If you have watched the latest Marvel movie, Thor: Love and Thunder, you might have noticed two new additions to Thor’s team: giant, screaming goats named Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder. But who are these animals, and what is their role in Thor’s mythology and comics? Let’s find out!
The Goats in Norse Mythology
In Norse mythology, Thor’s goats are called Tanngrisnir (meaning “teeth grinder”) and Tanngnjóstr (meaning “teeth thin”). They pull his chariot across the sky, creating thunder with their hooves. They also have a unique ability: Thor can kill and eat them every night and resurrect them the following day with his hammer Mjolnir, as long as their bones are intact. However, if someone breaks their bones or sucks their marrow, the animals will come back lame or deformed.
The Goats in Marvel Comics
Thor’s goats first appeared in Marvel comics in 1976, in Thor Annual #5. Writer Steve Englehart and artist John Buscema created them. They were given the English names Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder, and they served as Thor’s loyal companions and chariot pullers. They also had some adventures, such as fighting against Loki, Hela, and Malekith.
The Goats in Thor: Love and Thunder
In the movie, Thor receives his gift from a planet he saves from invaders. He is overjoyed to have them, even though they cause chaos and destruction wherever they go. They also scream a lot, which adds to the film’s comedy. Goats help Thor travel across the galaxy in his flying boat with a neon sign that says “Cocktails and Dreams.” They also participate in the final battle against Gorr, the God Butcher.
Thor’s goats are more than a joke in Thor: Love and Thunder. They are a part of his rich mythology and comic history. Goats represent his connection to his Viking roots, power over thunder and lightning, and animal love. They also provide hilarious moments and emotional support for the God of Thunder.
What do you think of Thor’s goats? Do you find them funny or annoying? Would you like to see more of them in future movies? Share your thoughts in the comments below!