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Viking Symbolism: Norse Runes

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

Viking Symbolism: Jörmungandr

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

Fimbulwinter and The End of the World

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

How to Toast Like a Viking

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:

Norse Mythology: The Wild Hunt

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

Viking Symbolism: The Helm of Awe

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

Norse Yule: A Time of Darkness and Drinking

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.

Viking Symbolism: Yggrasil

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

Viking Symbolism: Valknut

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,

Viking Symbolism: Mjolnir

Continuing on in our symbolism dictionary is this symbol: Mjolnir (Thor's Hammer) If you are a Norse Pagan or Asatru, you know exactly what this is. And if you’re a Marvel Comics fan, you probably know too. In fact, this is most likely the most recognizable symbol in Norse mythology because of its

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