Thor's Hammer - Pendant, Pewter, small
Thor's Hammer with Nordic runes is displayed by this pendant granting inner strength.
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Pendant, Pewter, small
The civilization of the Vikings reached its height in Northern Europe from 700 to 1000 A.D. where the rough Scandinavian homelands of the Vikings very often generated ferocious people, who wanted to discover and conquer the world. With their unique longboats and superior weapons the Vikings very quickly earned their fearless reputation for conquest and even today our weekdays are named after Nordic gods and goddesses.
Most of our knowledge about the Vikings comes from Icelandic poetry. These so-called Eddas were written by gifted and highly honored poets - the Skalds - and told mythic tales which contained words of advice, prophecies and detailed family trees. Many stories are about the mighty one-eyed god Odin, living in Asgard in his big Hall Vallhalla, where dead heroes received their rewards in form of endless feasts and banquets. Although courage and loyalty were the most respected character attributes of a Viking, our Nordic ancestors also worshiped humor and the romantic complications of a great love.
Viking artists and craftsmen worked with gold, copper, silver and brass and created a very special design were metal strands were intertwined and interweaved with animal-like figures. The males of the Vikings wore bangles and pendants and their wives - who had a high position in their society and could even get a divorce from their husbands, if they didn't satisfy them - favored brooches, pendants and decorative fibulas.
The Vikings buried vast amounts of jewelry and silver objects with their dead, because they believed that these things were very useful in the life after death in Valhalla. Because of the big amounts of archaeological findings in these treasure troves today we know a lot about the motifs of the Viking era, which have also inspired this pendant.
Thor's Hammer: Whenever Thor swung his mighty hammer Mjolnir, he was invincible and therefore small figures of this hammer were widely worn as jewelry to pay homage and loyalty to the god and to gain the support of Thor in life. The red-bearded God of Thunder was, because of his supernatural powers and vivid humor, the most popular Viking god of the Nordic population. Its name Mjolnir is written in Viking runes on the hammers head and the whole charm is said to be able to boost your inner strength.
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Pendant, Pewter, small
This jewelry is part of the jewelry line up "Trove of Valhalla".
Trove of Valhalla
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