Norse god of thunder, Thor was the son of Odin, and commanded thestorms and the lightnings. He rode in a chariot drawn by two goats, called Toothgrinder and Toothgnasher, and when the chariot moved its wheels groaned andrumbled like thunder, while sparks struck from the wheels echoed the lightning. Thorpossessed the magical hammer Mjollnir, which had been forged for him by the dwarfBrok, and which would destroy anything it was thrown at, always returning to the handof the caster. It was also used as the symbol for blessing a marriage, the hammer being laid in the bride's lap. Only Thor could wield this sacred weapon, and to do sohe needed to put on his iron gloves.