Fun Fact Friday! Fact 23
Posted by Daubin Barshtak on August 24, 2012.
Fun Fact Friday:
Viking jewelry reflects the culture's strong belief in multiple gods, from whom they hoped to obtain strength, wisdom or luck. Odin, the main god of Norse mythology, was symbolized by a wolf or two ravens, which stood for thinking and remembering. He was said to be obsessed with knowledge. The guardian god Heimdall was believed to guard a bridge leading to Asgard, home of the gods, connecting the physical body with the spirit. He owned a horn to call forward Ragnarok, the end of the gods. Both objects appear on jewelry. Depictions of the goddess Freya wearing a necklace called Brisingamen promised success in love and beauty. Her animal symbol was a falcon. When the Norsemen settled in foreign countries, fertile ground and successful childbearing were a survival requirement. They had several fertility gods. Freyr, who is symbolized by a boar cast in gold, ensured success. The foot of the sea god Njord was also identified as a popular fertility symbol in Viking jewelry. Both symbols are of male origin, which implies the more important role of men in Viking culture.