Denmark, Carlsberg District : A Dominant Thor’s Battle Against The Jötunns – Sweden, Södermalm District In Stockholm : Tors Fiske

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Not the places where in modernity you could think to find a God inside some battles…

Authored by Carl Johan Bonnesen via Thor’s Battle Against The Jötunns Sculpture

Carl Johan Bonnesen (1868-1933) was a Danish sculptor known for his remarkable works of art. One of his most famous works is the sculpture “Thor’s battle against the Jötunns,” which stands on the roof of the Ny Carlsberg Brewhouse in Copenhagen, Denmark. In this article, we will explore the history of the Ny Carlsberg Brewhouse and the significance of Bonnesen’s sculpture.


The Ny Carlsberg Brewhouse is an historic building located in the Carlsberg district of Copenhagen, Denmark. It was built by Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg brewery, in 1901. The building is designed in the Historicist style, which is characterized by its use of historical architectural elements from different periods.


The main source of inspiration for the building’s design comes from Italian Renaissance architecture. The building’s facade, with its balcony, is inspired by Palazzo Bevilacqua in Verona,

palazzo bevilacqua

o Palazzo Canossa

palazzo canossa

On the roof of the Ny Carlsberg Brewhouse stands Carl Johan Bonnesen’s large group sculpture “Thor’s battle against the Jötunns”.

The sculpture depicts the Norse god Thor engaged in a fierce battle against the Jötunns, a race of giants in Norse mythology.

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The Norse god Thor engaged in a fierce battle against the Jötunns

The sculpture was originally a fountain, but it was later converted into a group of figures standing on a pedestal.

The figures are made of bronze and are arranged in a circular formation. Thor is depicted in the center of the group, wielding his hammer Mjölnir, while the Jötunns are shown in various poses of defeat around him.

The sculpture is a masterpiece of Danish art and is considered one of Bonnesen’s greatest works.

It is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Denmark and its connection to Norse mythology.

mariatorget södermalm

Mariatorget, located in the district of Södermalm in Stockholm, Sweden, is a square and a city park that was constructed at the end of the 1760s.

Its original name was Adolf Fredriks Torg, after King Adolphus Frederick, who reigned from 1751 to 1771.

However, in 1959, it was renamed Mariatorget to avoid confusion with the church and parish of Adolf Fredrikskyrkan in Norrmalm. The modern name alludes to the nearby Maria Magdalena Kyrka (Church of Mary Magdalene) and the surrounding parish.


The square faces the street of Hornsgatan to the north and the street of S:t Paulsgatan to the south. The street Swedenborgsgatan, named after Emanuel Swedenborg, starts there and continues southwards. In the northeast part of the square is a bust in bronze from 1973 depicting Emanuel Swedenborg by Gustav Nordahl (1903-1992).

serpent jörmungandr

The central fountain is crowned by a sculpture by Anders Henrik Wissler (1869-1941) called Tors fiske (Thor’s fish), depicting the Norse god Thor slaying the sea serpent Jörmungandr.


A small Methodist church, St. Paulskyrkan, faces the southwest corner of the square. It houses the oldest Methodist congregation in Sweden and was inaugurated in 1876.

The altar painting by Wilhelm Gernandt was added when the altar section was rebuilt in 1894.


The area surrounding the park offers quite a number of cafés and bars. The Rival hotel and bar, which until recently was a cinema theatre, is partly owned by former ABBA star Benny Andersson.


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