History of Mjölnir – VikingStyle
History of Mjölnir

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History of Mjölnir

A brief history of Thor's hammer.

In Norse mythology 'Mjölnir' was the name given to the hammer which was wielded by Thor, the god of thunder. It was said to have been made by two dwarven brothers; Elitri and Brokkr. The hammer is often depicted in Norse tales as being the most powerful and fearsome weapon in existence, capable of destroying entire mountains.

Over 50 different Mjölnir pendants have been found at Viking graves in Scandinavia and England, most are estimated to have been used from the 9th century to the 11th century. It was thought that they became particuarly popular when Christianity was spreading throughout northern Europe, and people would wear them as a sign of defiance against the newly converted Christians.