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Who were the weapons-makers for the Norse gods?

Dwarfs, mostly. Some particular examples: Gungnir: created by the Sons of Ivaldi (Prose Edda, p 145) Loki went to those dwarves who are called Ívaldi's Sons; and they made the hair, and ...
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Was the Mjölnir usable by only the worthy?

As your quote shows, the story of it's creation makes no such specification. If stealing it qualifies as "using" (I believe, in the the Marvel universe, simply lifting the hammer qualifies), the ...
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Who were the weapons-makers for the Norse gods?

Many weapons were made by dwarfs. Brokk and Eiti (Sindri) made Mjölnir (Thor's hammer) according to the Prose Edda and Odin's spear Gungnir which the dwarfs originally gave to Loki.
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Who were the weapons-makers for the Norse gods?

Norse gods didn't have a "smith" god (like the Greek god Hephaestus or his Roman counterpart Vulcan). In spite of being polytheists they didn't divide every aspect of their lives in the way that other ...
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Who made Mjölnir?

Direct quote from the wikipedia article of Mjölnir hammer of Thor, a major Norse god associated with thunder. Mjölnir is depicted in Norse mythology as one of the most fearsome weapons, capable of ...
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Who made Mjölnir?

If you look in Faulkes' translation of the Poetic Edda the story can be found on pp. 96-7, in the section of Skaldskaparmal that explains kennings for gold. The story begins when Loki cuts off the ...
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Did ancient Egyptian gods have weapons like the Greek gods?

The only particular weapon given more than passing mention that I can find is Isis's harpoon in The Contendings of Horus and Seth (part of the Papyrus Chester Beatty I), which she makes herself from ...
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Zeus' Lightning Bolt

Zeus didn't have a single individual weapon, like Þor's Mjǫllnir, which would come back to him after each strike—instead, most depictions have him hurling a new lightning bolt each time, which is ...
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Is it true that Norse mythology gods are almost the same as mortals without their weapons?

Short answer: Not really, but closer than many other gods. Long answer: The Norse gods are generally not all-powerful; they can and they will die. They also seem to rely on Thor's hammer Mjölnir to ...
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Did ancient Egyptian gods have weapons like the Greek gods?

It was fairly typical for Indo-European gods to have associated weapons or tools. For example, Thor's hammer and Lugh's spear. Vishnu, having 4 arms, can dual-wield a club and a oddjob-esque death ...
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Was there meant to be a connection or comparison between Poseidon's trident and Hades's bident?

According to Wikipedia The Romans drew on Etruscan traditions for the interpretation of these signs. A tile found at Urbs Salvia in Picenum depicts an unusual composite Jove, "fairly bristling ...
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Could the weapons of the gods be used against them?

Apparently yes, their weapons could be used against them, although I have only ever encountered one example of this in the ancient sources,✭ specifically in Apollodorus' Library 1.6.3, wherein Zeus is ...
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Citations for Fragarach in Irish Mythology?

Although it's Manannan's sword, Lugh wears it in the story of The Fate of the Children of Tuireann. He has Manannan's horse, lorica (breastplate) and his sword, probably because Manannan fostered him. ...
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Zeus' Lightning Bolt

Zeus' thunderbolt in ancient times was often depicted as a single weapon. It was usually depicted as a winged flaming staff with lightning wrapped around it (although the lighting then was different ...
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Was the Grim Reaper originally depicted with a scythe or a sickle?

in greek mythology, the king of the titans, Chronos, carried a sickle. cronus, the harvesting god, carried a scythe. The grim reaper was a combination of the two and carried a sickle.
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Why does Perseus carry a sickle instead of a sword?

I believe that it was to show how like Cronus, Perseus, was killing a monster for power. In Cronus's case he became king of the Titans and in Perseus's case he eventually became king of his true ...
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