The weapon was a hammer Olaf wielded while terrorizing his fellow villagers after being transformed into a troll in 880, Sweden. Olaf was accidentally released from a crystal in 2001, Sunnydale, along his Enchanted Hammer, and used it to destroy the Bronze club. The troll was eventually defeated and banished, but his Hammer stayed behind.
Buffy Summers kept Olaf's Hammer as a souvenir, and it remained at the Magic Box, placed on a display case with a concrete slab to support it. Later on, upon Anya Jenkins's timely recommendation, Buffy used it to pummel Glorificus, a near-invulnerable hell-goddess, into submission.
Powers and abilities
Months later, Anya brought up the hammer as one of the two weapons that Buffy could use against Glory, noting that it contained divine power, and unlike Spike, the Slayer was able to wield it easily. Olaf's Hammer further proved its worth when, during the final fight against Glory, it caused visible bleeding damage to the hell-goddess (who had, before then, always emerged from the fights with neither scratch nor any damage) when Buffy used it against her repeatedly, even reducing her to tears and finally morphing back into Benjamin Wilkinson's form.
Behind the scenes
- The hammer is a reference to the mythological Mjölnir, the hammer of Thor, the Norse God of Thunder. Most notably, for the Mjölnir represented in Marvel Comics, one must be worthy to wield the weapon, similar to inability of Spike lift it while Buffy easily carried it.
- The Enchanted Hammer was an accessory featured in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer action figures "Anyanka", "The Gift Dawn & Glory", and "Glory".
- One of two known hammers was sold on eBay by Fox Auctions in 2004. As of September 2010 one of the two was once again on sale, but has since been sold to an unknown buyer. The two hammers can be told apart by the leather cord attached at the bottom of the handle. The hammer first seen in "Triangle" had the leather cord but in later appearances "Blood Ties" and "The Gift" it did not.
- "Blood Ties"
- "The Gift"
- "Selfless" (Only in flashbacks)
- The Ultimate Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Picture Book