Tork Angegh

Monument to Tork Angegh in Yerevan, Armenia. Sculptor: Karlen Nurinjanyan.

Tork Angegh (Armenian: Տորք Անգեղ) was an ancient Armenian masculine deity of strength, courage, of manufacturing and the arts, also called Torq and Durq/Turq. A creature of unnatural strength and power, Tork was considered one of Hayk's great-grandsons and reportedly represented as an unattractive male figure.[1] He is mentioned by Armenian 4th Century historian Movses Khorenatsi and considered one of the significant deities of the Armenian pantheon prior to the time when it came under influence by Iranian and Hellenic religion and mythology. Taken in the context of Proto-Indo-European religions, it is conceivable that an etymological connection with Norse god Thor/Tyr is more than a simple coincidence.

An analogy is frequently made with the Middle-Eastern god Nergal, also represented as an unattractive male.


  1. Hacikyan, Agop Jack; Gabriel Basmajian; Edward S. Franchuk; Nourhan Ouzounian (2005). The Heritage of Armenian Literature: From the eighteenth century to modern times. Wayne State University Press. p. 385. ISBN 0-8143-3221-8.

2. "Hay Joghovrdi Patmutyun", H.G. Jamgocian, 1975

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