Mjölnir (pronounced Miol-neer) is the name of Thor’s hammer in Nordic mythology. The hammer gave Thor his extensive power and was said to be forged by a dwarf. Due to the weapon’s short handle, Thor could only wield it with one hand and had to wear magical iron gloves in order to grip the shaft. The thunder god used the hammer to protect heaven and Earth from enemies, such as the giants and their destructive force. According to some sources, the name Mjölnir may mean lightning in Old Norse. Authors also believe the word may mean white and refer to purity, such as the purity of white lightning. When the people heard the sound of thunder, they knew Thor, whose name means thunder, and his hammer were at work!
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