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Crafted by the dwarfs Brokk and Eitri and enchanted by the king of the Norse gods Odin.
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|Unknown, but cannot be lifted by those deemed unworthy by Odin.|
Mjolnir is capable of granting its possessor the physical powers of Thor as well as control of the elements of weather (wind, rain, snow, fog, thunder and lightning), project or absorb mystical energies, open dimensional portals, enable flight when thrown without releasing the handle thong; always returning to the wielder when thrown and can not be lifted by any being deemed unworthy by Odin. Additional enchantments have included a spell of concealment which mask the shape of the hammer as an ordinary walking stick, and transforms the wielder into a mortal form. This enchantment has been removed and transferred to the hammer Storm Breaker.
Avengers Vol. 1, 2 & 3
Journey into Mystery Vol. 1
Mighty Thor Vol. 1 & 2
|Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug. 1962)|
|Stan Lee & Jack Kirby|
According to ancient Norse mythology, Mjolnir and other great weapons and ornaments were crafted by the dwarfs Brokk and Eitri as a wager, instigated by the trickster Loki, to see which was the better smith.
Loki was desperate to replace the hair of Thor's wife Sif, whom he cut off as a prank, but he had no money to pay the dwarfs. He wagered his head that they could not create the wondrous things he described, including hair of gold for the lady Sif. After the items were wrought the dwarfs took them to the gods for inspection and payment. When Odin declared that he had approved no such deal, the dwarfs demanded the head of Loki, to which the gods did not object.
Ever the cleaver trickster, Loki agreed that he had wagered his head but not his neck, when one of the dwarfs attempted to cleave it from his shoulders with a sword. Although their revenge was thwarted, the dwarfs sewed Loki's mouth shut and the gods had a time of peace and quite from the god of evil.