Thor’s Hammer Pendant (1989-59/7224)

Silver Thor's hammer pendant from Grave 511 at Repton, Derbyshire

A silver hammer-shaped pendant found in Grave 511 at Repton. This is the grave of a man who appears to have died violently, taking a vicious cut to his loins. These may have been worn to show devotion to the god Thor, or to secure the god’s protection, although there is little evidence to support this interpretation. 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.

Object Type



circa 850 — 900

Ascribed Culture





Viking Objects

Current Location

Derby Museum and Art Gallery


cemetery, Derby_Museums, Derbyshire, Great_army, jewellery, pendant, Repton, silver, Thor, Thor's_hammer

Further information

You can see the original at Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

This object is related to Repton, Derbyshire.
Find out about Repton, Derbyshire.


(c) Derby Museum and Art Gallery


Brooches, Pendants and Pins: Scandinavian Dress Accessories in England.

Kershaw, Jane F. Viking identities: Scandinavian jewellery in England. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).