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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

God of the Week -- Tyr

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The Norse one-handed God of War, Tyr was in some stories the son of Odin and in other stories the son of the giant Hymir. He seems to be one of the earliest Gods of the Norse Pantheon.

Originally it appears that he was worshipped as the chief sky-god, the god of war and justice. This was in the Germanic lands but in Scandinavia he was replaced by Odin who took many of his duties.

Unlike other Gods of War, Tyr was actually brave. Subsequently he was also considered to be the god of courage and boldness. Tyr sacrificed his hand in an early encounter with Fenrir, an offspring of Loki and the giantess Angerboda. In order to bind Fenrir, the gods pretend to play game with the monster, Tyr placed his hand in the mouth of the giant wolf. However, when Fenrir found that he was been tricked and it was no game at all, he bit off Tyr's hand. Thereafter, Tyr was known as the One-handed As and feeder of the wolf.

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