VIDEO: Scientist Estimates Weight of Thor’s Hammer

VIDEO: Scientist Estimates Weight of Thor’s Hammer

Pop-culture's favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to weigh in on a classic comic technical question: How much does Mjölnir, Thor’s magic hammer, really weigh?

The short answer? 300 Billion Elephants, or 4.5 quadrillion (4,500,000,000,000,000) pounds. Of course being a scientist, he doesn't factor in whether the magical component to the Uru makes it that heavy ONLY when an "unworthy" person tries to lift it, or if it weighs that much all the time.

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FanBoyBlack - 2/8/2013, 9:36 AM
Thank you!
thalidomide - 2/8/2013, 9:40 AM
What ckal said.
Seejay - 2/8/2013, 9:41 AM
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a real world superhero. :)
thorhulk77 - 2/8/2013, 9:43 AM

GodzillaKart - 2/8/2013, 9:45 AM
@ckal: Well, that's true in the comics, but in legend it is super heavy, which is why Thor needs a magic belt of strength to lift it.

Regardless, Neil deGrasse Tyson is awesome.
thorhulk77 - 2/8/2013, 9:45 AM
But I think this scientist is referring to the movie, in which Odin says it was forged in the heart of a dying star. He clearly says "in" not from.
Seejay - 2/8/2013, 9:46 AM
True. And didn't really like the part in the movie "being forged in a dying star". This (the fantasy element) is cooler:

GodzillaKart - 2/8/2013, 9:46 AM
But he does make a crucial mistake. It isn't made from a collapsing star, it's forged in the heart of a dying star.
AztecRainGod - 2/8/2013, 9:46 AM
He must mean that this is the calculated weight when the unworthy try and lift the hammer, but he would be wrong. It is likely much more than that, and perhaps immeasurable.

Superman was able to lift the hammer in a crossover series, but after the bad guy was deafeated, he tried lifting it again, but could not, since he was no longer worthy.

According to many websites, Thor weighs about 650 lbs, since hes about 3 times denser than a human ( I dont agree with that, he must be FAR denser than 3 times a human in order to be as invulnerable as he is)

So if Mjolnir were made of earthly iron, it would probably weigh about 50 lbs, so its reasonable to assume it weighs about 150lbs, 3 times the normal weight of earthly iron.

spidey1994 - 2/8/2013, 9:47 AM
WellDrawn - 2/8/2013, 9:48 AM
The only way to justify the hammers weight in the MCU is to use the 'worthy' excuse.

Otherwise there's no way the Helicarrier itself could handle that much weight when it was laying on the ground.
NightForce - 2/8/2013, 9:50 AM
The dwarves forged it in a dying star...
Also Thor's hammer isn't that heavy. It's probably pretty weighty, but not THAT much. It only feels that heavy to those who are unworthy.
didich - 2/8/2013, 9:50 AM

Exactly, what I thought.
IronDean2099 - 2/8/2013, 9:50 AM
It's actual weight should be indeterminable. It's only heavy to those who can't lift it because of magical incantations, not because of physical mass. It would, presumably, weigh an amount appropriate to it's size and material to those who can lift it, but this is not the case as other heroes who are not as strong as Thor have lifted it with the same apparent effort as him. It would not be weightless to those who are worthy, however because you need a certain amount of weight to use it in combat correctly.
On the other hand, it's a FICTIONAL AND MYSTICAL HAMMER that can't be measured by any means or logic.
AztecRainGod - 2/8/2013, 9:50 AM
Great point, wellDrawn.
Seejay - 2/8/2013, 9:55 AM
Neil deGrasse Tyson:

Shadowelfz - 2/8/2013, 9:58 AM
But didn't Hulk pick it up at some point?
Shadowelfz - 2/8/2013, 9:59 AM
But didn't Hulk pick it up at some point? And besides Neil is just having fun here, not being really serious. God bless him he makes physics entertaining.
thorhulk77 - 2/8/2013, 10:13 AM

He has never lifted it in mainstream continuity. The only time Hulk lifted it was in that trash Ultimates movie.
JatevinM - 2/8/2013, 10:21 AM
I think in the hands of a worthy person Mjolner is actually weightless
marvel72 - 2/8/2013, 10:25 AM
@ jatevinm

exactly captain america has lifted it but he couldn't lift 300 billion elephants.
SkaarJones - 2/8/2013, 10:29 AM
If it was 4.5 quadrillion lbs, Superman would always be able to lift it. Hulk would lift it if he got angry enough. Captain America would never have been able to lift it. Strong magic makes it liftable/unliftable like an access list on a router filtering who can use it. Superman was not unworthy after he used it, Thor explained that Odin was no idiot. He had a dynamic access-list with a time limit on it. If it only got heavier, Superman would still lift it.
SkaarJones - 2/8/2013, 10:31 AM
Tony93 - 2/8/2013, 10:37 AM
it doesnt matter the wieght right?

it only is controlled by who is worthy..


Unliftable.. right?
SkaarJones - 2/8/2013, 10:38 AM
How much does it weigh here?
Nomadic1 - 2/8/2013, 10:39 AM
NDT has awesome power. Remember, this is the man that destroyed Pluto....well, in a way :)
SkaarJones - 2/8/2013, 10:40 AM
@Tony93 - Right. In fact, the time limit imposed for Superman to hold it is not really seen elsewhere.
Angelus - 2/8/2013, 10:41 AM
Norwegian dolt? [frick] him!

NovaCorpsFan - 2/8/2013, 10:42 AM
@Gusto lol, it's as though Marvel just went "[frick] you christianity!"
Moakynubs - 2/8/2013, 10:49 AM
Lol whoever tried to figure it out doesn't get it. It's not heavy. It's just made so that it can only be lifted by Thor. Otherwise Hulk would be able to lift it.
ThePowerCosmic - 2/8/2013, 11:08 AM
What a nerdy article!
ThePowerCosmic - 2/8/2013, 11:08 AM
Even for a comic book site!
DioFoRio - 2/8/2013, 11:20 AM
yer so cool brewster
Seejay - 2/8/2013, 11:48 AM
@ELgUaSoN - 2/8/2013, 11:03 AM

Neil deGrasse Tyson: "The Most Astounding Fact"
Bojac - 2/8/2013, 11:59 AM
Captain America lifted it, thus proving Neil Degrasse Tyson ain't so a smart. Infact he a stoopid.
Marqy - 2/8/2013, 12:13 PM
How much do Odins words weigh ?

Well not as much as the words of some of the posters here ... at least they think so
xinstituto - 2/8/2013, 12:57 PM
Its not heavy, its just unremovable by people who do deserve
cyked - 2/8/2013, 1:27 PM
Ummm... no... if it weighed that much, he would never be able to set it down on anything. Table, chair, floor... nothing would be able to withstand the weight of it. He would constantly be summoning it from about a mile buried beneath the Earth's crust.
lostrojo - 2/8/2013, 1:58 PM
but can he work out how much Odins left testicle weighs? hmmm
dnno1 - 2/8/2013, 2:45 PM
4.5 quintillion pound is about 2.3 trillion tons. Superman can easily lift that.

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