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Thor Odinson & Mjolnir...The story of a Norse God and his Hammer

Updated on April 6, 2015
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Contents......

  • A brief history of Thor / Dr Blake
  • Thors Hammer
  • Mjolnirs Duplicates
  • Powers & Abilities
  • Video Interview with Thor & Loki
  • Video trailer - Thor 2: The Dark World
  • Fun Fact
  • Quiz
  • Enemies of Thor
  • Superheroes & Villains - Links to other pages

Thor Odinson, Lord of Asgard....

Born in a small cave in Norway, he was the son of Odin Borson ruler of Asgard and of Gaea, an earth goddess.

Shortly after his birth he was taken to Asgard by Odin and brought up by Frigga, his adoptive Asgard mother. He grew up alongside Loki his adoptive brother, and four other half brothers, Balder, Hermod, Tyr and Vidar.

Odin had created a hammer, built by dwarves in the heart of a star. The hammers name was Mjolnir and was used by Odin to defeat the Frost Giant Laufey. This hammer was to be presented to Thor when he had proven himself to be a worthy warrior. Thor spent many years in trainning and performing heroic deeds and was eventually given Mjolnir.

After many heroic battles over the next few years Thor became headstrong and broke a truce between the Asgards and the Frost Giants.

This displeased Odin greatly and in order to teach his son humility, Odin sent Thor to Earth in the mortal body of a crippled medical student called Donald Blake. He was stripped of his hammer, his powers and his memories. As Blake, he graduated medical school and opened a private practice in New York City, where he met and fell in love with his nurse Jane Foster.

After 10 years on Earth he was sent a subconscious message by Odin to take a vacation in Norway, where alien Kronans were preparing to invade earth. Whilst in Norway Blake fled into a cave, his actual birthplace, where he became entombed by a boulder and unable to leave the cave. He found found a walking cane and in his frustration at being trapped he hit the cane against a boulder and he was immediately transformed into Thor and the cane into Mjolnir.

Blake then returned back to New York and used his secret identity to fight crime and defend the earth, even against Loki, as proven in his battle with him supported by Ant-Man, Wasp, Iron Man and The Hulk thus forming the Avengers.

The Mystic Hammer, enhanced by Thors Odinforce
The Mystic Hammer, enhanced by Thors Odinforce | Source

Mjolnir's Enchantment....

"Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of ... Thor"

...and back to Donald Blake....

From Asgard God to Dr. Blake
From Asgard God to Dr. Blake | Source
Forged by Dwarves, made from Uru
Forged by Dwarves, made from Uru | Source

Mjolnir - Thors Hammer

From Scandinavian Mythology and pronounced 'Myawl-near', it has a literal meaning of "that which smashes".

Created by Odin and built by Dwarf balcksmiths Eitri, Brok & Buri. It was forged into the shape of a hammer from the Asgardian metal known as Uru. It is constructed as a short wooden shaft bound in leather with a large rectangular metal head at one end and a leather loopstrap at the other.

This is Thors favored weapon and can be used to summon the four elements of Wind, Rain, Thunder & Lightening, to be used at his will. It is only people of sound moral character and integrity that can lift the hammer. Only Thor, Odin, Tiwaz, Red Norvell, Beta Ray Bill, Captain america and Eric Masterson have so far been found worthy and possess the strength required to lift Mjolnir.

It is able to open inter-dimensional portals to other worlds such as Thors home world of Asgard. At one time it was able to command the ability to travel through time until Immortus removed this inThor #282 (1979)

Mjolnir first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 (1962) and was sliced in half by Destroyers visor blast in Journey into Mystery #119 (1965)

Dr Stephen Strange repaired Mjolnir when he bound Thors life-force to the Hammer and although this increased the bond, should Mjolnir become damaged in future then Thor himself could perish.

The hammer transforms into an old wooden cane when Thor adopts his mortal human disguise of Donald Blake. Thor would also transform back into Blake if separated from Mjolnir for more than 60 seconds.

Thor is able to use Mjolnir in both defensive and offensive situations, utilizing the hammers abilities for Weather Manipulation, Flight, Teleportation, Resurrection, Invisibility, Energy Blasts, Energy Absorption, Event Recall, Illusion Detection, Barrier, Transformation and as Immunity to other forces.

