How Thor got his hammer – Scott A. Mellor
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How Thor got his hammer – Scott A. Mellor


Loki the mischief-maker, was writhing
uncomfortably in Thor’s iron grip. The previous night, while the rest of the
gods slept, he’d snuck up on Thor’s wife Sif and shorn off her beautiful hair. It’d seemed like a funny
prank at the time, but now Thor was about to
break every bone in his body. Loki had to think of some
way to fix what he’d done. Yet who could replace Sif’s matchless
hair, golden like a field of summer wheat? The dwarves! – their legendary
smiths could make anything. So Loki rushed to their realm,
deep within the mountains of the earth. Even before he arrived, the wily Loki was
already scheming how he would get the
dwarves to do his bidding. He decided that his best bet was to pit
two families against each other. He first visited the masterful
sons of Ivaldi. He told them that their rivals,
a pair of brothers named Brokk and Eitri, had claimed that they were the best
craftsmen in the world and were determined to prove
it in a competition. The rules were that each family had to
create three gifts for the gods, including, for the Ivaldis, golden hair. Then Loki visited Brokk and Eitri,
and told them the same thing, only now claiming that the sons
of Ivaldi had issued the challenge. But Brokk and Eitri couldn’t
be fooled so easily, and only agreed to participate
if Loki put his own head on the line. Literally—if Brokk and Eitri won,
Loki would forfeit his head to them. Loki had no choice but to agree,
and to save himself had to find a way to make sure the sons of
Ivaldi emerged victorious. Both sets of dwarves got to work. Eitri set Brokk to man the bellows and
told him not to stop for any reason, or the treasures would be ruined. Soon a strange black fly
flew into the room. As a piece of pigskin was placed in the
forge, the fly stung Brokk’s hand, but he didn’t flinch. Next, while Eitri worked a block of gold,
the fly bit Brokk on the neck. The dwarf carried on. Finally, Eitri placed a piece
of iron in the furnace. This time the fly landed right on Brokk’s
eyelid and bit as hard as it could. And for just a split second,
Brokk’s hand left the bellows. That’s all it took; their final treasure
hadn’t stayed in the fire long enough. Loki now reappeared in his normal form,
overjoyed by their failure, and accompanied the dwarves to present
their treasures to the gods. First, Loki presented the treasures
from the sons of Ivaldi. Their golden hair bound to Sif’s
head and continued to grow, leaving her even more radiant than before. Next, for Odin the all-father, a magnificent spear that could
pierce through anything. And finally a small cloth that unfolded
into a mighty ship built for Freyr, god of the harvest. Then Brokk presented the treasures
made by him and his brother. For Freyr they’d forged
a golden-bristled boar who’d pull Freyr’s chariot across
the sky faster than any mount. For Odin, a golden arm ring which would
make eight more identical rings on every ninth night. And for Thor, a hammer called Mjolnir. Its handle was too short,
and Loki smirked at the obvious defect. But then Brokk revealed its abilities. Mjolnir would never shatter,
never miss its mark and always return
to Thor’s hand when thrown. Despite the short handle, the gods all
agreed this was the finest gift of all. Remembering what was at stake, Loki tried
to flee, but Thor reached him first. But before the dwarves could have their due, clever Loki pointed out that they had won
the rights to his head, but not his neck, and thus had no right to cut it. All begrudgingly admitted the truth in that,
but Brokk would have the last laugh. Taking his brother’s awl,
he pierced it through Loki’s lips and sewed his mouth shut, so the trickster god could no longer
spread his malicious deceit. Yet the irony was not lost on the gods. For it was Loki’s deceit that had brought
them these fine treasures and given Thor the hammer
for which he’s still known today.

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100 thoughts on “How Thor got his hammer – Scott A. Mellor

  1. He was trying to forge a hammer but realized he already had a hammer,that’s what i think

    or thought

  2. Oh my God how can you call something which humans have created
    themselves Gods you fools,all of you! You pagans.There is only one God, how many prophets have he sent upon you just to tell you that?he has given you a big brain for a reason USE IT!!!

  3. You know, the dwarves could have cut off Loki's head right above his jaw. Then they would've had his head without touching his neck

  4. I read a book titled The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris and remembered what happened so as I watched the video, I was narrating along with it. I gotta say, the way the book told that tale was pretty funny.

  5. Loki:U can't cut my neck!!!Hahaha
    Brokk: (sew Loki 's mouth)
    at night.
    Meh: (dyes Loki's hair blue)
    Loki:WHO DYE MY HAIR BLUE?!?!?!?!
    Meh: Hehehe>;)

  6. The next Thor story should be the one where Thor and Loki dress as women and and then Thor marries an Ogre. LOL

  7. Then what about captain america? It would return to him. And thor has his hammer while loki has his mouth at movies. How?

  8. We all know that Thor lost his hammer to Hela so he got his new Stormbreaker axe made by Eitri on Nivadellir to get revenge on Thanos

  9. …..
    Odin- hey son, have this hammer to be a cool God and marketable Chris Hemsworth some day.

    Thor- sweet.

  10. yo loki couldve made her hair into a wig or tracks lets not act like white people dont wear wear fake hair xD (edit) what type of fly …oh

  11. No Thor went back in time to get the ether and when he was about to leave he summoned his (before broken) hammer and said I'm still worthy

  12. I want an enchanted frying pan, it’s like mjolnir but not lightning, it fries opponents, and it always comes back

  13. El martillo de Thor, fue Loki
    Y la lanza de Odín, fue Loki
    Este barco también fue Loki
    Me vuelves muy Loki

    Le cosieron la boca a Loki
    Porque suele cagarla, Loki
    Casi siempre lo arregla, Loki
    Rimamos con Loki

    Only spanish speakers will understand.

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