Ancient Armenian God or minor deity of strength, courage and of arts. He was of unnatural strength and power but was kind and artistic.
The late antiquity historian and author of “The History of Armenia” Movses Khorenatsi writes that Tork Angegh was Haik’s great grandson
Tork Angegh is described as being a very unattractive male figure. Gegh meaning beautiful and Angegh meaning anti/un beautiful. Khorenatsi writes that Angegh was a giant of extraordinary strength, who could hurl boulders across the seas, flatten the surfaces of rocks, and draw pictures on them with his fingernails. Venerated mainly in the province of Angegh, in south-western Armenia. Movses Khorenatsi also states that he was a prince of that province, hence the references in Armenian history to Angegha tun (the House of Angegh) Angegh was one of the significant deities of the Armenian Pantheon prior to the Hellenic and Iranian influence.
There is an ancient story about Tork Angegh that reads:
Tork Angegh was so strong he could crush entire rock formation and tear them off the ground with his bare hands. Unfortunately, he was not very handsome: he had rough facial features, a flattened nose, and sunken eyes. Could there ever be a woman who would want to become his wife?
The goddess Astghik* appeared to him in a dream and told him to follow the sun and he would find his intended – the beautiful Haykanush – next to a cold spring under a cliff. Tork woke up and did everything that Astghik had told him to do: he found the cliff, broke the iron door and sat down on top of it. Then a beautiful maiden appeared in front of him.
“Did you break my door, you giant oaf?” asked the girl.
“I’ll fix it,” answered the embarrassed hero, his rugged features going red.
“If you came to woo me, you have to capture twenty giants for me first. That way you will show me your respect and then you could take me with you,” she said.
Tork went to find some warriors in the country of giants. When he got there, they were delighted to see him and welcomed him with great fanfare as an important guest. Before going to sleep, Tork Angegh thought to himself, “How can I fight these people?” In the morning, he honestly described his predicament to his new friends. The patriarch of the tribe of giants suggested they go see Haykanush peacefully and ask the stubborn girl for her hand.
And so the giants went to see Haykanush with joy and laughter, singing and dancing all the way to her house. No matter what the stubborn girl did, she could not postpone the wedding – after all, the groom and the wedding guests were there already and they had brought everything necessary with them: songs, flowers and smiles. And most importantly, they proved to her that the most precious thing on earth is not one’s looks, but a good soul and an open heart.
Many historians relate Tork Angegh in the Proto-Indo-European religions context and believe that there is an etymological connection with the Norse god Thor/Tyr because of the many connections and similarities.
Others make similarities with the Akkadian/Assyrian Nergal who also was an unnatractive male deity.