Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder is still months away from release, but there are already morsels of details out there that will whet the appetite of fans. For instance, Valkyrie’s (Tessa Thompson) new costume, Jane Foster’s (Natalie Portman) new armour, and The Goat Boat LEGO set.
That last one sounds like a meme, but it is an actual part of Thor lore with a history that stretches all the way back to the superhero’s Norse mythology roots.
The goats are named Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr, which literally translates to “teeth-barer” and “teeth-grinder” respectively. They are goats that pull Thor’s chariot, so despite the LEGO set looking like a mutated form of Santa Claus’ sleigh, it’s actually quite accurate as far as the mythology is concerned.
The two goats also have history in Marvel comics, first appearing in September 1976 in Thor Annual Vol. 1 #5. Named Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder, they hold the same role in the comics as they did in the original myth. They have also made an appearance in the animated series, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Season 2 Episode 8.
With names like that, it’s clear that the goats are superpowered beings. They can be used as an infinite food source, because they can be revived even after being made into cuisine and eaten. They are also strong enough to damage Mjolnir, and are able to run and fly at high speed. As they cross realms, lightning shoots out of their hooves. The goats have made frequent appearances in the comics since, and are a core part of Thor’s lore.
Looks like it’s finally time for these legendary goats to make their first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in live-action when Thor: Love and Thunder arrives in theatres on 8 July 2022.