Love And Thunder Are The GOAT

In Norse mythology, these two goats of war are named Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr, and in the tales we find out that Thor can eat them every night (eew), and they resurrect themselves the next morning. Even worse? If someone sucks the marrow from the bones while snacking on them, the goats end up lame. I mean, that doesn’t sound great for the goats, but that’s not our version.

Our MCU Thor wouldn’t do that sort of thing, of course. He’s so delighted to see them, no matter how much destruction they cause. His face is like that of a kid getting a pair of puppies. Screaming puppies with very large horns and crazy eyes, but still, his joy is clear. 

These two screaming beasties have a Marvel Comics history as well, with Thor able to summon them to drive his chariot. I don’t remember a run where said chariot had “Cocktails and Dreams” in neon on the wall and a whole lot of touristy commemorative mugs inside, but this is a Taika Waititi film. It just fits.

Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder were created by writer Steve Englehart and artist John Buscema in “Thor Annual #5” (1976), and got an origin for their partnership with Thor in “Journey Into the Mystery #623.” Loki wanted to embarrass Thor by making him think he should have different chariot pullers than everyone else, and Thor shows up with goats! Though we don’t see Loki here, I bet after his recent adventures, he’d really appreciate these guys.

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