TyrTyr is the ancient god of War and the Lawgiver of the gods. The bravest of the gods, it is Tyr who makes the binding of Fenrir (Myth 7) possible by sacrificing his right hand. At one time he was the leader of the Norse Pantheon, but was supplanted by Odin much later.

Tyr also seems to be a god of justice. His name is derived from Tiw or Tiwaz an Tacticus and other Roman writers have equated this character to Mars, the receiver of human sacrifice. His day is Tuesday.

Tyr was the son of Odin though in Myth 17 he is made out to be the son of the giant Hymir. Like Odin, he has many characteristics of the earlier Germanic gods of battle. Parallels in other mythologies along with archaeological discoveries relating to a one-handed god, suggest that this character is very old and was known in Northern Europe somewhere between one and two thousand years before Snorri Sturluson included it in his Prose Edda. Similarities can be found in the one-handed Naudu in Irish mythology and in Mitra, just god of the day, of Indian mythology.






  1. constantinus

    Tyr was the head of the Germanic pantone and friend the grate wolf while it was a puppy so tyr was also the most trusted of the gods and he had to not only sacrifice his othing hand but a friend as well.
    May thought and memory tell of a grate day

  2. e rockmen

    I THINK TY’R IS THE BEST GOD BECAUSE the sacrificed his right hand to fenrir. he is god of justice, lawgiver,and war.

  3. Ryan

    My ancestors come from Norway and i am really into my home countrys pride tyr is my favorite god by far he is the bravest and most fearless god which i think gives him a lot of respect and can make people want to be just as fearless

    • Andraste

      Ryan, since Teutates is a gallic/gaulish god who is equated wth Tyr..
      and Aesus stated as a avatr/ another version of teutates… Could aesus also be equated with Tyr?
      I’m thinking of Tyr as a Sky God….not as a god fo wajustice, law& war…

  4. Matthew

    A little off the subject, but something I’ve been struggling with: I was raised Lutheran, but as far back as I can recall, I have felt like there was more, or something was missing from the Christian religion. My father’s family is northern German and my mother’s side is Swedish – I can feel in my heart the love and affinity for the Scandinavian people and their gods. I knew what it was before I could even express it, but a part of me feels like a traitor to the religion I was raised in. At the same time, I feel my blood’s religion is that of my ancestors. Does anyone else struggle with this?

    Sometimes I wonder if Odin, Thor, Freya, Tiu and the pantheon of my ancestor’s gods are what the early Christians describe as angels or the lesser gods. No answers here, but its been gnawing at me for years.

    • Susan

      Hi Matthew,

      Many of my friends who grew up Christian struggle at some time or another with these kind of feelings. Be true to who you are and the god/s you feel aliegned to. You can’t go far wrong. Never let anybody force you into a belief system, be it Heathenism or Christianity, that is wrong for you. Spitituallity is more inportant than religion anyway. X

    • Ted

      A lot of us struggle with that. Our options have been limited, long before we were born. A thousand years ago after King Olaf converted to Christianity, he put to the sword anyone who stayed loyal to the old gods. Over the next seven hundred years, the rest of us got the message too, as followers of minority religions (Jews, Cathars, witches) were burned alive or otherwise executed horribly. They don’t need to do that much anymore because there’s so few of us left, so Christians can afford to be magnanimous and say “That was then, now we’re nicer”
      It would be a lot easier to be a pagan today if in every downtown there was a Temple of Diana and a Great Hall of Odin, with big parking lots, child care, Pagan Singles study groups, and church suppers with mead and roast venison!

      • Jon

        Would just like to point out that Christianity were hunted from the very first moment they rallied to jesus Christ’s resurrection. Saul hunted them down personally and slaughtered many until he converted and became Paul. Rome, Nero had Christians captured to be fed to lions and used as torches to light his walk ways in his bath house. Major flaw was that all bibles and lessons in the catholic church were in latin, majority of people didn’t know latin…. so the pope and priests could do and say whatever they wanted. There is a reason the reformation happened to get back on the right track. I would say its easier to be pagan then be a Christian in these days. Majority of countries around the world Christians are being pulled out of their homes and being beheaded. Thankfully in the USA we don’t have that yet, but a majority of people don’t like Christians and even hate. as it was prophesied.

