The Norse/Germanic god of thunder, Thor was one of the most popular deities in the Medieval world. His popularity continues to the present day. In fact, you may even say that Thor is seeing a resurgence of popularity, and not just because of the Marvel movies that portray him as a sort of awkward frat boy from outer space. TV shows such as the Vikings, Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom, etc. have stirred an interest in Thor and the other gods of old. So most people are now familiar with Thor and his mighty hammer that he uses to smash frost giants back to the icy depths from whence they came. However, not everyone knows that Thor's hammer has a name, Mjölnir (pronounced: myol-neer), and that the image of Mjölnir was worn as a pendant around the necks of Vikings, Saxons, and other Germanic tribes. In fact, wearing a Mjölnir pendant for protection and strength was so popular that archaeologists continue to find them in Viking hot spots like Scandinavia, Ireland, and Scotland. My latest design here is based on the Mjölnir pendant, which looks something like a downward facing arrow. I chose to decorate the hammer with interlacing patterns, skulls and faces. I think it gives it a tribal look, almost like a Viking totem pole. It's full of symbolism and meaning. The symbols below the hammer are runes, the ancient writing of the Germanic tribes. The runes spell out "Mjölnir" in the Younger Futhark style. My research indicated that this is the most accurate style of rune to write out "Mjölnir" in (apparently the Elder Futhark pre-dates the worship of Thor by the Germanic tribes, and, therefore, the Elder Futhark does not contain runes necessary to spell out "Mjölnir" accurately). Below the runes, you can see "Mjölnir" spelled out in contemporary fashion, although in a font that rather resembles runes as well. Overall, I think this design well represents the power and strength of Thor in a stylish way. Buy one now and wear it proudly to connect yourself with history and to gain the thunder god's favor! ;)
Tags: nordic-mythology, celtic-knotwork, knotwork, runes, celtic-knots
Most are familiar with Thor, god of thunder, and his war hammer, Mjölnir, but from whence did this mighty, magical mallet materialize? Mjölnir was forged by two bristly dwarf brothers who lived deep in the caverns of the dwarf homeland, Svartalfheim. The artwork representing this story has many of the details from the mythology. If you look closely, you can see all the gifts created by the dwarves scattered around them with the mighty Mjölnir sitting at the center above the anvil. You can see the trickster, Loki in fly form near Brokkr’s eye. Mjölnor has such great weight and importance in mythology and in contemporary culture that I think the back story to its creation is important and interesting. I think this piece captures the many details of the story in a single image. The traditional knot work style with the added effects of cracking stone creates an aged look. Like an artifact that has been uncovered from the tomb of a Viking.
Tags: nordic-mythology, celtic-knotwork, the-mighty-thor, knotwork, runes
Inscription on Buster Sword: "Whosoever holds this sword, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Cloud" – Final Fantasy meets Marvel's Avengers / Thor – perfect for every geek, video gamer and comic book / superhero lover alike!
Tags: comic-books, comics, ffvii, ff7, final-fantasy-7