Tanngnjostr and Tanngrisnir

Tanngnjostr and Tanngrisnir

Now you are standing in front of Thor's formidable goats. They are called Tanngnjostr and Tanngrisnir. It means "those who grind their teeth". And if you have a close look at their heads they look quite ferocious. They have teeth like carnivores and they eat raw meat, so they are indeed quite unusual.

Thor uses the two goats when he travels. The goats pull the chariot so violently that sparks fly from the rims and the wheels thunder.

You can also see that one of the goats has a bad leg and now I will tell you why.

You can also hear the whole story about this in the story cave. It is called "The Journey to Utgard-Loki".

Once Thor travelled together with Loki. They wanted to go troll-hunting. When evening came, they sought cover in a farmhouse. They brought their food with them because Thor simply killed his goats with his hammer, Mjolnir, and skinned them, fried the meat and ate them.

But, he said, nobody must break any of the bones to suck the delicious marrow.

But Thialfi, the farmer's son, broke one of the bones, because the marrow inside the bones tastes by far the best.

Next morning Thor spread the two skins on the ground and laid all the bones on them. Then he swung his hammer, Mjolnir, and the skins and bones moved around until suddenly the two goats stood whole and completely alive again, ready to drive on.

But one of them had a bad leg! Then Thor got angry indeed! And Thialfi had to admit what he had done.

As punishment Thialfi had to come with Thor as a servant. Thialfi also brought his sister, Roskva, along—an arrangement that pleased them both.

And that is the reason one of Thor's goats is lame.

You can play a tune on the chariot—it is the song of the spheres and the rainbow.


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