Thor has two goats who pull his cart–Tooth-gnasher and Tooth-grinder. You can eat them, and as long as you put their bones and hide back in a pile, complete, Thor can make them whole again. Other than that, I assume that they’re ordinary goats.
But I’ve been watching Mack’s goats with an eye towards Thor, wondering what it was about goats, of all creatures, that would lend them to being associated with Thor.
Frankly, I haven’t yet figured it out. But I’m having a good time watching the goats. One thing I noticed about them is that they have a surprising amount of dexterity in their hooves. I guess it’s the cloven thing going on, but when they’re trying to stand on something they’re unsure about, you can see their hooves wiggling in interesting ways to find purchase. And they seem to take great joy in climbing up on things, even if it’s just a pile of wood.
It’s interesting to watch them with the horses, because, at one level, they seem to get that the horses are herd animals and they are herd animals and so, as such, they might herd together. On the other hand, they seem tentative, unsure if they’ll be accepted by the horses, who seem convinced that running off the goats is good fun.
I have yet to figure out how I’m going to smuggle my lone sheep onto the farm. I could get a sheep that resembled a goat and see if Mack noticed. Or I could get a sheep with good wool for spinning and just claim it was a weird looking dog…
I don’t know. We’ll have to see. I’m going to have to learn how to spin first, I suppose.