Sunday, 31 March 2013
The Mammen Axe
I am sure my readers by now will appreciate the evolution of Thunor`s axe into the hammer and the fact that it was originally of course a stone implement. At the same time it was both a weapon and a tool carried by the Aryan Battle Ax people whose kings and high-status warriors were buried with polished stone axes. According to HR Ellis Davidson the famous Mammen Axe from 10th century CE Mammen in Denmark was a ceremonial axe and the top of the axe features a "face with staring eyes and beard". Apparently this was a "method of representing the thunder god. The serpent on the blade was associated with Thor. Thor`s symbol in the Viking Age was both an axe and a hammer".[Scandinavian Mythology] This iron axe inlaid with silver wire was according to Davidson "probably associated with the cult of Thor". Due to the precious nature of this axe it is unlikely to have been intended for use in battle. Mammen axe amulets are freely available to purchase and I wear a stainless steel version as a symbol of my loyalty to Thunor and the Gods of the North but also to our Aryan ancestors.