Sleipnir (pronounced “SLAYP-nir”) is Odin’s horse that had eight legs instead of four. His extra legs were coupled with regular legs, which were growing from his shoulders and his haunches. He was considered the “best among horses.” He accompanied Odin on different quests, by surprising people with his power, speed and strength. He could run much faster, kick harder, jump higher and whinny louder than the other horses. No horse could be compared with Sleipnir. He was fearless and brave. There were no obstacles to him. None of the elements could slow Odin’s horse, and if there was a necessity, he could also fly through the air as well as could swim through water. What is more, Sleipnic could ferry Odin in and out of Hell (the realm of the dead).In Norse mythology, the horses that had eight legs symbolized means of conveying souls across the nine worlds.
Sleipnir has a deep meaning, symbolizing speed, power, strength, perception, eternal life surety, transcendence, and travel. Today there is a wide assortment of various accessories using the image of the influential and well-known eight-legged horse of Odin – Sleipnir. The symbol of Sleipnir is of particular importance for athletes, travellers, and those who lost their way in life or those who lost their love. It is a great symbol, able to bring power and spiritual protection and enlightenment to everyone who needs it.
Two eight-legged horses, believed by most scholars to represent Sleipnir, are depicted on two eighth-century image stones from the island of Gotland in Sweden: the stone representing Thjangvide and the stone representing Ardre VIII. Both stones show a rider sitting on an eight-legged horse, whom some scholars believe to be Odin. Above the rider on the stone depicting Tjangvide is a horizontal figure holding a spear, which may be a Valkyrie, and a female figure greets the rider with a goblet. The scene has been interpreted as a rider arriving in the world of the dead. The Eggja stone from the mid 7th century, bearing the name Odin Haras (Old Norse for "god of the army") can be interpreted as a depiction of Sleipnir.