Thursday November 8, was the premiere of the much anticipated movie of the year titled Thor: the dark world and Pepsi had injected in 2 million as a reward to anyone who would lift the Thor hammer replica.
Different people ranging from celebrities to high ranking officials flocked the Oasis mall based cinema hall The Hub to win the 2 million cash prize.
It was unfortunate that all who tried went home empty handed since they failed to lift the replica of Thor’s hammer.
What is the Thor’s Hammer?
Thor’s hammer is one of the best and certainly most iconic weapons in all of superherodom. It is also known as Mjölnir (pronounced mee-yol-near).
In the comics, Mjölnir is forged by Dwarven blacksmiths and is composed of a fictional Asgardian metal called “uru.”
Since there are no dwarven blacksmiths in real life (spoiler alert), master swordsmith and renowned propmaster Tony Swatton shows you how to actually make the Mjölnir in the ‘Thor 2’ movie.
While the cinematic inscription on Mjölnir states, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor,” the actual prop only weighs about 10-12 lbs.
Instead of using the fictional “uru,” this hammer is forged from Chromoly, a high-carbon steel alloy containing chromium and molybdenum.
In the ‘Thor 2’, it shows the process Swatton went through to recreate Mjölnir including a lot of things we don’t understand like tig welding and electrochemical etching. Whatever, the end result is awesome.