This 10th Century bronze image of Thor was found in Akureyri, Iceland. It shows him in his characteristic pose grasping his hammer, Mjollnir. Thor was the Norse god of thunder, lightning, rain and agriculture and was the most popular of the Norse gods. Worhsip of Thor continued long into the Christian period. Thor's sacred emblem, the hammer was used to chelebrate weddings, funerals and was worn as amulets for good luck. Thor died at Rognarok, the Norse version of Armagedeon, in a battle with Jormungand, the serpent that encircles the earth. Although Thor won the battle with the serpent, he was mortally wounded and died afterwards from venom from its mouth.
This bronze statue is made in Sweden with the coopertation of the Icelandic State Museum. It stands 3 1/4 inches tall and weighs 9 oz.