Mjöllnir or Thor’s hammer is the weapon of the Viking god of thunder. Initially, Thor’s hammer was thought of as made of stone, but in the Eddaic tradition it is an iron weapon forged by Svartálfar (black elves, correlated with the dvergar, dwarves) named Sindri and Brokkr. In the Norse myths Thor’s hammer is often […]
Norse symbol is a rather broad concept. First of all, a Norse symbol is a mark or character, which was used by Vikings as a conventional representation of something. We find such symbols dating back to the Viking Age on authentic artefacts of the period like runestones, swords, shields or decorative elements. Examples of such ancient marks are Valknut, Triquetra and Horn Triskelion. Their exact meaning is hard to reconstruct. There are theories, which may be more or less convincing but the truth remains rather obscure. However, in modern popular culture Norse symbols refer generally to Viking values and lifestyle. There are also wrong concepts like horned helmets: they are universally known and recognizable but do not refer to historic truth.
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