It’s been an exciting time for fans of gaming’s angry dads. God of War, once a staple of Sony’s first-party exclusives, was recently confirmed to debut on PC in January with its excellent 2018 reboot. Sony’s showcase in September also showed some of the upcoming sequel, God of War: Ragnarok, and coincided with a tweet from art director Raf Grassetti showing its take on the Norse god Thor.
That character art is badass, but sadly, there were some who didn’t know it. At risk of oversimplifying – a risk I’m willing to take because the outcry wasn’t particularly sophisticated – many seemed to take issue with Thor being, essentially, fat. This is not only mean-spirited but incorrect. In the mythology, Thor is the most physically strong of all the gods and loves his ale so much that, in a drinking contest rigged by those cheating Frost Giants, he drank enough of the literal ocean to create the tides. In another tale from the Poetic Edda, while disguised as the goddess Freyja at a wedding reception, he eats entire animals and drinks whole barrels of mead. I guarantee you that Chris Hemsworth’s diet for the MCU is nothing like that.
The ‘authentic’ Thor is basically the legendary prop forward from your local rugby club who once put away twenty pints and headbutted a goat into a coma crossed with champion strongmen like his Icelandic namesake Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. Image-search ‘world’s strongest man‘ and you’ll find many physiques that’ll remind you of the character art below.