299 Thora

This minor planet is named after Thor, the Norse god of lightning and storms. He is a hero, icon of strength, protector of humanity, and wielder of the magic hammer Mjolnir. He is the son of Odin, husband of Sif, and occasional lover of Jarnsaxa. I don't know why the name of this asteroid is a feminized form of Thor; they still did that sometimes for these lower-digit ones.

The symbol is a composition of two common symbols for Thor, often used to invoke his protection: a downward-facing hammer (Mjolnir, as it appeared on pendants), and half of a swastika (it was used neutrally as a symbol of light and lightning.)

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