Viking Symbols - Thor's Hammer / Mjolnir
In Norse mythology, Mjölnir (Mjollnir) is the hammer of Thor, a major Norse god associated with thunder. Mjölnir is depicted in Norse mythology as one of the most fearsome weapons, capable of leveling mountains. This weapon is the destroyer of the etins and the protector of Midgard and Asgard.
Thor’s hammer was certainly a weapon – the best weapon the Aesir had, in fact – but it was more than just a weapon. It also occupied a central role in rituals of consecration and hallowing.
The hammer was used in formal ceremonies to bless marriages, births, and probably funerals as well.
Most practitioners of Germanic Neopagan faiths wear Mjölnir pendants as a symbol of that faith worldwide. Worn as an amulet, Thor's hammer brings courage, strength and power to the wearer.
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