Rare Thor’s Hammer Found in Central Norway

Thor's Hammer Pendant Central Norway 2015

This is only the 14th known Thor’s hammer found in Norway. (Photo: Nord-Trøndelag County Authority)

Recently, Magne Øksnes found something quite unique with metal detector on the Flekstad farm in Steinkjer, Central Norway: A beautiful Thor’s hammer Viking Age pendant of silver in excellent condition.

The silver hammer is dated to about 800-950 AD, is 34 millimeters (1.34 in) long, 24 millimeters (0.95 in) wide and weighs 5.6 grams (0.2 oz).

Previously there is only made 13 known findings of Thor’s hammers in Norway, only half made of silver. Magne Øksnes’ unique discovery is the first known in Central Norway, Trønderavisa newspaper reports.

In comparison, there are found approximately 3,500 Viking swords, which puts the hammer into perspective.

Thor's Hammer Pendant Central Norway 2015 - 2Magne Øksnes found Thor’s Hammer on the Flekstad farm. (Photo: Nord-Trøndelag County Authority)

Extremely Rare

Archaeologist Lars Forseth at Nord-Trøndelag County Authority confirms that the discovery is exceptional.

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