        • Ragnar Lodbrok

          Ever since the Christians came along and proclaimed their one true God there has been killing in his name! Why wouldn’t they be hated? I grew up in a Christian home, but I never bought into their “one true God” crap! Frankly speaking I have never met a single Christian who wasn’t a bigoted hypocrite so pardon me if I don’t feel sorry for any of them! Our Gods were subjugated to being mere myths because the Christians wanted to rule the world and would kill anyone who didn’t believe in their religion! Anyone who is different in any way was beaten into conversion and murdered at sword point if they wouldn’t! Christians need to take a look at their true history before claiming their supposed loving God leads them! Why did their loving God allow them to murder innocent people in the name of their fake savior??? In my opinion the only good Christian is a dead one! I’m Norse through and through and I am faithful to my Gods who have given me the strength to make it through a great deal of adversity and come out unscathed on the other side! If my opinion offends I apologize for the offence, but not for feeling the way I do! Hail the All-Father!!! Hail to the Gods of my ancestors!!!

    • Nick

      The Norse peoples actually incorporated their pagan religion into Christianity by claiming that Ragnarok had already happened, that the Norse gods were dead and Yahweh is the new god.

  5. Andraste

    SInce teutates is the Gaulish equivalent of Tyr…
    ( in his sky god,, father of the gods( original ) & war attributes)..
    And Aesus began as a another version of Teutates…
    Could Aesus be compared to Tyr in some way?

  6. Loki

    To Andraste,
    Esus (Hesus) appears as the “Mars” of a grouping of three Celtic gods, Taranis (holding a lightning bolt), Teutates (being referred to as Mercury) and Esus (having an axe). If put into the Norse format, this might be Thor, Odin and Tyr, by equivalent. Yet, it is Tyr that is tied to Teutates, right?
    More curious is the more Celtic characteristics, despite having an Indo-European name. Nodens (also called Nudd and Nuadha) has most of the same back story, in each of the separate Celtic cultures He features, as Tyr. Loss of the sword hand, loss of the right to rule, has a strong affinity for hounds and is associated with the Mars image. Njordr, Lir and Aegir (also called Hler in some texts; whose brothers were Logi (fire) and Ka’ri (wind)) all have connecting features, though their stories make them separate entities.
    So far, no Tyr, Sky God of War, yet like the Roman Mars, war was not the primary quality, believe it or not. Mars was a protector, yes, but also a farmer’s god, bringing life to the crops and strength to the cattle. He was also the hunter’s god, guiding in finding good prey and avoiding the predators. He would be the modern police-force god, too, married to Nerine, Virtue, and dedicated to bringing hard-earned peace.
    Perhaps, there is a connection. Tyr would have been the sea-farer’s god and the original clan chieftain of the Aesir, bound by the “Old Law”. He might have been an ancestoral Leader archetype, just and wise (just as they called Njordr). Njordr’s marriage to Skadi (the goddess whose name lives on in Scandinavia) and his veneration by fisherman would be a good fit with a deposed King god of the north men.

    • Andraste

      Loki, You’ve brought up some good points..
      I’ve seen something different in the pictures of Taranis than you have..
      you say that he’s holding a lightning bolt in his left hand..
      this looks more like a upside down hammer to me..
      As for the connection between Teeutates & Tyr could be more than just war….
      Teutates also is a Ancestor , Weather,Sky, Communication God
      Also,he is associated with the arts…
      Couldn’t Tyr ( or Tiwaz …as i’m more comfortable with calling him), have a association with these attributes?
      Since,Tyr sacrificed his right hand to Fenrir…..Would Tyr also be a patron god fro anyone who is Left handed?

  7. Jay potts

    Did any of the gods lose their left hand? Curious.

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