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Thor's Hammer is a symbol of the struggle against chaos
and evil. It's the weapon used by Thor against giants, monsters, and
other trollish folk who threaten the common good. It seems particularly
appropriate in these troubled times. The Hammer was also
important in the hallowing of hearth and home, in marriage ceremonies, and
the invocation of fertility. There's an interesting
article on the Hammer
posted in Australia by Daniel Bray of Sydney University.
Click on the images for an enlarged view.
#5125; This is an elaborate Hammer that was part of a
necklace found on the island of Hiddensee, Germany. The original was done in solid gold.
The Hammer is a bit over 1 5/16” (1.35”) tall, and 1 1/8” (1.12”) wide. The opening is
about .132", so it will take a 3 mm chain.
The price in bronze is $15,
in sterling silver it is $45.
and solid 14k gold is $375.
In very early Nordic history gold was used often. By Viking times it had
been replaced by silver as a medium of exchange, but was still worn
occasionally. At least one saga mentions a prominent Viking wearing gold
"at the neck and wrist".
#5101; This is an impressive Hammer incorporating a battle raven.
It looks modern, but is a very close copy of one found
in Kabara, Scania.
The back of the Hammer is plain, and it's quite flat. The opening is
just over a tenth of an inch, so it will take a 2.5 or 3 mm chain. If you want to use a a
heavier chain or thong you could take it to a local jeweler and have them add a ring. (1.14"H by 1.09"W)
The price in bronze is $15
the price in sterling silver is $35
Silver, with a small garnet cabochon $45.
Silver, with a small amber cabochon, $45,
Silver, with a small blue star sapphire cabochon, $45
Danish Thor's Hammer
#NV4; This is a popular piece reproduced by a number of
craftsmen. The original piece was found in Romersdal, on the island of
Bornholm, and is in the Danish National Museum in Copenhagen.
Here's the original piece if you'd like to see it.
(9 kb JPEG) There are many reproductions of this Hammer, but this is the closest to the
Hammer I have seen. It is about 1 3/8" high, and a bit over 1 1/2" wide.
Cast in silver, the price is $39,
in bronze it is $25.
#5215; This stout Hammer is also a copy of a specific historical example.
This time, one found at Laby, in the Uppland province of Sweden. The original
of this hammer is in the Statens Historiska Museum, Stockholm. It's quite large and heavy, and is about
2 1/4" tall including the ring, and weighs about an
ounce on my postal scale. Silver is $55, Bronze is $20.
#5109; This is modeled on the
the famous hammer from Fosse, Iceland. (Photograph copyright by the National Museum of Iceland.) It's very cleanly cast, and a bit over
1 1/2" tall in the large size, and 1 1/8" tall in the small size.
#5109; Large, $60 in silver, $20 in bronze,
#5102; Small, $25 in silver, $12 in bronze.
#NV3; This is an excellent reproduction of
the famous Hammer from Fosse, Iceland. (Photograph copyright by the National Museum of Iceland.) It's a bit over 1 3/4" tall.
#NV3-S; in silver, $50
#NV3-B, in bronze $30.
#ODN-103; Once more, this time in pewter.
This one is still
more open and ligher in weight.
In fact, it is a bit flimsy and easy to
bend. About 1 5/8" tall, the price is $6.
Stenby Hammer, stamped
The original was part of a hoard found in 1893 while building a house in
Stenby, county of Motala, Sweden. The hord is thought to date from about the year 1000.
These Hammers were made in close cooperation with with Östergötland Läns Museum.
The maker was able to arrange the loan of the original in order to make an exact copy.
The original was found on a plain loop. Without the loop it’s about 1 5/16” (1.32”) tall and 7/8”
(.85”) wide. It has a simple pattern of punched decoration. Imported from Sweden.
In silver, the price with the loop is (out of stock), without the loop $25.
The hole in the Hammer is sized to take a normal chain or light thong.
Stenby Hammer, plain
The original of this Hammer was part of the same hoard. The surface lacks the punched
decoration, but has a subtle hammered finish. It’s thicker and heavier, and has a very attactive defined shape (IMO).
The Hammer itself is about 1 3/8" tall and 1 1/16 (1.08”) wide. With the loop. it’s just over 2" tall.
Crafted in silver and imported from Sweden, the price without the loop is $55, and with the loop $59.
I like this one.
The original Hammer was found in
Halmstad, Sweden. The loop is about 1 1/8" in diameter and the heigth of of the Hammer and
loop is a bit over 2". Crafted in silver and imported from Sweden, the price is $38.
It's also available without the loop for $28. The hole is quite small and you will need a fine
The original Grete Hammer is rather crudely forged, and may have been made by the
wearer rather than a professional jeweler. It's about 1 1/2" high with the ring. Imported from
Sweden, the price is $(out of stock).
Without the ring it's $30.
Lugnås is in Västergötland , Sweden. The loop is about 1" in
diameter and the height of the Hammer with the loop is about 2 1/8".
It's a classic Hammer shape decorated with a punched pattern. The original Hammer is in the Västergötlands museum. Crafted in
silver and imported from Sweden, the price is $40.
