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.