Mjolnir Thor's Hammer Pendants
This is our collection of Thor's Hammer jewelry, worn by the Vikings as a symbol of protection and allegiance to the Norse gods.
In the Viking world, the hammer was called Mjolnir, and it is the enchanted hammer of Thor, the god of thunder. He was the strongest of the Aesir gods and was charged with protecting both Asgard, the realm of the gods, and Midgard, the world of men, from the threat of the giants. He fights the giants with Mjolnir, making lightning and thunder cracks every time he strikes with his hammer.
Thor's hammer also represented the order and stability that the gods bestowed on the world. As such, it was used to hallow important social events and make them official. The hammer was called on to designate a space as sacred to the gods, and to confer the blessing of the gods on things such as weddings.
More examples of Thor’s hammer jewelry survive in the archaeological record from the Viking age than all other symbols combined, indicating just how popular it was as a symbol in the Viking world.
Mjolnir is also one of the few symbols that continued to be used well into the Christian age. There is evidence of hammer symbols and Christian crosses being forged by the same craftsmen. It is believed that while the Viking world was Christianizing, followers of the old ways wore thor's hammer as a sign of their continued allegiance to the old gods, Thor, Odin, Freyja, and others.
Forging of Mjolnir
Thor's hammer was forged by the dark elves, or dwarves, the master craftsmen in the Norse universe. Loki went to the realm, Svartalheim, of the dwarves to find a golden headpiece of Sif, Thor’s wife after he removed the hair of the goddess as a joke. Thor demanded that he replace the hair with something as beautiful or pay the consequences.
He convinced a group of dwarven craftsmen known as the brothers Ivaldi to make the headpiece for Sig, and also a spear called Gungnir for Odin and a golden boar called Gullinbusti for Freyr.
While waiting, Loki could not help but get in trouble. He met another pair of craftsmen called Brokkr and Sindri and told them about the amazing gifts that the Ivaldi were making for the gods. He expressed his delight in finding the Ivaldi since they were clearly the best craftsmen in Svartalheim. Brokkr and Sindri took offense and commented on their own skill. Loki suggests that they prove it by making three presents of their own for the gods and letting the gods decide which were the best.
Brokkr and Sindri agreed but also suspected Loki of being disingenuous. They said that they would do it, but if they won, they wanted Loki’r head.
The pair made set about to make three treasures of their own for the gods, and Loki set about sabotaging them. He turned himself into a fly and buzzed around the heads of the craftsmen trying to distract them.
First, they made Draupnir, an enchanted gold ring for Odin. Then they made Skidblandir, an enchanted ship for Freyr. Finally, they set about making Mjolnir, a battle hammer finer than any that had previously existed. Loki did finally manage to sabotage the pair while making this final piece, and it came out with an unusually short hammer. Still, the hammer was so fine that the gods considered it the best of all the treasures with which they were presented, despite its defect.
When the dwarven brothers went to claim Loki’s head, he denied them, saying that they could not take his head without his neck, and that is not what they had agreed. The gods instead allowed the dwarves to sew Loki’s mouth shut. But this does not seem to have silenced the trickster for long.
The idea that only Thor, or someone worthy, could lift the hammer is a Marvel invention. The giants would often try and steal Thor’s hammer, as it was considered the most powerful weapon in the universe. It was one such theft that led Thor to dress up as a woman to impersonate the goddess Freyja and retrieve his hammer.
Here you will find pendants, bracelets, rings, and more, all featuring Thor’s mighty hammer. There are classic designs inspired by archaeological finds and modern interpretations using new materials such as paracord. Look around and find your perfect Mjolnir piece!