In the spring of 2014 spring, metal detectorist Torben Christjansen found a small amulet in Købelev on the Danish island of Lolland. One side of the hammer’s head is decorated with interlacing pattern, the other side with a runic inscription seven characters long.
This is the first Thor’s hammer amulet ever found inscribed with runes.
Examining it under a microscope, museum runologist Lisbeth Imer was able to translate the inscription and it resolves the hammer question in the bluntest terms possible: the runes read “Hmar x is ,” or in modern Danish “Hammer is” (the x isn’t a letter but a delimiter between two words). Translated into English the inscription simply says “This is a hammer.”
Whirling Sun is proud to offer a painstakingly crafted replica of this historic find. Though the original “HMAR” was made of bronze and silver plated, this replica is solid ancient Bronze. A thousand years of corrosion had left the original slightly asymmetrical, but this Hammer copy is square and true. Unlike the original, you will not need a sophisticated electron microscope to read the Danish (long branch) Younger Futhark runes.
“Hagall, Maðr, Ár, Reið, x, Isa, Sol.”
HMAR x IS
Measuring 2cm wide, and 2.5cm tall, this amulet is cast in ancient bronze using the lost wax casting method.
The hole through the top of the hammer will accept a cord or chain up to 4mm diameter. Necklace or chain not included.