Silver pendant in the shape of a stylized hammer. The obverse side engraved with interlaced bands. The suspension ring in the shape of an eagle’s head. Rare evidence of the veneration of Norse gods from the early period of Christianization.
On occasion, I think people can get caught up in just a single aspect of certain gods of the Norse pantheon.
Perhaps none more so than Thor.
So I wrote these words to try to encourage people not to think of him as simply a brute that does nothing but swing a hammer in rage and maybe look at the larger picture and appreciate some of his subtleties as well.
Recently, Magne Øksnes found something quite unique with metal detector on the Flekstad farm in Steinkjer, Central Norway: A beautiful Thor’s hammer Viking Age pendant of silver in excellent condition.
The silver hammer is dated to about 800-950 AD, is 34 millimeters (1.34 in) long, 24 millimeters (0.95 in) wide and weighs 5.6 grams (0.2 oz).
Previously there is only made 13 known findings of Thor’s hammers in Norway, only half made of silver. Magne Øksnes’ unique discovery is the first known in Central Norway, Trønderavisa newspaper reports.
In comparison, there are found approximately 3,500 Viking swords, which puts the hammer into perspective.
Archaeologist Lars Forseth at Nord-Trøndelag County Authority confirms that the discovery is exceptional. – This is the first time I am documenting the discovery of a Thor’s hammer, says Forseth.