Painting "Donar-Thor" by the German painter Max Koch (1859 - 1930), painted about 1905.

Discovery of Hammer of Thor artifact solved mystery of Viking amulets


The discovery of a 10 th century Viking artifact resembling the Hammer of Thor solved a long-running mystery surrounding more than 1,000 ancient amulets found across Northern Europe, according to a report in Discovery News .

The relics, known as the Mjöllnir amulets, 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 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.

The rune-inscribed Mjöllnir amulet

Image: The rune-inscribed Mjöllnir amulet. Credit: National Museum of Denmark

“This is the only hammer-shaped pendant with a runic inscription. And it tells us that (the pendants) in fact depict hammers,” Henrik Schilling, a spokeperson at the National Museum of Denmark, told Discovery News.

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.

Etching by Hugo Hamilton, depicting the Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen Ansgar the preaching Christianity to the ‘heathen’ Swedes. ( Public Domain )

Featuring an interlacing ornament on one side of the hammer head and the short runic inscription on the other, the newly discovered Mjöllnir amulet is believed to have been made by a local craftsmen. Fragments of silver needles and a mould for making pendants indicate that the jewellery was produced in a silversmith’s workshop on Lolland island.

Featured image: Painting "Donar-Thor" by the German painter Max Koch (1859 - 1930), painted about 1905. 

By April Holloway


This theory of mine I admit may be reaching a bit and may label me a kook. None the less here I go.
When I saw the movie Thor, I noticed that when a picture of Muelnur was shown in an old book, it was depicted with the hammer standing upon its Handle with the hammer on top. I thought it odd since one would assume it would be the other way around. Anyone who had ever used a sledge hammer , most of the time , you set
the hammer down with the handle facing up.
I then noticed the swirls decorated up onto the hammer and upon more research found it was quite common for the hammer to me depicted in such a way.
Now here is where I'm going to go out on a limb and theorize that the shape of the ancient amulets were depicting something the people of the age actually saw. When standing the hammer with the handle on the bottom, combined with the swirls convexing on the top, I feel it shows a strong resemblance to an atomic bomb. Mushroom shaped with swirls curling on top.
Able to destroy mountains, to return to Thor so he can send it back to Earth time and time again.
Thanks for listening. But seriously, look at it and tell me it doesn't look at least a little like a mushroom cloud.
May the force be with you

Luc - I find your eagerness to suggest someone is not true of opinion hard to swallow when you suggest they look at another's work, the Oden/Dan connection is closer to the truth than you would seem to understand, all peoples stem from the middle east and not all were arabic/herbrew by race - The Aryan gene the Afrikan Gene - The arabic Gene and the east asian gene are the Four pillars of man. Seek the truth within yourself and look less at the books and workings of others. if you are pure of heart and intent the truth will seek you out you need only focus inward.

Now that is a Fine-Thread you are trying to weave here, there where No Hebrews in Northern Europe .. like ever, the migration was East to West not South-North, at least not on a massive scale.

I recommend looking up Michael Tsarion and his "Irish Origins on Civilization" for a good reference on this subject.

Thor was just a human being. In ancient times, heroes were deified: mini gods. In this case, Thor was a general or maybe minister of war. Oden was another. I chose Oden in this communique because it's really easy understand. We English speaking people have been mispronouncing almost everything in history. Oden would be easier to understand if it were pronounced O'Dan. The Hebrew language mixes and matches all their vowels, and quite often the vowels are eliminated completely. He was a hero who led his Israelite people across NW Europe. Check out central Europe and all the towns and rivers that have dan, don, dn, etc. Eg: Danube, Dneper, Dneister. The Bible said that the tribe of Dan would leave 'signs' where ever they travelled. Cheers.

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i also thought the inscription was kinda funny/ironic too. i kinda feel like the people that would be able to read the inscription would know by looking at the shape of it that it is indeed a hammer.

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