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Mjolnir, Hammer of Thor will be created in forged steel, high quality art prints, T-shirts, leather and gaming information.
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This project encompasses graphic art, metal work, leather work and gaming information.

Original graphic art will be created using pencil and/or pen and ink by the project graphic artist, David Gdula. David and I will collaborate so the graphic art represents the style and feel of the finished metal work. All prints will be signed by David.

The original art is now available. Check the backer rewards!

Here are some sketches:

Mjolnir pendants have been popular in the Scandinavian, Norse, Celtic and Baltic countries for centuries. These will be forged by the project smith, Todd Gdula.

Below is a prototype pendant with engraving that says "Thor" in Old Futhark Norse:

Leather bracelets and amulets featuring Old Futhark Norse runes and custom leather stamps made for this project.

The text around the image says:

Outer ring: Thor Odinson, God of Thunder, Wielder of the Hammer Mjolnir

Middle ring: Defender of the Realm of Asgard, Slayer of the Midgard Serpent Jörmungandr

Inner ring: Bearer of Meginjord, Wearer of Jarngreiper, Namesake of the Fifth Day

Up to three will be made depending on backing. I have obtained three antique sledge hammer heads. Two are eight pounds and one is eleven pounds. I estimate the two smaller heads to be 50-75 years old and the larger to be about 100 years or more. All three have been exposed to the elements and will require a considerable amount of cleanup and reworking. I deliberately set about finding antique tools rather than buying new steel to make the hammers. In my opinion giving new life to these old tools makes this project much more interesting. 

Once the final designs have been imagined by David and I and committed to paper, I will forge, grind, blue, engrave, etch, carve and inlay as needed. Hardwood will be selected for the handles, which will be carved and may have inlay and poured in place pewter according to the final design. These will be created by the project smith, Todd Gdula.

Below are the actual hammer heads that will be used in the project. The forging and finishing techniques used will make them unrecognizable as having been made from these antique heads. They have huge surfaces that will become a canvass for embellishment:

Here's a video of the hammer head in the middle in the picture above being annealed. There is more information in update #17.

A video of some shop time on this project. More description of what's going on in update #19.

Forging Mjolnir and Midgard Serpent pendants.

Watching Vikings on the History Channel? Interested in Norse mythology? This is the Kickstarter for you!

We've met a stretch goal, and Jim Pinto has graciously added a PDF covering stats for Thor and Mjolnir as well as GM advice and three levels of power (from low-fantasy through high-fantasy). jim also did the snazzy banners on this page.

This just in from jim:

"For just $2 your name will be immortalized in the Mjolnir's Legacy PDF. For another $2 ($4 total) you can immortalize one resting place of the fabled hammer. For another $2 ($6 total) you can name a pretender hammer to Thor's legacy, clearly an inferior weapon, but one that treasure-seekers… uh… seek."

There is no item to choose for this - you can just add it to your pledge and we'll be in contact to square it away after funding ends.

If we can get 30 backers for the PDF, jim will add some old school stats. At 50 backers for the PDF jim will cover the fate of the hammer.

New Goal Added and Met!

At $2000:

World famous jim pinto (he's allergic to caps) will write a 6-page PDF for the Pathfinder roleplaying game. It will include stats for Thor, Mjolnir, and GM advice on using the hammer. It will be available at the $5 reward level!

The PDF is now available as a reward!

New Goal Added and Met!

At $2500:

A forged Jörmungandr (Midgard Serpent) pendant will be added at the $30 reward level!

Add Ons Are Welcome!

Pledge for the total amount of the rewards you want, and we'll communicate at the end of the project to make sure you get what you pledged for. All shipping in the USA is free.

Buyers Outside the USA

The same applies, but only add shipping costs for the item with the highest shipping. All additional items get free shipping.

Risks and challenges

This project goes in several directions. It will be a challenge to keep the 2d and 3d aspects moving in parallel. It may also be challenging to create large numbers of hand forged pendants.

