Love & Thunder’s Screaming Goats Joke Hides A Disturbing Truth – NBCNEWS

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Warning: This article contains spoilers for Thor: Love & Thunder.

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Thor finally gets his famous goats in Thor: Love & Thunder, but the creature’s amusing companions hide a disturbing truth. Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr are a regular part of Thor lore in Norse mythology and were introduced in the comics in the 1970s with the loosely translated English names Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder. In either case, they are Thor’s faithful companions, pulling his chariot as he embarks on his Viking adventures, as seen in Thor: love and thunder.

After heroically helping to rescue a group at the start of Thor: love and thunderThor got a “gift” of the citizens who came with a strict no-take-backs ruling. Thor is ecstatic about this and awaits his gift in a childlike sense of expectation and wonder. The gift is Thor’s two goats, who are literally led to their new owner, kicking and screaming.


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While Thor is full of positivity about his new very loud gift, the Guardians aren’t so sure. Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder are led aboard the Milano, immediately causing chaos and havoc. Their constant screams are not appreciated by the Guardians and they try to persuade Thor to get rid of them. As an aside, Thor says they could always use them for meat. The goats catch his eye and Thor turns the word”meat” go inside “meeting people,” saying the goats would be a great conversation starter. However, this joke about using the goats as food has dark roots in Norse mythology.

Why Thor: Love & Thunder’s Goat Gag Is So Dark

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In Norse mythology, Thor and his company are known to kill, cook and eat his goats. Worse, after he finishes the goat meat of his faithful companions, he keeps their bones and uses Mjolnir to help the goats grow again the next day. So he repeats the process of killing the goats, eating them, and resuscitating them when he is particularly hungry. In one story, Thor spends the night on a farm owned by some farmers; a family consisting of a mother, father, son and daughter. Thor kills the goats and serves them to the family and tells them that they can eat any part of the goats but not touch the bones. The farmer’s son ignores Thor’s warning and breaks one of the goat’s bones to suck out the marrow. The next morning, Thor uses Mjolnir to bring the goats back to life, but discovers that one is now missing. The goat was then lame for the rest of its life.

That’s why Thor’s joke is in love and thunder is actually a rather obscure reference to a frequent practice of the thunder god in his mythological stories. It’s already been established that MCU Thor is very different from its source material, and much tamer. Still, Taika Waititi, the director of the film, has been known to re-enact some dark events in history or legend, even playing Adolf Hitler in Jojo Rabbit. So into this disposable joke Thor: Love & Thunder is a very Taika way of bringing out some more brutal aspects of the Norse myth, while also playing it for humor.

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