Is Thor Immortal: Thor’s Age & Mortality

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Despite Thor's longevity, strength, and unchanging appearance, Thor is not immortal. He will meet his end at Ragnarok, the end of the world predicted in Norse mythology. Before the end of the world, he and his archenemy Jormungandr will kill each other.

Who is Thor?

Thor is one of the many gods in Norse mythology and is perhaps the most well-known.

As the son of Odin, the ruler of the Æsir gods, he lives in the world of Asgard with the other Æsir gods and goddesses.

Often depicted with his mighty hammer, Mjölnir, Thor is known as the god of thunder.

How old is the real Thor in Norse mythology?

It is said that even though Thor is 1500 years old, he is comparatively young for an Asgardian; his age is equivalent to about 22 years in human years. 

He is older than a young adult but much younger than a middle-aged individual.

Can Thor die?

Despite Thor’s power and strength, he is not strictly immortal as other mythological gods. Aside from his vulnerability to aging, he is also likely to be killed in battle.

To prevent aging, he must consume special golden apples kept by the goddess Idunn. The apples of Idun keep him young, but if he stops eating them, he continues to age.

In the events of Ragnarök, which lead to the destruction of the cosmos, Thor battles his long-time enemy Jörmungandr, the Midgard Serpent.

Ultimately, Thor kills the serpent, but because of the poisonous venom he has absorbed from his enemy, he also dies.

Who killed Thor in mythology?

There are very few Norse gods who survive Ragnarök. Thor himself falls in the fight against Loki’s child, the World-Serpent.

Although he successfully slays the beast, he is fatally poisoned in the process and only manages to make it nine steps before dying.

Thor’s age, as depicted in marvel movies and Comics

A typical Asgardian can live approximately to the old age of 5,000 years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so Thor could have, in theory, lived this long. According to MCU (Marvel Comics), Thor Is Expected To Live As long as any Asgardian.

Thor appears in many comic book film adaptations as a strong young man in his late twenties and thirties, circa 1500 years old in Asgardian (including in Infinity War, The Avengers, Thor: Love and Thunder, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther, Hulk, The Mighty Thor, and many others).


Ana has always been interested in all things Norse mythology, Vikings and tales of ancient Germanic myths. An avid reader of books on Norse mythology, she also enjoys watching movies and TV shows based on Viking culture, and she secretly watched every Norse god-inspired MCU production as well!

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