Berserker Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir Bear Head King’s Chain
Berserker Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir Bear Head King’s Chain. This Premium Necklace is from our Handcrafted Viking Forge Line.
The berserkers of ancient Germanic communities were great warriors said to wear bear-skins when they fought (the word is likely derived from the combined words for bear and shirt), and who, like many other warriors, were said to revere Odin most. Berserkers were bodyguards of kings, or else numbered among the most fearsome vikings, and accounts of them claim they were overtaken by fury in battle, and roared, bit their shields, and frothed at the mouth, inspiring terror in their opponents.
In Norse folklore, it is also said that during Odin’s and Thor’s visits to the human world, the gods would appear disguised as bears. Widely worshipped in ancient times wherever they appeared around the world, bears are also said to symbolize strength, wisdom, and healing; and a balance between the seen and unseen world. Let this bear pendant remind you to be curious as well as strong, and embody the virtues of the gods.
Mjolnir (pronounced MYOL-neer in old pronunciation; in modern Scandinavian languages it’s closer to MYUL-neer, and also spelled Mjöllnir) was both thunder-god Thor’s preferred weapon and the means by which he granted blessings. As a symbol, it was widely in use during the viking era, and versions of it were often worn or carried as talismans by the vikings, who certainly would have wanted to call upon Thor’s strength, protection, and skill in battle.
So how did they wear it? In modern times, people often choose tattoos, and while Thor’s hammer tattoos sound like a viking thing to do, and there’s reference in history to vikings wearing markings on their skin, there’s no archaeological evidence that these were tattoos rather than paint. By contrast, many ancient pendants in the shape of Mjolnir have been found — and apart from Mjolnir, hammers don’t really appear in viking legends, so the symbol would’ve been immediately distinct in the culture as a reference to Thor.
With the resurgence of Thor in pop culture, some people might be interested in why the common viking symbol looks a bit different: the Mjolnir Marvel dreamed up, via Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, is about half the product of imagination. For instance, is uru metal, from which Thor’s hammer is made in Marvel comics, part of Norse myth? Nope: it was imagined up as a sort of “unobtanium,” a fantasy metal to explain why the hammer (in the comics) exhibits the properties it does. So what is Thor’s Hammer made of, according to actual legend? The eddas simply say iron — though they also mention that it was forged by a dwarf who created several other enchanted works.
- Metal Stamp: 316L (stainless steel)
- Gender: Unisex
- Main Stone: No Stone
- Line: Viking Forge