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What does the Viking god thor's hammer mean?


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August 10, 2012 9:19AM

Mjolnir, Thor's Hammer, represents several things. It symbolizes lightning, but also is a phallic symbol, bringing fertility, and symbolizes the whole of the Gods, as it is their best weapon against the forces of Chaos which threaten them.

To mankind, it is the symbol by which the Norse (and modern day Asatru) represent their faith.

Mjolnir, as a word, means "crusher" and is related to the words mallet (a hammer), molar (the tooth), and mortar (the bowl used to crush things with a pestle).