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9. Whenever he goes out in his goat chariot
Believe it or not, this aspect of Thor’s life is actually drawn straight out of Norse mythology. Rather, they’re drawn from the best source we have for Old Norse myths, the 13th-century Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, compiled by Snorri Sturluson. Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr, the two goats in questions, pull Thor’s chariot. In the actual myths, this is how he gets around, rather than on a flying Mjolnir.
In the Prose Edda, Sturluson relates how Thor can actually eat his goats each night and, if he keeps the skins and bones, is able to resurrect them by the next morning. At one point, while visiting a peasant family, one of the bones is broken. The next morning, one of Thor’s goats is lame in a rear leg. Thor flies into a rage, but eventually calms down and takes two of the family’s children as servants in exchange.
Luckily, comics Thor isn’t quite so extreme. Still, he does occasionally use Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr (also called Toothgrinder and Toothgnasher) to get around. The goats themselves are also pretty useful. They helped Throg, the previously mentioned Frog of Thunder, gain his powers by breaking off a sliver of Mjolnir. They’ve also alerted Asgardians to danger and guarded children during battle.
Plus, they help Thor look cool in the strangest way whenever he rolls out in his goat chariot.