Are bhai. You don't need to kill the wolves at all. You can directly reach Cleric Beast.
Farm for health in the town and run straight through.
A shortcut also is there which will bring you after the Wolves.
I don't think its Thor now. My guess is its either Heimdal or Tyr.
Best Analysis yet. No Story Spoilers.
Everyone is basically asking the same question, is there any other weapon than Axe. Surely has to be with the Skill Tree and all.