In the Halo series the Master Chief (Spartan John-117) wears a suit of armor called the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor.

Image of the "MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor" from the Halo game series

I'm wondering whether this use of "MJOLNIR" has anything to do with the Mjölnir from Norse mythology or Thor?

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    Mjolnir was in Norse mythology way before he appeared in any Marvel comics or movies.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Sep 27 '16 at 23:55
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    @RogueJedi Yeah but Thor visited Earth and started the Norse mythology, ha checkmate!
    – Kevin
    Sep 28 '16 at 9:24
  • It should also be considered that Halo itself takes place on Earth (or partially so) and contains all of its history. Nov 15 '21 at 3:27

It's likely named after Thor's hammer from Norse mythology. Nothing I can find implies it has any relation to the Marvel weapon specifically.

Halo has a history of similarly-named armor components.

For example:

Many of the names of armor in the series appear to be inspired by mythology and history.

Halo armor

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    As another example, the maps Ragnarok and Valhalla stand out in particular. Sep 28 '16 at 9:38
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    The Spartans in Haloverse are raised on the history of various warriors. They're literally named after the ancient Spartans. Calling the armor Mjolnir acknowledges that the suit is a tool, a weapon in its own right.
    – Broklynite
    Sep 28 '16 at 10:48
  • @Broklynite: re "Spartan" Hah somehow I never even thought of that. Duh. Sep 29 '16 at 12:02
  • It makes a bit more sense if you read Fall of Reach.
    – Broklynite
    Sep 29 '16 at 15:36

As I recall correctly it's "explained" in Fall of Reach. The similarity with Thor's hammer is that only "worthy" can use it. (as in Norse mythology depicted in various cartoons and Marvel universe) When normal marine was test driving this armor he was crushed since his reflexes weren't fast enough.

Spartans came through whole augmentation process where their physical strength, brain processing power etc. were increased way over normal human capabilities and they had genetic predisposition to begin with.

Well that is until Spartan III-IV programs where they tried to make whole process less expensive. Therefore armor had to be adapted to be used by less augmented personnel.

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    "as in Norse mythology": I don't believe this quality comes into the mythology, see this, on Mythology.SE.
    – femtoRgon
    Sep 28 '16 at 15:22
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    thanks for this information, edited. It usually is depicted like this in cartoons and in marvel universe. Sep 29 '16 at 11:50
  • @RoughTomato: Norse Mythology and "cartoons"/"the Marvel universe" are not the same thing. You know that Thor/Norse mythology predates Marvel by hundreds of years, yeah? Sep 29 '16 at 12:03
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    I do realize that. Don't get the point of your comment though. Question was wether it was related to one depicted in Thor series, not "is it related to the original Norse mythology". As for the fact that it's often depicted differently. Well, that's not my fault. No need to be unpleasant about it. Sep 29 '16 at 13:10

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