Thor’s Hammer (Mjolnir)

This Mjolnir, or Thor’s Hammer, is an ancient Norse symbol, a stylized representation of the legendary magical weapon of the Norse God Thor. “Mjolnir” means “lightning,” and symbolized the God’s power over Thunder and Lightning. The Hammer Mjolnir was said to always return after it had been thrown.

The Thor’s Hammer amulet was worn frequently by believers as a symbol of protection- a practice so popular it continued even after most of the Norse population had converted to Christianity. In modern times, is often used as an emblem of recognition for members of the Asatru faith, and as a symbol of Norse heritage.

A later form of the Mjolnir is called the Wolf’s Cross, or Dragon’s Cross, and was associated with early Norse Christianity:

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Alexandra Stanford September 4, 2017 at 1:41 am

What would be good symbols to carve into an ax handle?

Who Cares July 27, 2017 at 8:51 am

Mjolnir means “miller” not lightning. In modern Swedish miller translates to mjölnare.

Thor would grind (or crush) his enemies with his hammer like he was grinding grain in a mill.

Thor Bjørnstærk May 20, 2017 at 7:38 pm

I want to correct you there, the wolf cross was carried by the viking after the christians came and forced os to convert to christianity. If we would not convert, they would cut of our heads or torture us, so they invented the wollf cross which looks like mjølner while hanging down but when someone would ask if you where Christian they would turn it upward making it look like the cross. The wolf head symbolises wisdom or in this case deceitfulness.

Greetings from Danemark! SKÅL FOR ODIN!

David Maxwell May 11, 2014 at 5:33 am

Hi…wanted to add a name to a tattoo on my arm but wanted to make sure I spelled it correctly…the original Saxon King that gave name to the lands he settled in West Scotland Maxton and Max’s well…I know they didn’t have the x yet, so it was more like Maccus Weil…anyway was wondering if you could give me the rune translation for both:

Maccus as it would be written in early 12th century English

and

Maccus as it would be written in the Norse runes Around 974 AD

Karin February 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I have an ancient Nowegian viking ring with symbols that are not runes
Where can I get this translated??

wherwolf August 23, 2013 at 2:59 am

If you will be able to write/draw the signs on a piece of paper, make a clear picture of it and E-mail/send it to me. Maybe I can translat it for you, I am a heathen/Odinist in believe. Mjolnir means “Crusher” and nothing else

span October 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm

would you be able to translate some things for me?

Ægir February 15, 2017 at 11:36 pm

Well you are kinda right. The word Mjölnir or ađ mylja means to crumble so crumbler would be more correct

Bob July 13, 2012 at 3:26 am

Mjolnir is a symbol of creation and destruction. Like the gauntlets on the mighty Thor’s for arms that double his power through positive and negative much like the electric charge of lightning at his command, his hammer can protect life or take it. Mjolnir actually see the work that later became Miller, or at least sagacious historians of my faith say this is so. It makes sense to me. The hammer wasn’t the only tool Thor had. His belt increased his strength and in electric language means a completed circuit which gives power to electricity through both the positive and negative. Seems neat to me that my ancestors knew so much about electricity 1000 years ago. But for more on the subject read the eddas poetic and prose, they hold answers for people who feel drawn to these things. Read the mask of Odin by titchenel I believed that I may have butchered her last name. Hail Odin!

Helgi June 24, 2012 at 2:45 am

Too add onto Rowan’s comment. Mjollnir’s root word is found in many languages. An interesting sidenote, that while in Russian the word “Hammer”, “Mill”, and “Mallet” all have the Mol- root, the Russian word for lightning is pronounced as Molniya (pretty similar huh). The Slavs also worshiped a God they Called Perun which wielded an axe. There’s a lot of similarities between the ancient cultures.

-sky- August 23, 2013 at 1:54 am

I just wanted to add to Helgi’s comment on the Russian spelling. Fantastic find. The “YA” portion of the word Molniya in Russian, is Cyrillic and to translate that into English that would be the letter “R”. So actually it is the same word only difference is not in sound, but in how to cast the spell of the “eh’/ih” spelling for that sound. Brilliant addition.

Other than that my two cents if wishful thinking gears somewhere toward Thor’s Hammer=time travel.

The Swastika, representing creation would make sense (and de-struction). Depending on point of view they are the same thing really.

Life is creation and destruction and according to my research, in English Gematria it seems as though LIFE=12960 which cleverly enough happens to be the diameter/ half of , the Precession of Earth on her Axis. The Great Year being 25920 which spells BEIT or YIT , the first meaning The Great House and the second seems like the word ‘white’ as in White House. I find this too good to not look into. Considering the FFFF Fylfot, is 6*6*6*6 = 1296 and times ten well … you get the idea.

Anyone here read or watch, anything with Bruce Cathie (Harmonic Earth Grid / Leylines) or Edward Leedskalnin (Coral Castle) ?

I also come from the view that we are all gods and in training. Thor like Bob said, is smothered in ancient Oral Traditions of this technology.

The Th in the golden ratio. Theta. The Wolf’s cross worn through the mouth is related to speech in my opinion off-the-cuff. Which would lead to the spoken word (as in Oral Traditions) and the SPOKE and WORD would revolve around 3.1415962653. Pi.

Like with as Dennis Fetcho points out (and he is loaded with a tons more ), Utnapishtim of Sumeria, is backwards in English, Myths.Pi.And.You.

Spinning Wheels tosses out:

The Hammer at times to me looks like an Anchor (Ankhor). And T is the anchor and its other portion would be the letter L. And T is the symbol in letter form of the “Ankh” which is a symbol of Life which starts with L.

so T=anchor and hor= Hour? as in Time?

T-hor

Ankh Hour?
Thour? Thur?

Just spinning wheels.

Hail to the gods!

Loki June 23, 2017 at 12:54 am

hor = horus ? (egyptian god)

Alexandra Stanford September 4, 2017 at 1:39 am

Super interesting!

Terry December 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

The knot work designs on Thor’s hammer has various meanings. Generaly they have alot in common with Celtic knot work and will generally be “endless” if you follow the pattenr all the way through. No begining and no end. It can mean everlasting or eternal. The shape of the particular knot work can determin its spacific maening. The “triquetra” depicted above is a three part symbol and is synonamus with the Celtic triple spiral symbol. Each part represents 3 solar months and combined represent the 9 months needed to creat life. The triple spiral and the triquetra are both symbols which represent life and combined with the endless knot mean “eternal life” Hope this helps.

John November 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

It’s called a triquetra. It has many different meanings. I’ve been trying to find out what the symbol means in relation to the hammer.

Jay October 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm

The knot like symbol on Mjolnir. what is it called, and what is its significance? I have been trying to find the answer for weeks now and cant find anything

Alexander July 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

The “wolf’s cross” as they name it here is an icelandic necklace of the 11th century and… it’s upside down u¬¬
The lace to hang it is suposed to pass through the “wolf’s” mouth.

Rowan Moonsong May 11, 2011 at 6:11 am

Mjollnir is Old Norse for “Crusher,” it has etymological ties with the Proto-Indo-European “Mol,” which means “Crush”. This has carried on into many modern languages, including Spanish (Molida = Crushed).

It is supposed that while Mjollnir is now depicted as a hammer, it probably didn’t start out that way; archaeological evidence is showing that it may have actually been an axe. This is due to the large amount of ancient amber axe talismans that were thrown into sacrificial bogs in northern Europe before the Migration Age.

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