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Mjolnir by JJM1981 Mjolnir by JJM1981
In Norse mythology, Mjolnir is the hammer of Thor, the god of thunder. Distinctivly 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.

Mjolnir simply means "crusher," referring to its pulverizing effect. It is related to words such as the Icelandic verbs mölva ("to crush") and mala ("to grind"), but similar words, all stemming from the Proto-Indo-European root melə can be found in almost all European languages, e.g. the Slavic melvo ("grain to be ground") and molotu ("hammer"), the Dutch meel ("meal"), the Russian Молоток (molotok - "hammer"), the Greek μύλος (mylos - "mill") and the Latin malleus ("hammer") as well as the Latin mola ("mill"). The English meal, mill and maul are direct relatives, while mallet, "malleable" and molar arrived via Latin. It has been suggested that although the name reflects Mjolnir's awesome powers it might also allude to Thor's agricultural nature, as he was primarily worshiped by farmers.

Many practitioners of Germanic Neopagan faiths wear Mjolnir pendants as a symbol of that faith worldwide.
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xXNightshineXx Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
Found this today: narfea.deviantart.com/art/Powe…

The artist says it is his own hand
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Narfea Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I already have mentioned this artist! Thanks for telling me, I have forgotten about it :( I said it was inspired by some pics form the Internet, but I couldn't find it. Sorry again!
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Seaxwulf Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good show, Bud. I enjoy the photo - but especially the neat bits of lore. Thanks for sharing.
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Wergeld Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Personally I have plans to carve my own, but owning a metal one would be good too, just not as personal!
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Kibcru2 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
All hail the lord...
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Thor1989 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Actually it was called Neopagan or pagan by the christians...so by the norse mythology it's just another religion. I could say that Catholicism is a pagan religion...thus being the same. And that Mjolnir looks made out of pewter...get a silver one.
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SkaldicProductions Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That was my first Mjolnir pendant I owned!
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DemonsDevour Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
There's a lovely occult site I know of that has many Pagan/Occult symbolic jewelry and other things.

Are you Norse Pagan yourself? :)
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JJM1981 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
I used to be really interested in it about five years ago, but overtime it hasn't really stuck with me. Still, I do tend to wear my Mjolnir pendant a lot.
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DemonsDevour Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
I need a Mjolnir pendant. :P
Yeah it's a very great religion, I love it, it's made my life more peaceful and better; no one really knows about Pagan religions anymore. It's like it's all about the three monotheistic religions. :/
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