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!
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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