In Norse culture, Mjolnir, Mjollnir, or Mjölneris the hammer of Thor, the god of thunder.
Distinctively shaped, Mjolnir is depicted as one of the most fearsome weapons in Norse mythology in late Icelandic sources. There, it is used to slay any challengers. Though generally recognized and depicted as a hammer, Mjolnir is sometimes referred to as an axe or club.
Legends surrounding Mjolnir’s origins vary: some relate that the Svartálfar Sindri and Brokkr made it at the command of Loki. In the 13th century Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson gives a summary of Mjolnir’s special qualities in that, with Mjolnir, Thor: “would be able to strike as firmly as he wanted, whatever his aim, and the hammer would never fail, and if he threw it at something, it would never miss and never fly so far from his hand that it would not find its way back, and when he wanted, it would be so small that it could be carried inside his tunic”
Many practitioners of Germanic Neopagan faiths wear Mjöllnir as a symbol of that faith worldwide. Outside of Germanic Neopaganism, depictions of Mjöllnir are used in Scandinavian logos and iconography, such as the Mjöllnir logo of the Bornholm Museum in Denmark and the coat of arms for Torsås Municipality, Sweden. Mjöllnir pendants are popular in general in Scandinavia and can be seen elsewhere in heavy metal (especially Black metal and Viking metal) and “Dark” subcultures, and, to a lesser extent, among Rockers and biker subcultures.
Artist: Maxine Miller