Mjölnir pendant dating to the Viking age, found on the Flekstad farm in Steinkjer, Central Norway, April 2015

Mjölnir Pendant Discovery in Norway, #ThrowbackThorsday for 4/9/15

This silver Thor’s hammer pendant was found just this month at the Flekstad farm in Steinkjer, Central Norway. It is just the 14th distinct Mjölnir amulet found in Norway and one of just over 50 discovered in total. It’s around 34 mm long, 24 mm wide, and 5.6 grams. Few such pendants have been made of silver, and the etchings on this pendant are distinctive, though the shape is reminiscent of other pendants.

Mjölnir pendants discovered so far have been dated to the Viking age (ca CE 793-1066). Our understanding of their use surrounds Norse culture’s introduction to and eventual absorption by the Christian faith of its southern neighbors. Those who wore the pendant expressed, either openly or inwardly, that they rejected Christianity and held to the beliefs of their ancestors.

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