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Featuring an interlacing stylized dragon with knotwork ornamentation on one side and basketry style hatching on the reverse, this is a truly exquisite Mjöllnir which would be appreciated by any Vikings aficionado, or by anybody with Scandinavian heritage – a real beauty. It’s BIG (4.6cm x 3.3cm) and heavy. It comes with a 60cm platted double leather thong with clasp. We also include a high quality (13cm x 9.5cm) beige cloth gift bag. If you’ve been looking for a superlative Thor’s Hammer pendent in regular metal, then this one won’t disappoint.
Over 1000 of these Mjöllnir amulets have been found across Northern Europe, they were traditionally described as being representations of the Hammer of Thor, but nobody was too sure until the discovery of a 10th century Viking Mjöllnir artifact solved the long-running mystery. The pendants appear to depict hammers, which historians have linked to the Norse god Thor. However, this could not be concluded with certainty as their shapes are not conclusive, and none of them contained inscriptions revealing their identity.
However, another similar pendant was recently (2014) found in Købelev, on the Danish island of Lolland, which is the first one to be discovered with an inscription. The runic text reads “Hmar x is”, which translates to “this is a hammer”. Cast in bronze, and likely plated with silver, tin and gold, the 1,100-year-old pendant shows that Thor’s myth deeply influenced Viking jewellery, and that the traditional interpretation of these amulets was correct.
According to Norse mythology, Thor is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing and fertility. Thor is a prominently mentioned god throughout the recorded history of the Germanic peoples, from the Roman occupation of regions of Germania, to the tribal expansions of the Migration Period, to his high popularity during the Viking Age, when, in the face of the process of the Christianization of Scandinavia, the Mjölnir amulets were worn in defiance and Norse pagan personal names containing the name of the god bear witness to his popularity.
There are possibly better Thor's Hammers out there but you would be paying one hell of a lot more for them. For the cost of this hammer the quality is quite good. I was certainly not disappointed in any way. Good value and a good product for the price. The product was shipped and arrived really quickly which was fantastic. Thank you. Steve G on 24th Dec 2017