Large Icelandic Thor's Hammer Wolf Cross
This intriguing Icelandic Viking pendant, also known as a Thor's hammer cross or wolf cross, is something of a mystery. I have copied this, my large version, from the well-known original Icelandic find, changing the size and form slightly.
Many people interpret it as a Thor's hammer, with a cross cut in its centre to increase its power of protection.
Others see it as a christian cross (a cross of St. Peter) that simply seems to hang like a hammer.
It could also come from the time of the conversion of Iceland to Christianity, when it was illegal to worship the old gods in public, but permissible in private. This pendant would then have the public appearance of a cross, but privately symbolised a Thor's hammer.
Whatever its origin, this pendant still remains a powerful symbol for us today.
For me as a craftsman it is also meaningful: it is the oldest of the pieces that we still produce and it is often copied by pirate producers so beware!