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Godly reckoning for home intruder

Thor's battle against the giants by Marten Eskil Winge
The Norse believed Thor rode through the heavens during thunderstorms

An intruder received a taste of divine reckoning as he was chased from the Edinburgh flat he was breaking into by a man dressed as the Norse god Thor.

The housebreaker leapt from the first-floor window of the building to escape Torvald Alexander who was dressed-up for a New Year's fancy dress party.

Mr Alexander, 39, said the man may have been intimidated by the costume he made of the god of thunder out of tin foil.

The intruder did not manage to take anything from the flat in Inverleith.

Powerful man

Mr Alexander said the man landed on a pitched roof outside the window which broke his fall, before making his escape.

He left behind his shoes and a pitch fork he used to break into the building.

Mr Alexander, a builder, said he was inspired to dress as Thor by the Marvel comic series.

The Norse believed that Thor rode through the heavens during thunderstorms on his chariot, which was pulled by two goats.

Lightning flashed whenever he threw his hammer Mjollnir, which magically returned to him.

He was usually depicted as a big, powerful man with eyes of lightning and a red beard.

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