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Tyr is the most courageous of the gods. He lost his right hand to Fenrir the wolf while the gods bound the son of Loki. Tyr teaches self sacrifice, courage, order and strategy. Anyone needing more strength in these areas should consort with Tyr.
This article is about Tyr, the god. Tyr is also the abbreviation for the amino acid tyrosine.
Tyr (Old Norse: Týr), whose name simply means "God", is the gods|god of warfare and battle in Norse mythology, portrayed as a one-armed man. He was a son of either Odin or Hymir. He also seems to have been called Saxnot (Anglo-Saxon language|Anglo-Saxon Seaxneat), the war-god and son of Wotan/Odin, who was the ancestor of the Saxons. The Goths sacrificed to this one-armed war god by hanging the arms of captured prisoners from the branches of trees.
==Other names== *Ti (Old Swedish) *Tiw or Tiu (Old English) *Tîwaz (Proto-Germanic) *Tivar (Old Norse) *Ty (Old Norwegian) *Tyz (Gothic), Gothic form of Tyr surviving in Vienna cod. 140 http://www.northvegr.org/lore/grimmst/009_03.php *Ziu (Old German)
Tuesday is named for Tyr (in Old English, Tiw or Tiu) in both English and in the Scandinavian languages. The Swedish forest Tiveden may also be named after Tyr.
==Mythology of Tyr==
Scholars believe that he was the original chief god, the Germanic equivalent of the Indo-European gods Zeus in Greek mythology, and Dyaus Pitar in Hinduism, who was later overtaken in popularity and therefore in authority by Odin.
He was known for his courage: at one stage the gods decided to shackle the wolf Fenrisulfr, but the beast broke every chain they put upon him. Eventually they had the dwarfs make them a magical ribbon called Gleipnir from such items as a womans beard and a mountains roots. But Fenrir sensed the gods deceit and refused to be bound with it unless one of them put his hand in the wolfs mouth. Tyr agreed, and the other gods bound the wolf. Fenrir sensed that he had been tricked and bit off the gods hand. Fenrir remained bound until the day of Ragnarok.
During Ragnarok, Tyr is destined to kill and be killed by Garm, the guard dog of Helheim.
The Fountain of Tyr was a trick used by Berserker_(viking)|berserkers in which they would cut off a hand and use the blood from the spurting artery to blind an opponent.