Why can’t people lift Thor’s hammer?

When given free time, weird questions pop into my head.  Often, these questions will…question what has generally been accepted without much thought.  Recently, it was the notion that only the worthy may lift Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir.

On Mjolnir, the inscription goes, “Whoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”  So, if you’re worthy, you get the power of Thor.  Not sure if this has always been the case, but currently, that worthiness has been shown by being able to lift Mjolnir.  I never really thought about the “worthy” aspect of it until watching Age of Ultron.  I thought that it was a bit unrealistic that Captain America couldn’t lift the hammer.  What exactly made Thor worthier of the power than Captain America?  But my issue now is, why is lifting it even an issue?

The inscription starts with the assumption that whoever is holding the hammer is going to be judged to be worthy.  If they are worthy, then they get the power.  It does not say, “Whoever is worthy, shall hold this hammer and possess the power of Thor.”

So, is it that you need the power of Thor to even lift the hammer?  If so, then that just greatly over-powers Thor to the point where he should never, ever be challenged in a fight.  Not that any of this really matters.  Just random thoughts I have when bored.


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