Interesting Facts About Viking Jewelry
Viking jewelry reflects this 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 Thomas Sabo Bracelets Classic Silver Medium Link Cupid goddess Hearts Link Bracelet Freya wearing a necklace called Brisingamen promised Pandora Bead With Stone Diamond Tree Blue success in love and beauty. Her animal symbol Pandora Birthstone Bead Amethyst Floral February Purple was a falcon. When the Norsemen settled in foreign countries, fertile ground and Pandora Silver Gold White Charm 384 successful childbearing were a survival requirement. They had several fertility Pandora Birthstone Bead Amethyst Floral February Purple gods. Freyr, who is symbolized by a boar cast in gold, ensured success. The foot of the sea god Njord was also identified Pandora Birthstone Bead Amethyst Floral February Purple Pandora Birthstone Bead Amethyst Floral February Purple as a popular fertility symbol in Pandora Birthstone Bead Amethyst Floral February Purple Viking jewelry. Both symbols are of male origin, which implies the more important role of men in Viking culture.
Viking jewelry was usually worn for protection, and often reflected the traits of the many tiffany jewellery australia Scandinavian gods they believed in, Pandora Birthstone Bead Amethyst Floral February Purple mostly in the form of various animals. Besides wolves and ravens, Odin, the king of the Norse gods, was represented by snakes and drakes to bring good luck and provide strength. One of the most popular designs was Thor's hammer. Thor was the god of thunder and lightning. The tree Yggdrasil was believed to connect everything in the universe and was quite common as well. Viking jewelry was frequently influenced by other ancient cultures they encountered, especially the Celts. Hence, runes and Celtic knot designs show up quite often.