And this week the blog is being taken over with all things Tyr. First up:
Tyr (Tiwaz): The Facts
- Tyr – pronounced like the English word “tear” – was a Norse war god
- Tyr is generally portrayed as having only one hand. The legend goes that he lost his other hand to the wolf Fenrir as the gods attempted to bind Fenrir. As the gods endeavoured to bind Fenrir for their own safety, the wolf refused to allow the suspiciously innocent-looking cord to be placed around him unless one of the gods put their hand in his mouth as a pledge of good faith. Only Tyr was brave and honourable enough to comply with the beast’s request, and, when Fenrir found himself unable to break free of his fetters, he accordingly bit off the god’s hand.
- Tyr was often appealed to not only in matters of war but also in matters involving law, justice, honour, oaths, and upholding traditional sources of authority. Tyr is often portrayed as willing to take mead, meat and blood for sacrifice.
- In Proto-Germanic language Tyr is often called Tiwaz.
- The origin of Tyr’s name is from the generic noun meaning simply ‘god’ and can therefore be found in many scholarly texts that do not specifically relate to Tyr. His name has led to speculation that he was considered the father of the gods.
- As the god of war, it was often thought that if a warrior carved the rune Tîwaz on his weapon he would be dedicating it to Tyr and thus strengthen the outcome of a battle to be in his favour.
- Tyr is often identified with Mars.
And that’s your facts on Tyr for today – tune in tomorrow to check out his visage in Tyr: The Depictions, and don’t forget you can tweet us @jofletcherbooks to join in the Aera discussions, and for competitions.