The original of this Hammer came from a hoard dated to about 900 A.D.,
and is kept in the County Museum of Småland, Sweden. The maker was able to obtain
the loan of the original to make an exact copy. It’s about 1 ¼” tall (1 1/8" with the ring),
and 1” wide. The price in silver, with a ring is (out of stock), and without a ring it is $37.
Imported from Sweden.
The original of this Hammer was found in 1729, and is dated to about 1000 A.D.
It was found while plowing in Herrestad, County of Skåne, Sweden. It's about 1 5/8" (1.3")
tall without the loop, and 1" wide. With the loop it's about 2 1/8" tall. The price in silver with a
loop is $35, without $27. The hole in this Hammer is quite
small, and you will need a very fine chain to wear it without a loop. Imported from Sweden.
The original of this Hammer was found in Vatnsdalur, Iceland. It's one of the few Hammers
from Iceland. The construction is very similar to the Hesselbjerg Hammer below. It's made of quite thin sheet
silver, and is about 1 3/4" tall with the ring. Imported from Sweden, the price is $21.
Small Hesselbjerg Hammer on a Ring
Hammers of this general type were distributed widely. They were cut from
a single sheet, and the top was bent over to form the loop. This particular example is closely
modeled after one found in Hesselbjerg, Denmark. It was part of an amulet shown below. The Hammer
alone is about 1 1/8" (30 mm) tall and 5/8" wide. The Hammer with the loop is a bit less than 1 7/8" tall.
The original was about this size. Crafted in silver, and imported from Sweden, the price is $32.
Gårdby Thor's Hammers
These Hammers were found in Gårdby, Sweden. The amulet consists of
four different Hammers on a twisted silver wire ring. The rings are made by hand, so there's some
variation, but it's about 1 1/2" tall including the ring. All in silver and imported from Sweden. $49.
This is a really tiny Hammer. The original was found in a grave at Birka dating
from about 800 A.D. It was a plain ring with two Hammers. The maker obtained the loan
of the original in order to make an exact copy. Each Hammer is about 11/16” (.068”) tall,
and 7/16” (.043”) wide. The Hammer on a ring is about 1 1/16" tall including the ring. Imported from Sweden.
Birka Hammer without the ring, $14
One Birka Hammer on a silver ring, $19
Two Birka Hammers on a ring, all in silver, $29
Punched Brass Hammer
#RF-2; Not all Hammers were silver or bronze of course, and here's
one formed from sheet brass, with a punched design. They made by hand, so
each one will be a bit different. A bit over 1 5/8" tall and 1 3/8" wide, the price is $22.
#RF-1; This is a solid three dimensional casting.
It's a bit more than 1 1/2 inches not including the added ring. With the ring it's about 2 1/4".
tall and has quite a bit of weight.
Cast in silver for $45,
or bronze for $20
#5219, A very small Hammer, it's just over 3/4" tall and 3/8" wide.
$10 in silver, or $5 in bronze.
Thor's Head Hammer
#5139, This is another Hammer with the staring face of a bearded
warrior, perhaps Thor himself. It is a very solid casting with deep detail,
about 1 1/2" tall and 1 1/4" wide.
In silver it is
$50 Out of Stock,
in bronze it is $20.
Thor's Ship Hammer
#5143, Here's a massive Hammer based on the Bornholm Ship, surmounted
with Thor's face. It's over 2" high, and 1 3/8" wide, and weighs almost an ounce in silver.
In silver it is $59,
in bronze it is $20
Celtic Knotwork Hammer
#5140, Boldly cast with good weight and detail, it is 1.7" tall
and 1.2" wide. The large suspension opening (~.175") makes it suitable for wear on either a
heavy chain or leather thong.
In silver it is $60,
in bronze it is $15.
Two Sided Celtic Hammer
#cc-hammer, Cast with slightly different patterns on each side, this is a contemporary Hammer in the celtic style.
It's about 1 3/4" tall and the generously sized quarter inch suspension hole makes it suitable for wear
on either a heavy chain or leather thong.
Silver is out of stock,
bronze is $20.
#5210, Another bold casting, this one has a dragonhead in full relief. It's a bit over an inch
and a half tall, and about an inch and a quarter wide.
In silver it is $45,
in bronze it is $20.
Stag Knot Hammer
#5124; The great stag stands at the apex of the four directional
infinity knot. It's about 1 5/8" tall and 1 1/4" wide.
The price is $20 in bronze, $45 in silver.
#5106; This is a small hammer with a different design on each side,
as was common practice in the Viking Period. This is a contemporary
design. (1.14"H by 1"W)
The price is $15 in bronze, $30 in silver.
#5103; Similar to the Raven Hammer above, this one has a stag's
head with sun and moon symbols. This is also a contemporary design, about
an inch tall.The price is $15 in bronze, $30 in silver.
#5104; Similar to the Raven Hammer above, this one has a Ram's head
with an eight spoked wheel. This is also a contemporary design, about an
inch tall and 7/8" wide.
The price is $15 in bronze, $30 in silver.
Sea Eagle Hammer
#5105; A small Hammer with a Sea Eagle combined with sun and moon
symbols, it's a little over an inch tall and an inch wide.
The price is $15 in bronze, $30 in silver.
#5112; This is a close copy of a small bronze figure
found in northern Iceland.
It is thought to depict Thor with his Hammer, and is about 1 1/2" tall.
The price in silver is $45,
and in bronze it is $20.
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