A hammer-shaped pendant or Thor's hammer found near Spilsby, Lincolnshire. (c) Lincolnshire County Council
Hammer-Shaped Pendant (LCNCC: 2015.15)
A hammer-shaped pendant or Thor's hammer found near Spilsby, Lincolnshire
A gold hammer-shaped pendant with an elongated pentagonal head, popularly called a Thor’s hammer pendant, from Spilsby, Lincolnshire. Hammer-shaped pendants are thought to be amuletic pendants designed to represent Thor’s hammer Mjöllnir. They are common in Scandinavia and in areas of Viking settlement in England. Those found in the Danelaw are generally undecorated or simply decorated, and are thought to have been made in England. The purpose of these pendants has been much speculated about, but nothing definite is known about it. Pendants like this have been found made of lead, copper alloy, silver and gold, showing that many different strata of society could have worn them.