Was he really a marvelous kind of avenger sort? Or something else?
There really is no Norse equivalent to the Greek and Roman god Apollo, who was chiefly associated with the sun, music, agriculture, youth, athletics and even prophecy. Indeed, there is no god in any world myth the equal to Apollo (Apollyon, in Greek).
As for other Greco-Norse equivalents, the trail grows even dimmer, but it’s certainly nothing to get Thor about.
Thor would be either Zeus or the Roman Jupiter, since he was a thunder god — or perhaps the demigod Hercules, as he also protected humans.
Odin, the Vikings’ Big Daddy, would actually be closer to the Greek god Hermes (the Roman Mercury), since he’s a wanderer, and the god of intellect and civilisation.
POP UP #2: (actually posted last night, but we’re inflicting it upon you yet again, for the late-comers!)
The Roman Ruins at Baalbek actually date back much further than the Greco-Roman world – indeed, they are thought to be from remotest antiquity, dating to before the Flood. Which Biblical character is thought to have built the Foundation platform or pavilion there, with help from the Nephilim giants?
(Hint: Definitely not his brother’s keeper).
Answer next time!