The Excavation of Mjolnir Hammer

Thor isn’t a strange name these days. If anyone show that they don’t know who was Thor, they must have been living on an island for so long. Many believed that the Vikings wore this piece of charm in order to protect themselves. The other didn’t believe a second word. However, the archaeologists managed to discover the historical artifacts of Mjolnir hammer pendant in the grave yard. Continue this piece of writing with the excavation of Mjolnir hammer.

The discovery of the artifacts dating back to the 11th century showed the pendants that very much resembled the Mjolnir hammer. To be specific, it looked like  hammer with a short handle. The archaeologist found their artifacts in Købelev, on the Danish island of Lolland. Though the discovery site is a Viking archaeological hot spot and the pendant resembled a hammer, no official conclusion cam out from the scholars.

But thanks to the runic inscription reading “Hmar x is” which means this is a hammer, everything became clearer. The layer of bronze and silver covered the whole pendant. This 1000-year-old pendant showed how much the Norse mythology had influenced the Vikings.

In the myth, Thor was not only a powerful god but also a generous god in the Norse Pantheon. Thor helped defend gods living in Asgard and the humans in the Midgard. In Norse mythology, Thor gave the humanity with the blessings in their formal ceremonies like weddings, birthdays, or funerals.


When the Vikings encountered the Christianization, they wore the Thor hammer pendant as a way to defend their belief and a way to ward off the outsiders. They named their sons or changed their names with Thor to protect their faith. The excavation of Mjolnir hammer helped us  with concluding the importance of Norse mythology in Viking belief.

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