son of odin and fjorgyn (earth), thor is the god of thunder and one of the most powerful in the norse pantheon. while his father championed the noble class, thor was the patron of the farming freemen who composed the majority of the viking population. consequently, he was the most loved and respected of the gods. thor also represented order, and men invoked him in the name of law and stability. his main weapon is the hammer, mjollnir, which he often used to fight against the jotuns, who symbolized nature’s chaos.