Tanngnjostr and Tanngrisnir

Sunday, 17 January 2021

One of the versions of the Scandinavian Yule Goat has long sharp teeth…

Meet Tanngnjostr and Tanngrisnir, the magic goats of Thor…They are the guys that pull his chariot…

Have you ever thought why a thunder god would travel in a chariot pulled by goats? I did…I puzzled and puzzled until my puzzler was sore…Then I presented the result of my puzzling 🙂 in my post „Goat riding thunder gods„…

Now as you can imagine, Thor’s goat were not ordinary goats…No god would ride on a chariot pulled by ordinary goats…

First, they have teeth like carnivores and they eat raw meat…

Also they are immortal. As described in this story:

Once Thor travelled together with Loki. When evening came, they sought cover in a farmhouse. Thor then killed his goats with his hammer, Mjolnir, and skinned them, roasted them and everyone ate the meat…

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! Thor got really angry, and Thialfi had to admit what he had done. As punishment Thialfi had to come with Thor as a servant…

And this is why one of Thor’s goats is lame…

Sounds familiar? The goat that gets killed and then resurrects? I talked about the goats that get killed and then get resurrected during European winter rituals in my article „Krampus„…

The goats whose death and resurrection symbolizes the end of winter and the beginning of spring…The death of winter earth and birth of spring earth. Otherwise known as resurrection of nature… 

But what about the goats with teeth? What’s that about? Well there is a very strange fairy tale found in Serbia, Germany and Italy…It’s about a goat…A very annoying goat. 

 

read more: http://oldeuropeanculture.blogspot.com/2021/01/tanngnjostr-and-tanngrisnir.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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