“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor” ―Odin’s enchantment on Mjolnir.
Mjolnir (literally, “grinder” as in “grindstone”, cf. ‘meal’ to “Mjöl”) is an enchanted hammer and a weapon of Thor-the God of Thunder. It is said to be an indestructible weapon and gives tremendous powers to Thor. With the help of Mjolnir, Thor can manipulate weather and control the base elements of rain, thunder, wind, and, most importantly lightning. It also aids him in flying at a tremendous speed of roughly 770 miles per hour. He can also use Mjolnir to project his most powerful attack known as the God-Blast. It is also one of the most famous and recognized Marvel weapons and fans’ favorite at par with the shield of Captain America.
But one thing that amused many Thor fans is, What is the triquetra symbol embedded on the Mjolnir in the Marvel movies? Go nowhere, Thor fans. This article will explain everything related to the Triquetra symbol on the Mjolnir.
First, let us discuss What is a Triquetra before moving further to see its meaning on the Mjolnir in MCU.
What Is a Triquetra?
A Triquetra is one of the most popular triple knot designs. The word Triquetra means three-cornered. The symbol consists of three interlaced arcs representing unity, protection, and everlasting life. It is a knot-like formation with three ends, usually placed inside a circle. It is also considered a symbol of charm. Norse pagans used the Triquetra on pendants that resembled MCU’s Triquetra symbol embedded on Mjolnir.
Origin of the Triquetra Symbol
The word Triquetra derives from a Latin word, which means three corners. Triquetra may have originated from Norse or Germanic origins, but the exact origin is unknown. Some believed it to be first found on the Indian Heritage sites almost 5000 years ago. Another theory suggests it was carved on runestones in Northern Europe in the 8th century AD. It also appeared on early Lycian and Germanic coins from the 8th century AD.
A Triquetra has appeared in many places, but one of the most popular and recognized appearances is on the weapon of God of Thunder known as Mjolnir.
Meaning of Triquetra Symbol on Thor’s Mjolnir
In the MCU, The Triquetra symbol usually appears as engraved on the weapon of Thor – Mjolnir in Marvel movies. The Triquetra is one of the Asgardian runes closely related to Odin’s magic and similar to other Asgardian symbols: Odin’s Valknut symbol and the Horn Triskelion in the movie. It is a triangular figure formed by three overlapping arcs. These arcs represent three of the nine realms: Asgard, Midgard, and Utgard.
In the movie, the Triquetra symbol portrays the enchantment done by Odin on Mjolnir so that only the person deemed to be worthy can wield the Mjolnir.
Now we have seen the meaning of the Triquetra symbol on Mjolnir, so let us see Why MCU chose to embed this symbol on Mjolnir?
How Mjolnir Got the Triquetra Symbol?
The Comic version of Mjolnir does not have the Triquetra symbol on it. MCU purposely skipped the written enchantment on the Mjolnir and chose to replace it with the Triquetra symbol. Marvel used it to increase the aesthetic look of Mjolnir and make it different from its comic version.
In the MCU, the symbol does not have a specific meaning in the movie. It is one of many Asgardian runes used as decorating props in Asgard and is closely related to Odin and his magic. So it was a perfect fit because of its origin from Norse rune and being associated with Odin. The Triquetra symbol proved to be the ideal replacement for the written enchantment of Odin on the Mjolnir.
We saw the meaning of the Triquetra on Mjolnir. Now let us discuss the denotation of the written enchantment embedded on Mjolnir in Thor Comics:
Meaning of Enchantment Written on Thor’s Mjolnir in Comics
The Enchantment on Mjolnir: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” is done by Odin, the father of Thor. The enchantment means that if someone is worthy enough to lift and hold the Mjolnir, then he/she will possess all the powers of Thor-the God of Thunder.
Further, let us move forward and see where MCU has used this Triquetra symbol in their movies.
The Triquetra Symbol in the Marvel Movies
Marvel has shown the Triquetra Symbol in a few places in the latest Thor movie: Ragnarok, as discussed below:
Meeting of Thor and Doctor Strange
When Thor goes to Earth in search of his father Odin, he meets Doctor Strange, who helps Thor in search of his father. He uses Thor’s hair strand to cast a magical spell with his hands and form a Triquetra symbol to open a portal to Norway so that Thor can go to Norway to meet his father for the last time.
Hela Resurrecting Her Undead Army
The Triquetra symbol appeared again in Thor: Ragnarok when Hela resurrects her undead army. In one scene, when she uses the eternal flame to revive her dead army, we could see the Triquetra symbol printed on the bottom of the vault in Asgard.
We have talked a lot about Mjolnir. Now let us see if Stormbreaker, another weapon of Thor, is as ancient as Mjolnir or not.
Is Stormbreaker Also a Part of the Norse Mythology?
Stormbreaker does not belong to Norse mythology. It was created by legendary comic writer Walt Simmons in 1984, who had worked at Marvel Comics as a writer. Although it may have been influenced by one of the weapons from Norse mythology, it is not related to nor a part of it, unlike Mjolnir.
That is all from our side, Marvel fans. Hopefully, we managed to explain the meaning of the Triquetra symbol in all its essence.