Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir
Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir Pendants were worn in contrast to Christian crosses by those following the Old Ways. They were used to bless crops and weddings.
Thor is a major god of all branches of the Germanic peoples before their Christian conversion. He reached the height of his popularity among the Scandinavians of the late Viking Age. He appealed to the warrior class and the commoners.
Thor, the god of thunder, is the ideal warrior. He’s the defender of the gods and their fortress Asgard, from Giants, enemies of the gods. No one is better suited for this task than Thor. His courage and strength are virtually unmatched. He owns a belt of strength and a hammer, Mjöllnir (“Lightning”). Only rarely does he go anywhere without it. For the heathen Scandinavians, just as thunder was the embodiment of Thor, lightning was the embodiment of his hammer slaying giants as he rode across the sky in his goat-drawn chariot. Thor’s particular enemy is Jormundgand, the Midgard Serpent, offspring of Loki and a Giantess. Thor and Jormungand meet their mutual demise during Ragnarok.
Thor was appealed to for protection, and the blessing and hallowing of places, things, and events. He would bless weddings and crops as a god of Fertility which makes sense in that thunder is associated with rain and fertility of crops. His marriage to Sif could possibly be a sky god – earth goddess pairing. But there isn’t enough evidence to know for sure. It is a likely coupling though.
Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir Pendant Necklace
When Christianity first reached the Norse, it was tolerated like any other cult. However, when it became clear that the Christians wanted to eradicate paganism in northern Europe the Norse retaliated. And who better to turn to for the defense of their way of life than Thor? In deliberate contrast to the cross amulets that the Christians wore around their necks, those who followed the old ways wore miniature Thor’s hammers around their necks.
Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir Pendant Necklaces have been patterned on artifacts found in northern Europe.