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Tyr (Artwork found on Pininterest, posted by Styy Gens)
Yesterday was Tuesday (Tyr’s Day) and because of that fact it seems fitting to discuss a God whose origins are quite mysterious. Tyr, the one handed God of warriors and justice who embodies the idea of righteousness. We know that he is a war God, a member of the Aesir, once the keeper of Fenrir, and the God to sacrifice his hand to chain that same beast when it grew too large. However, his parentage is something of a mystery; his relationship with Odin, again an enigma; the role he takes as God of war, this is contradicted by Odin who was worshiped for the same thing. How then do these two Gods reconcile their similarities to one another. Simply put, Odin is the God that inspires the qualities which Tyr embodies. Odin is a source, he is the steel; Tyr is the refining process, he is the forge. As for their relationship to one another, Tyr is often described as an equal to Odin and regularly sits in command of Asgard in the wanderer’s stead. Unlike Odin, Tyr always behaves in a noble fashion and obeys the law to its letter. Loki would be Tyr’s ultimate foil while Odin marks a boundary between the two. The Allfather is known to break both law and tradition, learning the woman’s magic for instance was frowned upon and allows Loki’s acts of trickery as many benefit Asgard. Finally, Tyr’s origins are one of two options. Either: Tyr is a Jotun made Aesir, adopted by Odin; or is Odin’s son from an undisclosed mother. As we hear much about Odin’s various spouses and partners it stands to reason Tyr was adopted. This is because it seems sensible we’d know whom Odin partnered with to sire this God. This makes Tyr’s foiling of Loki curious as, if Tyr definitely is an Ice Giant (and not a Rock Giant) he stands in sharp contrast to the native of Muspellheim Loki. Tyr’s rune is the tyr, which is symbolic of the spear and often leads to Tyr being depicted with a spear in his remaining hand. The tyr was also a symbol of justice and right action, which makes it the perfect symbol for those that often worship Tyr to wear.