Beanie – Thors Lightning Hammer

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FUN TRIVIA:  Thor is not just from the movies and Avenger comics

Thor is a Norse (Viking) God with a hammer.  Thor’s Hammer’s name is Mjöllnir, (pronounced roughly “MIOL-neer”), literally means lightening.  It is one of the most historically important symbols today.  His hammer was his primary weapon and whenever Thor cast it at an enemy, it returned to his hands like a boomerang.  Most scholars of Celtic and Viking history, trace the name back to an Indo-European root that is attested in the Old Slavic word mlunuji, Russian molnija, and Welsh mellt, all of which mean “lightning.” Yes the Celts and Viking tribes intermingled and were very similar.  The major difference is that Viking Gods are a little harsher due to the harsher weather conditions they lived in.  It may also be related to the Icelandic words mjöll, “new snow,” and mjalli, “white,” the color of lightning and a potential symbol of purity.  Original or true Icelanders are Norse (Viking people) who moved their in 800 AD.

Thor (whose name goes back to a Proto-Germanic root that means “Thunder”.  So here again we can see that both Celts and Vikings saw their Gods in nature’s energies / elements.

There is indication in the ancient texts Ive read, that the hammer symbol was actually used in formal ceremonies to:

  • bless marriages – a clear use for it in marriages is written in the Þrymskviða.  Also, an ancient Bronze Age rock carving from Scandinavia apparently depicts a couple being blessed by a larger figure holding a hammer, which indicates the considerable antiquity of this notion of marriage for fertility as marriages were not with papers for government like today.
  • bless both births and funerals including burial or cremation
  • weapons and feasting,
  • travelling
  • land recieving and blessing
  • and the making of oaths between men. 
  • The medieval Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus records that huge hammers were kept in one of Thor’s temples in Sweden, and that at certain times, people would hold a ritual there that involved beating the hammers against a drum that would resound like thunder. We dont know why, but it could have been a ceremony to bless and protect the community or ward off hostile spirits or both.

When something or someone was consecrated with Thor’s hammer, it (or he or she) was taken from the realm of chaos and absorbed into the cosmos. It was protected from the ill effects of chaos and its denizens, and sanctified and sanctioned by the social order and its divine models. The profane was banished and the sacred was established.

This pattern is borne out both in the use of the hammer as a weapon and in its use as an instrument of blessing, consecration, protection, and healing. When Thor smote giants with the hammer, he was defending the cosmos and banishing the forces of chaos. When he blessed a marriage, a birth, a field, or a dead person with it, his act had the same religious/psychological significance.

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Weight .45 kg
Dimensions 28 × 26.8 × 1.25 cm
Celts and Vikings

Celts and Vikings