Holding aloft his hammer Mjollnir, Thor, god of thunder, drives into a horde of Ettins. His chariot is pulled by his two goats, Tanngnjóstr and Tanngrisnir. The power belt Megingjörð doubles his strength.
Evocative of the battle between good and evil, truth and falsehood, Thor’s Fight with the Giants is one of the most important works by the Swedish artist Mårten Eskil Winge. Winge was influenced by the Old Norse sagas while growing up and, under the influence of a national movement to reclaim the Norsemen as heroic ancestors, sought to revive the motifs of Norse history and legends. In 1872 he sold Thor’s Fight with the Giants to King Charles XV, who died the same year and bequeathed it to Sweden’s Nationalmuseum, where visitors queued up for hours to see it.