Thor’s hammer in Norway. A symbol of reaction against the Christian cross?


Thor’s hammer in Norway. A symbol of reaction against the Christian cross?

By Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide

Old Norse religion in long-term perspectives. Origins, changes and interactions, eds. Anders Andrén, Kristina Jennbert, Catharina Raudvere (Nordic Academic Press, 2006)

Introduction: In my main project, I will try to trace the chronology of the conversion to Christianity of people in southern Norway on the basis of different types of archaeological material. The Thor’s hammer is an interesting type of object in this context, because it has normally been interpreted as a reaction against the Christian cross. Hence, occurrences of Thor’s hammers are likely to say something about where and when Christianity was established to an extent that it could provoke this type of reaction, but at the same time show that the non-Christian religion was still alive.

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