Bring the Hammer Down
UPDATE: Y’know that thing where computers work? Mine decided to… stop doing that. I spent most of Sunday trying to fix it (with some much-appreciated help from some friends of mine) but so far to no avail. And without it, I can’t edit/finish and update new comics. :\
So that’s where things stand for now. I’m going to keep trying to fix the problem, and if it’s not a problem that can be fixed, I’ll have to buy a new computer as soon as I can. Either way, I hope I’m back on my (digital) feet as soon as possible, but the comic is essentially on hiatus until that’s figured out. Thanks in advance for your patience – I’ll post another update here as soon as I can.
Extra Credit: Some backstory for this comic (and the one preceding it) can be found in the Norse myth “The Lay of Thrym”.
Thanks for checking in, gang! We’re gonna leave Thor in peril for a few days, I’m afraid, so be sure to check back Monday to see what happens next.
Two years ago today, “Welcome to Hereafter” officially launched with its first update on this website. I’d make a bigger deal out of it, but I don’t want to interrupt the story in progress, so here’s a little something to mark the occasion:
Thank you so much for all the support, everyone! Getting feedback and comments from so many of you has been fantastic, and knowing that people are reading and enjoying the comic is what keeps driving me to make more. Hopefully everyone digs where things go from here. 🙂
Explain to me how someone else can carry Thor’s hammer?
With some difficulty! Thrymr’s only able to lift it with both hands, and he’s not holding it particularly high at that.
And just since I know the Marvel version is more well-known these days, I might as well clarify for anyone reading that the Mjölnir of myth didn’t have any “worthiness” enchantment attached to it. If I’ve got the story straight, instead it was very heavy, so much so that Thor needed a special strength-boosting belt and gloves in order to wield it one-handed. (Though obviously I play a little fast and loose with that part… and really, with whatever suits me, for the sake of my own story. ;))
Thrymr was able to steal Mjölnir once before, which is what led to Thor killing him.
You’re pretty much spot on in your lore there. 🙂
As for Mjölnir (ancient word for “chrusher” and “lightning”).
The only real enchantments on it, is that it’s pretty much indestructible, it always hits it’s target and it can fly back to the wielders hand no matter how far it’s thrown, although it arrives at the wielders hand with quite a bit of force, which could be a problem for Thrymr in a moment.
It also works as a focus for Thor’s inherent lightning powers.
Oh, and it’s used to resurrect Thor’s goats, Tanngrisnir (Teeth-barer/snarler/growler) and Tanngnjóstr (Teeth-Grinder), both of whom ate raw meat rather than greens.
On an interesting sidenote – Thor was often considered the patron god of blacksmiths, even though I don’t think any edda describes him doing any smithing. Still, who knows, he might have some skills with metal which could come in handy .. like, say, a Tank is made of metal .. oh my. 🙂
Okay one more question. It has been brought to my attention that Hermes has moves Thor’s hammer as well. Meaning he had to have been able to lift it… how?
A good question… That will be explained eventually. 😉
It’s only in the american Marvel version that Mjölnir is so heavy that almost noone else can lift it.
Sure it’s heavy and all in the original lore too, for a normal human that is. But Loki did after all carry it back from the smiths, along with the golden rings, the spear and the flying boat, all at the same time.
I suspect Hermes is not as weak as a regular human.
I suspect that Hermes is not nearly as strong as Thor and Loki.