Tyr 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
    Posted April 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    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
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    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
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    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
      Posted November 15, 2014 at 2:30 am | Permalink

      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
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    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
      Posted September 11, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

      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
      Posted January 11, 2014 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      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
        Posted January 19, 2014 at 1:06 am | Permalink

        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.

    • Nick
      Posted December 24, 2014 at 2:03 am | Permalink

      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
    Posted November 15, 2014 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    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. tyrsrune
    Posted December 10, 2011 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    Also from NZ but of Euro origin. As one who identifies strongly with Tyr on a very personal level, but not necessarily through my bloodlines, it seems to me that any character you have is solely your own. The gods themselves do not influence it, but call to something that was and is already in you independently of them. Should you feel a link it will not be due to the name, but be from within you to Tyr directly. You could be called Bob or Rangi and that would still be the case.

  7. John S
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Leonard I do think it’s possible that your last name could reference Tyr, The Norse did have a few settlements in East Prussia in the 11th – 12th centuries AD.

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