In Norse mythology, there lived a great beast. A wolf, but not just any wolf. This wolf is the son of Loki (how a humanoid fathers a wolf I surely don't know, but it's mythology so we won't overthink it) and the father of ALL wolves. The legend of Fenrir has many interesting stories attached to it, but perhaps the most well known is how Fenrir came to bite off the hand of the Nordic god, Týr (from whom we get "Týrsday, or Tuesday as it is now known). Týr was brave enough to place his hand INSIDE the mouth of Fenrir while the other Nordic god's bound Fenrir with a magical ribbon made by the dwarves. Fenrir, who was able to break every other chain up until the magical dwarf ribbon was unable to free himself, and bit off Týr's hand in a rage! Týr is now most commonly depicted as missing a hand. Fenrir will remain bound by the magical dwarf ribbon seething, his anger growing, until Ragnarök (the Nordic version of the Armageddon and end of days). At which point he will break free and swallow Odin, the god of gods, WHOLE (bad wolf! No treat for you)! This symbol has been interpreted as the idea of darkness taking over the light. The design depicts this monstrous canine of Northern European lore in a classic Nordic style with knots and patterns everywhere, but with a contemporary twist. The colors are distressed to give an aged appearance almost as if it's a gold or bronze artifact that was dug out of a Scandinavian chieftain's burial mound. The runes at the bottom of the design say "Fenrir".
Tags: celtic-knots, odin, ragnarok, norse-runes, runes
Jörmungand (pronounced YOUR-man-gand), or Jörmungandr in Old Norse is the "Midgard (Earth) Serpent". He is a tremendous snake whose body is so long that it stretches around the Earth completely! Jörmungandr lurks beneath the waters of Midgard where Norse hero Thor is in constant pursuit of this slippery beast. The poetic Eddas of Norse mythology describe a variety of encounters between Thor and Jörmungandr with Jörmungandr always narrowly escaping Thor's wrath. Finally, in the events of Ragnarok, Thor and Jörmungandr have their final battle! Thor finally kills the phantom creature! However, the monster's deadly breath poisons Thor, and he staggers nine paces before falling over, dead. This artwork is Neo-Nordic, meaning it has some of the traditional elements of Viking design while still being very much a modern interpretation. You have Jörmungandr twisting all around the Mjölnir (Thor's mighty hammer) emblem to symbolize the twisting fate both characters have to one another. You have the nine footsteps Thor walked before his demise towards the right of the design. In the background, you have the actual text from the Norse Poetic Edda that describes the final battle between Thor and Jörmungandr. On the left is the original Old Norse text, and on the right is the English translation. Tons of history and symbolism is on display in this colorful piece.
Tags: midgard, serpent, snake, jormungandr, nordic-mythology
Its a known fact that Odin was a smooth talking bearded deity whose pants were rarely kept on. What isn't well known are some of his divine chat-up one liners. After minutes or research I uncovered a wikipedia scroll containing ancient Norse runes of masculine power, this is the translation of those runes. Please use responsibly.
Tags: vikings, warrior, crow, beard, typography