thor hammer

pinkdolphin12  asked:

I see a lot of heathens (and non heathens) wearing Thor's hammer around their neck. Does that represent anything in particular? Or is it more similar to a cross or star of David where it's kinda more a general symbol of the faith?

Chiefly, it’s a symbol of protection. Thor is the god who protects Midgard (Earth) and humanity, so wearing his weapon pays a kind of homage to that. It’s also a relatively well-known symbol of the religion as a whole–it’s a recognized emblem of belief by the US military, for example–so it is used by a lot of people to identify themselves as Heathen, as one might wear a cross. Up to this point at least, it has not been commonly appropriated by white supremacists in the way that some runes and other symbols (such as the valknut and sun wheel) have, so it’s a fairly safe identifier.

I can’t really speak to its use by non-Heathens, but I imagine that it’s often a case of people seeing the pendant and being told it’s a symbol of protection, then wearing it without knowledge of the religious context. There are other reasons a non-Heathen might wear one as well, such as an enthusiasm for Viking history, but I imagine that’s the most common explanation.

Thanks for asking, and let me know if you want to know more!

Me last October: *Sees the 3rd MCGA book is coming out on October 2017*
Me: Godsdammit how am I supposed to wait that long if I think about Blitzstone literally 24/7?
Me: Just try not to think about it you’ll be fine.
Me now: *Continues thinking about it 24/7 and reads every single fanfiction about it*
Me: This is fine. This is normal.
Brain: No it isn’t.
Me: 

  • Hollywood: Fuck diversity. We gotta cast popular white actors in our thing so that we can make a ton of money!
  • Me: This book about a homeless kid, a black dwarf, a deaf elf, a muslim girl, and a genderfluid trans person has been the number one selling children's book in the country for five weeks straight....
  • Hollywood: Nope. More Johnny Depp.

“People of color, Women, Muslims, LGBTQ+ or any oppressed group in America, we stand and fight together, because we are #StrongerTogether.”

(I’m so devastated by what is happening right now. I don’t know how else I could help or contribute but..)

Some characters from Rick Riordan’s book series that represent minorities:

Reyna Avila Ramirez-Arellano - Latina
Frank Zhang - Chinese Canadian
Hazel Levesque - African American
Samirah Al Abbas - Arab American muslim
Leo Valdez - Latino
Alex Fierro - Transgender and Genderfluid
Piper McLean - Native American/Cherokee
Nico di Angelo and Will Solace - Gay


Don’t attack me for the ones I had left out.. If I had the time I could’ve added more characters…

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friendly reminders that
  • frank is lactose intolerant
  • hazel doesn’t know what a chicken nugget is
  • nico literally had a nightmare about popcorn. popcorn
  • carter kane essentially did the same thing for zia rashid that leo did for calypso. keep that in mind.
  • bianca willingly left nico twice in both life and death, once to join the hunters and then to be reborn
  • percy can’t control the mist. thalia and hazel can.
  • jason hadn’t seen his mother since he was two years old
  • paul is an example of a good stepparent. annabeth’s stepmother is an example of a bad stepparent
  • magnus’s mom had a pixie cut, like alex
  • hazel likes to draw
  • nico likes card games which is a 100% guarantee he is a total nerd for magic the gathering, dungeons and dragons, etc. as well as probably video games and star wars and star trek
  • sadie is dating both anubis and walt
  • dead moms club: nico, bianca, hazel, leo, frank, jason, hedge
  • yes, coach hedge’s mother is dead.
  • piper is a vegetarian
  • pretty much all of frank’s family (except ares, obviously) is dead or presumed dead.
  • jason is near-sighted
  • alex does pottery
  • the titan and giant wars are just two of the wars chiron has been around to see. and he has been around since the original ancient greece.
  • percy is going to be an older brother
  • piper’s dad is famous. so she probably kind of is too, at least to some degree.
  • the three roman emperors that have come back to life are part of the group that has been terrorizing percy and the gang since the beginning
  • grover exists. he’s a member of the council of cloven elders. he and juniper are dating. in case you forgot. (i know rick did…)
  • tyson and ella are dating (also, tyson!!!)
  • rick riordan himself is a character within the series (royal scribe at camp half-blood, receiver of carter and sadie’s recordings, percy’s editor)
  • also, he wrote each book each year (sometimes two in a year). this guy deserves waaaay more credit than he gets
  • anubis likes to chill in graveyards
  • and, finally, may castellan is probably still making sandwiches and baking cookies for a son who will never come
  • Calypso: I told leo he was annoying and threw pots and pans at him.
  • Piper: When i get mad at jason i charmspeak and tell him to smack himself.
  • Annabeth: One time i judo flipped percy.
  • Alex: I decapitated Magnus and i would probably do it again.
  • Calypso: ....
  • piper: ....
  • Annabeth: ....
  • Alex: I win.

Bucky Barnes on his first week in the tower coming to sit with the team in the communal area and Thor has placed Mjolnir on the middle seat between himself and Steve and Bucky just raises an eyebrow and lifts it and places it on the floor so he can sit next to Steve and he’s too busy questioning why someone keeps bringing such an entirely impractical hammer to these gatherings to notice the shock on everyone’s faces

Information I learned from the Rick Riordan Hammer of Thor book tour

• The Trials of Apollo series will be at least 5 books

• The Magnus Chase series will be at least 3 books

• We will get to meet Percy’s little sister at one point in the Trials of Apollo series

• He had no control over the Percy Jackson movies whatsoever

• There will be a PJO coloring book released in August 2017

• There will be a book called Camp Half Blood Confidential released in May 2017. This book will be about life at camp

• He said he encourages fan art and fan videos

• He said if you write fanfiction to go for it but he does not read it

• He said probably his two favorite characters to write from are Sadie Kane and Apollo

• Someone asked if liked Anubis or Walt better with Sadie and he said both

• He said that by the end of The Hammer of Thor half of us are going to want the next book and half of us are going to want to kill him

• There will be new characters in The Hammer of Thor

• He will always write for the middle grade age group but he loves it when older people keep reading the books as well