I do this kind of work full time and will be able to dedicate as much time as needed to see it to successful completion. Good communication will overcome the challenge of keeping the two halves of the project moving in the same direction.

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    FAN of ASGARD - You will receive a hearty

    "Thank you (your name here)!"

    which I will roar to the squirrels outside my forge. I will wag a finger at and firmly rebuke any neighbors who complain.

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    ACQUAINTANCE of THOR - Backers will receive a post card sized print of Thor wielding Mjolnir created by the project graphic artist, David Gdula.

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    DENIZEN of ASGARD - Backers will receive a post card sized print of Mjolnir created by the project graphic artist, David Gdula.

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    MJOLNIR'S LEGACY. A 6-page PDF supplement for use with your fantasy roleplaying with stats for Thor and Mjolnir, including game information for Pathfinder. With GM advice and three levels of power (from low-fantasy through high-fantasy). Written by jim pinto (have I mentioned he's allergic to capital letters?).

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    SUPPORTER of THOR - Backers will receive a post card sized print of Mjolnir in Thor's hand identical to the T-shirt graphics created by the project graphic artist, David Gdula.

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    SUPPORTER of ASGARD - Backers will receive an 8.5 x 11 print of Mjolnir created by the project graphic artist, David Gdula.

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    FRIEND of THOR - Backers will receive a 8.5 x 11 print of Thor wielding Mjolnir created by the project graphic artist, David Gdula.

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    PATRON of ASGARD - Backers will receive a 8.5 x 11 print of Mjolnir in Thor's hand identical to the T-shirt graphics created by the project graphic artist, David Gdula.

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    SEEKER of THOR's POWER - Backers will receive a leather bracelet with a carved Mjolnir and runes created by the project smith, Todd Gdula.

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    ADMIRER of the HAMMER - Backers will receive a leather amulet with a carved Mjolnir, runes, and a leather cord created by the project smith, Todd Gdula.

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    PROUD DENIZEN of ASGARD - Backers will receive a graphic T-shirt designed by the project graphic artist, David Gdula. T-shirts will be available in a variety of sizes ranging from Youth XS through 4XL. The shirt graphics will consist of Mjolnir in Thor's hand.

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    THUNDERER in TRAINING - Backers will receive a forged steel Mjolnir pendant on a leather cord created by the project smith, Todd Gdula. Many Scandinavians wear these pendants today.

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    MIDGARD DEFENDER - Backers will receive a forged steel Jörmungandr (Midgard Serpent) pendant on a leather cord.

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    THUNDERER in ADVANCED TRAINING - Backers will receive a forged steel Mjolnir pendant with engraved or hot cut runes on a leather cord created by the project smith, Todd Gdula. Many Scandinavians wear these pendants today.

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    PATRON of the HAMMER - The lone backer at this level will receive the original final art depicting Mjolnir. The piece will be 14" x 17" and signed by the artist, David Gdula.

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    WIELDER of the HAMMER - The lone backer at this level will receive the original final art of Mjolnir in Thor's hand. The piece will be 14" x 17" and signed by the artist, David Gdula.

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    BROTHER of THOR - The lone backer at this level will receive the original final art of Thor wielding Mjolnir. The piece will be 14" x 17" and signed by the artist, David Gdula.

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    SIDEKICK of THOR - The pair of backers at this level will receive replicas of Mjolnir weighing 8-9 pounds when complete. The following techniques may be included in it's design: Forging, steel carving, engraving, etching, bluing, wood carving and metal inlay.

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    THOR ODINSON, PRINCE of ASGARD, THUNDERER - The lone backer at this level will receive the project centerpiece. I will maintain overall creative direction, but the backer will be in contact with me and have creative input. This piece will weigh 10-12 pounds when complete and the following techniques may be included in it's design: Forging, steel carving, engraving, etching, bluing, wood carving and metal inlay.

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Funding period

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