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Wolfs
22.11.2019
Wolfs
Warriors: Úlfhéðnar Wolves were identified with warriors from at least the sixth century CE. During this time wolves and other animals began appearing as ornaments on arms and armour. Also, skalds were using wolf-kennings to describe both arms and the...
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Boars
22.11.2019
Boars
During the Dark Ages much of northern Europe was covered in Wildwood; a primal, fearful place inhabited by strange and terrifying monsters. One malevolent resident of this ‘other’ realm was a beast held in high esteem by many early cultures - the Wild Boar! It took skill...
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Bears
21.11.2019
Bears
The bear was considered the bravest animals for Vikings. The bear sign can make any man, even the most courageous step away immediately. Bears are large, fearless and powerful and their fur can also resist sharp weapons. This is easy to understand why Vikings adored them and wanted to...
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Cats
21.11.2019
Cats
The Norse goddess Freya (Freyja) had a chariot drawn by two large grey or blue cats (possibly Norwegian Forest Cats) called "Gib-cats" in the Prose Edda (a collection of Norse tales compiled in 1220AD by Icelandic historian Snorri Sturluson). They were given to her by Thor...
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Dragons
21.11.2019
Dragons
This is not a secret that Vikings had a lot of stories about dragons and large, giant serpents. Many of these stories were left on the piece of paper, with the help of which we can analyze their art today. Long Vikings’ ships were also known as «dragon ships,” because...
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8-Legged Horse (Sleipnir)
20.11.2019
8-Legged Horse (Sleipnir)
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...
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Longship
20.11.2019
Longship
At the Viking age, the heart of Vikings was Longship. The etymology of the word “Viking” does not only mean medieval Scandinavian. It has a far deeper meaning, for example, a man or a woman who was always ready to deep and face into something unknown. The longship was the...
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Viking Axe
20.11.2019
Viking Axe
The most well known and appreciated Viking weapon was an axe. It was a famous Viking symbol as well as armor symbolizing power, bravery, strength and audacity. Viking Axe came in different sizes, from the hand axes to the large long-hafted battle-axes. One of the most characteristic...
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Celtic knots
19.11.2019
Celtic knots
Celtic knots (Irish: snaidhm Cheilteach, Welsh: cwlwm Celtaidd) are a variety of knots and stylized graphical representations of knots used for decoration, used extensively in the Celtic style of Insular art. These knots are...
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Triquetra (Celtic Knot)
19.11.2019
Triquetra (Celtic Knot)
  Triquetra (/traɪˈkwɛtrə/; from the Latin adjective triquetrus, three-cornered) denotes a particular complicated shape formed of three vesicae piscis (the leaf-like shape in between two equal diameter circles each centered on the circumference of the other),...
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