Tyr, not Thor, is the Norse god of warriors. He is notable for his bravery and willingness to protect warriors. He has a curious relationship with Loki’s wolf-son, Fenrir. Tyr was the only one willing to feed the ferocious wolf as it was growing up.

When the gods decided that Fenrir was too dangerous and had to be bound with the magic ribbon Gleipnir, Tyr agreed to put his hand in the wolf’s mouth to reassure him that the bindings would be taken off. The Aesir reneged on their promise and Fenrir bit off Tyr’s right hand in a rage. Most ancient depictions show him one-handed. According to the Poetic Edda, Tyr is destined to die in Ragnarok while besting Garm, Hel’s guard dog.


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