Norse Thor's Hammer Plaque
by Maxine Miller
Norse Thor Hammer or Mjolnir Decorative Wall Plaque is highly detailed and beautifully adorned with The Norse God Thor.
Plaque is made of resin and finished in bone color. Indoor use only. Measures 12 x 12 x 1 inch.
This item is truly unique and will surely bring the strength and protection of your ancestors to your home and hearth!
In Norse culture, Mjolnir, Mjollnir, or Mjölner (pronounced myol-neer) is the hammer of Thor, the powerful and vibrant god of thunder, and it is an icon that has been used for centuries in connection with both power and protection.
“Mjolnir” means “lightning,” and symbolized the God’s power over Thunder and Lightning.
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 archaeological examples of Mjölnir amulets have been excavated throughout Scandinavia, generally dating from 800 to 1000 A.D. Buried with both men and women, they take various shapes that range from nearly an arrow shape, to a T-shape, and also a near-cross and were likely used as protective talismans – a practice that was ushered out by the arrival of Christianity. Likewise, stones carved with Thor’s hammer flourished in the same period, eventually giving way to stones with crosses.
Many practitioners of Germanic Neopagan faiths wear Mjolnir pendants as a symbol of that faith worldwide. Outside of Germanic Neopaganism, depictions of Mjolnir are used in Scandinavian logos and iconography, such as the Mjolnir logo of the Bornholm Museum in Denmark and the coat of arms for Tors' Municipality, Sweden. Mjolnir 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.