Ever seen these symbols before? These are Norse runes, also called Futhark or fuþark alphabet. They are the written language of the Vikings, but they are also symbols used in divination and imbibed with power. For nearly four-hundred years, these letters were the dominant form of writing throughout much of Western Europe, until they were replaced by
A three-headed snake with a destiny to die at the end of the world. You have probably heard of or even seen this symbol before. Jörmungandr, or the Midgard Serpent, is the great serpent who will rise from the oceans during Ragnarok, or the end of days, spew forth toxins and poisons into the air, and then
Feel like this winter is lasting forever? Do recent events have you feeling like this cold, awful world is ending? It just might be. Fimbulwinter and the Coming of Ragnarok Fimbulwinter is the period of time preceding Ragnarok. If you don’t know what Ragnarok is, well, it’s the end of all things. That’s
We already know that you can drink like a viking, but can you offer up a toast worthy of such a great warrior? For the Norse, toasts were pretty damn important. They were a way of celebrating your fellow warriors, your gods, your hearth, and your kin, so you better get it right. Here's how:
The Wild Hunt Picture this: you are walking home late at night from some Yule activities, full of booze and happiness. It’s dark out. You’ve seen all your friends home and your house is just through the woods. All of the sudden, you hear the horns and become aware of the fact that
This symbol is called the Ægishjálmrm or more commonly, the Helm of Awe. Helm of Awe For the ultimate protection, the Norse (particularly women) would draw this symbol between their eyes on their forehead. And of course, to make things even more metal, the Helm of Awe worked best when it was inscribed
Cultures the world over have midwinter celebrations. It’s a great way to keep the spirits up during the darkest, coldest time of the year. The Norse did not exclude themselves from this tradition; in fact, they had a number of different holidays that helped to keep the especially cold and dark north jolly and warm.
Since the holiday season is now officially upon us, we decided to take a look into the legend of Krampus, Santa’s best little helper. What? Didn’t know that the goat demon so popular with horror fiction and media today is BFFs with the red-nosed, red-labeled soda-swilling fat man who brought you your first electric guitar?
Ever wake up from a bender feeling wiser than the day before? Does that wisdom often come with pain? Chances are, like Odin before you, you may have had an encounter with the great ash tree Yggrasil. Yggdrasil is a symbol rooted deeply in the minds of humanity. Nearly every culture has some sort of
You may have seen this symbol around before and yet you probably don’t know what it means. It’s kind of similar in form to the Norse Triskelion, which we covered a couple weeks ago, and some people get them confused. But fear not-- even historians have trouble with the valknut. Valknut Valk means,