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In the Thor movies, I noticed a symbol of Triquetra. This can be seen on Mjolnir. For example, we can see triquetra symbol on Mjolnir. [I'm pretty sure that I have seen it in the movies too but couldn't find it right now.]

Mjolnir

Image taken from this website

This same symbol is also shown in Thor : Ragnarok film when Hela destroys the ceiling and tells her story to the executioner before she resurrects the army of dead. So, there is an importance to this symbol according to Asgardians.

After reading some articles on the internet, I came to know that different cultures interpret this symbol differently and have different meanings.

What does this symbol mean with respect to Asgardian culture?

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That symbol represent the enchantment done by Odin:

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But the symbol disappear/submerge after the enchantment done as you can see in video below too:

In comics, it was written enchantment:

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Film version replaced it with Triquetra on one side.

Even original Mjollnir is depicted with similar symbol to from Norse mythology sometime to:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir

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    In Christianity, the symbol represents the holy trinity. Similarly,is there any sybolism for the trinity knot in Norse mythology too? – Tyrion Lannister Dec 18 '17 at 2:15
  • @NogShine norse do use symbol like this and a similar one called Valknut – Steve Harrington Dec 18 '17 at 3:27
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In-universe, the symbol doesn't have any specific meaning; it's one of many Asgardian runes that we see decorating the props. This one seems to be closely linked to Odin's magic, which would fit with it's presumed historical origin as a Nordic rune.

Norse culture used a number of these three-lobe style icons. The Triquetra, in particular, appears to be related to Odin, along with two other very similar looking symbols of Odin: the Valknut and the Horn Triskelion:

Triqueta Valknut Horn Triskelion

Much of the visuals from the Thor movies and Asgard, in general, are replicas of ancient Celtic/Norse symbology -- or at least what we currently believe to be ancient Celtic/Norse symbology -- since Asgard is supposed to be where the Nordic people got their religion in the first place.


As pointed out in other answers, Mjolnir in the comics doesn't have this symbol on it; instead, it contains the words of Odin's spell (sometimes in English using Latin script, sometimes using a runic script. The symbol was added to the movie for most likely the same reason it is used elsewhere in sci-fi/fantasy. The symbol, especially the variation with a full circle running through it, appears as a generic visual representation of Norse/Celtic magic:

The Charmed Logo Triqueta in Sleepy Hollow

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In Norse mythology it symbolises Asgard, Midgard and Utgard, similar to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, which made the conversion to Christianity easier with the similarities.

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    Do you have a source for this? – amflare May 24 '18 at 20:54

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