|This article is about the god in Age of Mythology. For the god in Age of Empires: Mythologies, see Thor (Age of Empires: Mythologies).|
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Exclusive Dwarven Foundry Technologies Edit
Although the Norse are generally considered weak in the economic department, Thor's economic power should not be underestimated. All of his bonuses boost the player's economy, even if not directly.
His most obvious bonus is the ability to build a Dwarven Foundry instead of an Armory. This building costs half as much as a normal Armory and can be built in the Archaic Age. Its technologies are cheaper, can be researched without any Age restrictions and, most impressively, provides a fourth line of technologies that are exclusive to Thor. This has the obvious benefit of making human soldiers stronger almost throughout the game, but can also benefit the player's economy by allowing them to focus less of their population on military and more on economy.
Thor also provides economic bonuses, focusing on dwarves. Thor players start with two dwarves instead of gatherers, and their dwarves are cheaper. Thor's Dwarves gather food as fast as gatherers and wood only slightly slower; this is in addition to their ability to mine gold more quickly. If they start the game mostly mining gold instead of gathering food, it is plausible for a Thor player to build their economy based on Dwarves rather than gatherers. The Dwarven Mine god power can facilitate this strategy, or more generally be used as a safe source of gold. Thor's myth technology, Pig Sticker, improves hunting which can be a useful benefit on some maps.
The thunder god, Thor was the son of Odin and Fjorgyn, the goddess of earth. He was large for a god, immensely strong, and a big eater (a cow could be a single meal). He loved contests of strength and was the main champion of the gods against their enemies, the frost giants. Farmers who appreciated his simple honesty and revulsion of evil worshiped him, rather than Odin, who was more attractive to those with the raiding spirit. Thor’s weapon was a magic war hammer (bolts of lightning) with a huge head and short handle that never missed its target. He wore magic iron gauntlets to handle the white-hot hammer shaft and a belt that doubled his strength.
Thor enjoyed the company of Loki despite the trickster’s penchant for getting them both in trouble. The tales of their adventures are some of the richest in Norse mythology. In the Norse pantheon, Thor was the destroyer of evil. At Ragnarok, Thor was aligned against his friend Loki who had gone over to the side of the evil frost giants. Thor was destined to kill the grim serpent Jormungand, spawn of Loki, but die in the struggle. Anglo-Saxons gave Thor’s name to the fifth day of their week, Thursday.