In the Avengers movie, Thor dropped Mjölnir on the floor of the Helicarrier. As proof, I can remind you that the Hulk tried to lift Mjölnir on the Helicarrier.

Due to Odin's enchantment, was Mjölnir limiting the altitude of the Helicarrier and putting it in danger? (According to aerodynamics, it's essential to go up or down, even by a very small amount, due to non-ideal air conditions for flying.)

Or was it not dangerous because the condition of being worthy or unworthy to lift Mjölnir is not applicable to an artificial object like the Helicarrier?


Mjolner doesn't need to do something clever with mass to prevent it being picked up - it could simply be glued to the surface. And from the Marvel Wiki:

This enchantment surrounding Mjolnir prevents it from being wielded by anyone save those who have been found worthy. ... To anyone else, Mjolnir cannot be lifted from the ground nor wrested from Thor’s grip.

Note the second part heavily implies it's not related to gravity/mass directly, as it's stuck in his grip.

If you assume the difficulty in lifting Mjolner is not related to mass shenanigans, then it's unlikely the Helicarrier was at risk.

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  • Did I say mass? Read the question again... – Umbrella Corporation Oct 21 '13 at 13:38
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    @SachinShekhar My point is it doesn't need to be a constant downward force to meet the requirements of the worthiness enchantment. All it needs to do is directly counteract whatever force is being used to lift it - this could be an attractive force with the surface it is on, extra mass/weight, or some other possibility that I haven't thought of. – thegrinner Oct 21 '13 at 13:44
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    @SachinShekhar Yes, that's potentially all they would need to do. Think about it: that's exactly what's happening with the Helicarrier - they're moving the "land" Mjolner is on, with no visible response from the enchantment. I'd consider it likely there's some sort of magic-logic that prevents Mjolner from being moved by living creatures (possibly including the odd mechanical intelligence?) and being moved by non-living things (like the Helicarrier). – thegrinner Oct 21 '13 at 14:04
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    @SachinShekhar An additional consideration: the enchantment is a plot device, and I haven't seen any definition of the enchantment that nails it down in unambiguous terms. It will depend heavily on the writer. For example, if I can't move it myself, could I move it with a crane or bulldozer? What if it was on a boat I was piloting? When does that break down? – thegrinner Oct 21 '13 at 14:04
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    @thegrinner absolutely -- the enchantment is magic, and seems to operate by rules of "whichever definition works for the plot". Maybe the magic conveys some minor intelligence/decision-making-capability on the hammer (or the universe around it). Clearly it was able to move while on the helicarrier. It wasn't able to be dislodged from the earth by the truck in Thor. It doesn't seem to keep the earth from turning, because we go from night to day in Thor. Obviously it is not fixed in place relative to the universe, just relative to plot considerations. – PeterL Oct 21 '13 at 14:20

As per @phantom42's comment, the actual enchantment we see placed on Mjölnir in the Marvel Cinematic universe is:

Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.

It's possible that Mjölnir has some non-enchantment-based property - e.g. mass, magnetism - that makes it impossible to lift it without "the power of Thor" (whatever that is).

However, I think the events of the movies make more sense if the hammer has no such property, but the enchantment also prevents the unworthy from wielding Mjölnir.

The word "wield" implies control and intention. When Thor drops Mjölnir while on board the Helicarrier, the pilot isn't using Mjölnir for a purpose just by controlling the vehicle with Mjölnir aboard, so I don't think he/she is wielding it. Hence the enchantment doesn't need to restrict the Helicarrier's movement at this point.

In contrast, when a truck driver was attempting to extract Mjölnir from the ground with his truck in Thor, the enchantment wasn't having any of that, as the driver was trying to control Mjölnir - i.e. attempting to wield it - via his truck.

The lift/wield distinction is discussed further in answers to other similar questions:

And the Marvel Movies Wikia describes the enchantment in terms of wielding, although it doesn't provide any sources.

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    In the movie, the enchantment is actually over who "holds""Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.". – phantom42 Oct 21 '13 at 17:02
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    I'm not sure. I'm not super familiar with Thor/Mjolnir's backstory and limitations. This is the only enchantment we see actually being cast during the movie. – phantom42 Oct 21 '13 at 17:15
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    I absolutely agree. "Wield" definitely makes more sense from what we see in the course of the movies so far. I'll do some more digging tonight to see if I can find out more. Or this may be a place for a new question. – phantom42 Oct 21 '13 at 17:23
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    @PaulD.Waite I think the idea is that the 'power of Thor' includes the ability to use Mjolnir. – user1027 Oct 21 '13 at 19:11
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    @PaulD.Waite Odin's not one for fine print. – user1027 Oct 21 '13 at 20:31

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