Thor has a hammer. With the popularity of the Avengers movies most people know Thor is equipped with a war hammer. The name of that hammer is Mjolnir. There have been and still are other versions of this hammer in the Marvel Universe.
Some have Odin’s worthiness enchantment and others do not. The common characteristic of these hammers is their enhancement of whoever wields it. Everyone of them adds some kind of power to the user. Let’s discuss the different versions of Mjolnir.
What is Mjolnir?
Mjolnir is a fictional weapon appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. It is depicted as the favored weapon of the superhero Thor. Mjolnir first appears in Journey into Mystery #83 (August 1962). It was created by writer Stan Lee and designed by artists Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.
Mjolnir was typically depicted as a large, square-headed gray lump hammer. It has a short, round handle wrapped in brown leather with a looped lanyard. The object is based on Mjölnir, the weapon of the mythological Thor.
Mjolnir was forged by Dwarven blacksmiths and is composed of the fictional Asgardian metal Uru. The hammer was enchanted by Odin with the inscription “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” This makes the hammer wieldable ONLY by those who are worthy.
Other versions of Mjolnir
There have been many other versions/replicas of Mjolnir. Roger “Red” Norvell originally is able to best Thor and take Mjolnir. He later returns Mjolnir and is presented with his own hammer called “Crusher”.
Beta Ray Bill also beats Thor in battle…twice. He has every right to claim Mjolnir, but he doesn’t. Odin is so impressed with Beta Ray Bill he gives him his own hammer called Stormbreaker.
Eric Masterson becomes the superhero named Thunderstrike. The Mjolnir type weapon he uses is more of a mace than a hammer. He names it Thunderstrike.
Ororo Munroe (Storm) is presented a version of Mjolnir called Stormcaster. She later learns Loki is trying to manipulate her through the hammer so she destroys it.
Thorlief Golmen (Ultimate Thor) has a version of Mjolnir that is a hammer/axe type weapon.
There are many other versions of Mjolnir. Each with varying degrees of power bestowed upon the wielder. Some have the worthiness enchantment, others do not. But rest assured, each version is a very formidable weapon.