Mjolnirs Duplicates... Thors Uru hammer has been duplicated over the years as shown below,

  • Stormbreaker - was forged by Etri and other dwarves at Odins request for Beta Ray Bill after he proved his worthiness.
  • Crusher - forged from Uru for Red Norvell after he proved worthy.
  • Thuderstrike - given to Eric Masterson by Thor
  • Stormcaster - created by Loki for Ororo Munroe
  • Frogjolnir - Simon Walterson held a piece of Mjolnir and when he struck it on the ground he was transformed into Throg and the pice turned into Frogjolnir
  • Mjolnir replica - created by Tony Stark & Reed Richards for the Cyborg clone of Thor
  • Kevin Masterson - carried a toy version of Thors Hammer because Thor had saved his fathers life on so many occasions.
  • Unnamed - hammer of Tarene
  • Unnamed - duplicate created by Orikal for Ulrik at the request of King Geirrodur
  • Unnamed - 3 x others created by Professor Zaxton after using his duplicating machine. All of which faded away.

Enhanced by the power of the Odinforce, Thor & Mjolnir are formidable
Enhanced by the power of the Odinforce, Thor & Mjolnir are formidable | Source

Powers & abilities....

As Thor is the son of Odin & Gaea, his strength & endurance are greater than most of his race. He is also long lived though not immortal, and highly resistant to injury.

As Lord of Asgard, Thor possesses the Odinforce which allows him to access cosmic and mystical energies which enhance all of his abilities.

With the power of the Odinforce, Thor was able to dent Captain Americas virtually indestructible shield, using Mjolnir.

With the aid of the hammer Thor can simulate flight at incredible speeds. He is a skilled warrior, trained in the arts of war, highly proficient in hand to hand combat, swordsmanship and throwing the hammer.

A Chat with Thor & Loki....

Chris Hemsworth as Thor....

From his first appearance in the Marvel comic; Journey Into Mystery #83 (1962) to present date and the future "Thor 3" and "Avengers 2" films in production, Thor has been an entertainment to all and an important member of the Avengers with his God given powers which are all the more enhanced with the aid of Mjolnir, his trusted hammer

Check out the video to the right to the right to see Chris Hemsworth & Tim Hiddleston giving an interview on Thor 2: The Dark World, accompanied by the trailer below.

Trailer for Thor 2: The Dark World....

Test Your Knowledge....


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Fun Fact - Did you know....

In the Thor movie even though Donald Blake was never shown, he was mentioned twice.

Once when SHIELD captured the dis-empowered Thor and Dr Erik Selvig claimed that Thor is actually his colleague Dr Donald Blake

Secondly when Jane Foster gives Thor a T-shirt with Donalds name on it and says that it was her ex-boyfriends.

.........Try the "Test Your Knowledge" Quiz, all the answers to the questions can be found within this article, good luck......

Loki - Thors half brother
Loki - Thors half brother | Source
Grundroth - Frost Giants
Grundroth - Frost Giants | Source
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Enemies of Thor....

  • Absorbing Man
  • Ares
  • Atum
  • Arkin
  • Bloodaxe
  • Crusader
  • Carbon copy men
  • Desak
  • Destroyer
  • Durok the demolisher
  • Ego the living planet
  • Enchanters three
  • Enchantress - Asgardian
  • Executioner
  • Fafnir
  • Fenris Wolf
  • Grey Gargoyle
  • Grog
  • Growing Man
  • Hela
  • Karnilla
  • Kryllk the Cruel
  • Kurse
  • Knorda
  • Loki
  • Lorelei
  • Malekith the Accursed
  • Mangog
  • Megatak
  • Mephisto
  • Mercurio the 4D Man
  • Midgard Serpent
  • Mister Hyde
  • Mongoose
  • Pluto
  • Perrikus
  • Quicksand
  • Radioactive Man
  • Sandu
  • Seth
  • Shatterfist
  • Surtur
  • Titania
  • Thermal man
  • Ulik
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Ymir
  • Zarko - The Tomorrow man

Members of The Avengers...

As per The Avengers #1 (Sept 1963) there were 5 founder members of The Avengers, these were Iron Man, Ant Man, Wasp, Hulk and Thor.

Captain America joined The Avengers the following year in The Avengers #4 (1964) followed a year later by Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in The Avengers #16 (May 1965)

There are over 100 members of The Avengers if you include all the various affiliations and separate story lines, such as West Coast Avengers, Post Inferno recruits, UN Charter recruits, Post-Heroes return recruits, New Avengers recruits (2005) etc.

Check out the links below for other Superheroes & Villains....and test your knowledge on the 100 Question Quiz...

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