - 7:56 am

    i found this very very interesting, yhu should keep in posting more and more of this good information

  66. Joe McVeigh -  May 5, 2011 - 7:49 am

    Not to nitpick, but Finnish isn’t a Germanic language. It’s a member of the Uralic family of languages. It is influenced by Germanic languages, however. Torstai is the word for Thursday and keskiviikko is the word for Wednesday (literally “mid week”). Both most likely come from Germanic languages.

    Nice post. All hail mighty Thor!

  67. Earl -  May 5, 2011 - 7:42 am

    Thor is a goddess??? How did that happen?

  68. thugangel -  May 5, 2011 - 7:42 am

    man this is sick how did u learn this

  69. G. R. -  May 5, 2011 - 7:39 am

    I remember reading about Thor in the Dungeons and Dragons’s book- Deities and Demigods, Thor was definately above demi(the weakest gods) and even Lesser god status. No other being could wield his hammer. He was one of the Greatest gods. I can’t wait to see the movie, I know he will kick …!

  70. CJM -  May 5, 2011 - 7:33 am

    I wonder if you meant “Hercules’ brawn” instead of “Hercules’ bronze.” Pretty big mistake to make on a Dictionary Website…

  71. R-ManMoney -  May 5, 2011 - 7:13 am

    Actually – it can be found in NYC tonight as viking metallers AMON AMARTH take the stage! Check out their album Twilight of the Thunder God or Surtur Rising!

  72. Preston -  May 5, 2011 - 7:12 am

    Why would you stick your hand in a giant wolf’s mouth? Poor Tiw they should make a movie about that.

  73. Preston -  May 5, 2011 - 7:10 am

    Interesting indeed has anyone ever read the poem Thor’s wedding day? It’s about Thor tricking the giants by disguising himself as a woman, however his drinking problem gets in the way.

  74. theastnewyorker -  May 5, 2011 - 7:03 am

    Finnish is not a Germanic language it is a Fenno-Urgic and Uralic language.

  75. Rickedy Rick -  May 5, 2011 - 6:54 am

    This “Thor” type of stuff would never be acceptable in the office environment.

    This goes directly against the corporate policies and procedure manual.

  76. Fukuda -  May 5, 2011 - 6:34 am

    > “Romance languages (those based on Latin) all originate from Jupiter”

    Portuguese and Galician are the main exception. In Portuguese, Thursday is called “quinta-feira”, meaning the “fifth feria”. Feria is the Latin word for a weekday, as adopted in the Catholic liturgy.

  77. Kurosaki -  May 5, 2011 - 6:34 am

    now i know.so that’s whay my friends always talk about it

  78. Chris -  May 5, 2011 - 6:31 am

    Curious about Thursday being described as the 4th day of the week. Isn’t it the 5th day? Calendars typically show Sunday as the first day and Saturday is the Jewish sabbath… “on the seventh day He rested.”

  79. Darna -  May 5, 2011 - 6:27 am

    This post reminded me of Norse mythology on how similar they are with Christianity(i think) that when ragnarok will come, a god will be resurrected and end the ragnarok. I need to research more… sites are block in our office except for this.

  80. Rampaw -  May 5, 2011 - 6:21 am

    You said that in the Roman calendar the fourth day was named for Jupiter. Thursday is the fifth day of the week. A word of explanation might be appropriate.

  81. Herschal -  May 5, 2011 - 6:21 am

    Great, very interesting. Have found stories on Tuesday and Friday. Have you done the other days?

  82. ogo -  May 5, 2011 - 6:21 am


  83. Wesley -  May 5, 2011 - 6:14 am

    I love greek mythology, it makes sense when gods and goddess name after important events and the true meaning of the event.

  84. bryan...... -  May 5, 2011 - 6:02 am

    Finding this very fun &ExCiTiNg!!!I’m Going MaD!!!

  85. Hannah -  May 5, 2011 - 5:02 am

    I found this very interesting, thanks for posting :)

  86. Mb -  May 5, 2011 - 3:54 am

    Interesting that on a spelling/word site, there would be a spelling error. The word should be spelled “resurrect” not ressurect as spelled in the article above. Don’t you have “spell check”? :)

  87. Someone from Sweden -  May 5, 2011 - 3:32 am

    The Swedish word for thunder is not tordön. It’s the first time I even hear it. I can see how we might have once used that word, given your “Thor’s din” explanation, but the word we use now, and have been using for as long as I’ve lived my 26 year old life, is åska. So please don’t make anyone think they should say tordön ’cause 99 out of 100 people here will have no idea what that’s supposed to mean :P

  88. Aarti Bhatia -  May 5, 2011 - 2:22 am

    Wonderful!! Now, with this article, I came to know about the actual reason behind Thursday. Thanks. It is really much appreciated.

  89. Melody -  May 5, 2011 - 1:38 am

    PS. I was first! :)

  90. Melody -  May 5, 2011 - 1:38 am

    Nice post, Hot Word. Quite interesting. Except I knew it already. You posted it in the one about Tuesday’s history, didn’t you? That was named after Tiw, right? Great! I loved this post! It’s got so much info! Thanks!

  91. Chuck -  May 5, 2011 - 12:47 am

    Thor, a very nice movie!

  92. Jared -  May 4, 2011 - 11:50 pm


  93. never.saynevr -  May 4, 2011 - 11:45 pm

    omfg, i wanna be JUST LIKE THOR WHIN IM OLDER!

  94. Royce -  May 4, 2011 - 11:10 pm



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