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Did Stan Lee of Marvel Comics invent the word MJOLNIR? - Origin

Posted by Kurt Noer on

Mjolnir (pronounced MEE-OL-neer): Thor's Hammer.

Recently I have been hearing that Stan "Lee" Leiber of Marvel Comics claimed that he invented the word mjolnir. Something about this just didn't sit right, so I did some further research.

In a 2002 documentary with Kevin Smith, Lee claimed that it was actually his younger brother (and Marvel business partner) Larry Leiber who invented the word. Marvel was also using the term "the Uru Hammer" and then first used the word mjolnir in the issue "Journey into Mystery" #83 (August 1962).

Others claim that the word was first invented and used by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby of DC Comics when they used the word (with a slightly different spelling: Mjolnar) in their issue "Adventure Comics" #75 (June 1942). In this issue, Thor was introduced as a new villain called, "The Villain from Valhalla".

Meanwhile I have heard from people who grew up in Sweden and Denmark that this word is taught in Nordic history books as an Old Norse word with origins going back to the 13th - 14th century.

Old Norse:
Mjöllnir, meaning "crusher", "hamarr" or "stone tool".

Do you have any further insight on this? Please comment below. sells viking jewelry and offers daily blog posts on all things viking related (news, history, artifacts...).


May 10, 2017

Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241) refers to Thors hammer by the name mjöllnir in the Prose Edda, a book on norse mythology.

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