In Norse mythology, megingjörð refers to Thor’s belt of power and strength. When worn, the belt added to Thor’s strength. Together with his hammer and his iron gloves, Thor’s belt made him a formidable opponent and a force to be reckoned with.
The old Norse name megingjörð can be broken down to mean the following:
- Meging – meaning power or strength
- Jörð – meaning belt
The belt of strength is one of Thor’s three most prized possessions, along with Mjolnir, his mighty hammer, and Járngreipr , his iron gloves that helped him lift and use his hammer. It’s said that when Thor wore his belt, it doubled his already immense strength and power, making him almost invincible.
There’s no information that tells us where Thor received this belt from. Unlike the origin story of his hammer, which has a detailed myth explaining its creation, little is known about megingjörð apart from its purpose and powers. It’s mentioned in the Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson, who writes:
“He (Thor) girded himself with his belt of strength, and his divine strength grew”
Megingjörð has appeared several times in Marvel comics and movies, which has made it popular among Marvel fans.