Scandinavia - designed in the official Norwegian flag colors red, white and blue. Designed and created in Norway by Norwegian designer. Scandinavia[a] /ˌskændɪˈneɪviə/ is a historical and cultural region in Northern Europe characterized by a common ethnocultural North Germanic heritage and mutually intelligible North Germanic languages. In English usage, Scandinavia sometimes refers to the area known as the Scandinavian Peninsula.
Tags: norway-flag, sverige, iceland, norway, sweden
The Norse/Germanic god of thunder, Thor was one of the most popular deities in the Medieval world. His popularity continues to the present day. In fact, you may even say that Thor is seeing a resurgence of popularity, and not just because of the Marvel movies that portray him as a sort of awkward frat boy from outer space. TV shows such as the Vikings, Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom, etc. have stirred an interest in Thor and the other gods of old. So most people are now familiar with Thor and his mighty hammer that he uses to smash frost giants back to the icy depths from whence they came. However, not everyone knows that Thor's hammer has a name, Mjölnir (pronounced: myol-neer), and that the image of Mjölnir was worn as a pendant around the necks of Vikings, Saxons, and other Germanic tribes. In fact, wearing a Mjölnir pendant for protection and strength was so popular that archaeologists continue to find them in Viking hot spots like Scandinavia, Ireland, and Scotland. My latest design here is based on the Mjölnir pendant, which looks something like a downward facing arrow. I chose to decorate the hammer with interlacing patterns, skulls and faces. I think it gives it a tribal look, almost like a Viking totem pole. It's full of symbolism and meaning. The symbols below the hammer are runes, the ancient writing of the Germanic tribes. The runes spell out "Mjölnir" in the Younger Futhark style. My research indicated that this is the most accurate style of rune to write out "Mjölnir" in (apparently the Elder Futhark pre-dates the worship of Thor by the Germanic tribes, and, therefore, the Elder Futhark does not contain runes necessary to spell out "Mjölnir" accurately). Below the runes, you can see "Mjölnir" spelled out in contemporary fashion, although in a font that rather resembles runes as well. Overall, I think this design well represents the power and strength of Thor in a stylish way. Buy one now and wear it proudly to connect yourself with history and to gain the thunder god's favor! ;)
Tags: nordic-mythology, celtic-knotwork, knotwork, runes, celtic-knots
Gullinbursti (meaning "Gold Mane or Golden Bristles") - Freyr's boar, created by the brothers dwarfs Sindri and Brokkr. It can run through the air and water better than any horse, and disperse any darkness with the light of its mane and bristles.
Tags: asgardian, nordic-mythology, nordic, scandinavian, celtic-knots
Most are familiar with Thor, god of thunder, and his war hammer, Mjölnir, but from whence did this mighty, magical mallet materialize? Mjölnir was forged by two bristly dwarf brothers who lived deep in the caverns of the dwarf homeland, Svartalfheim. The artwork representing this story has many of the details from the mythology. If you look closely, you can see all the gifts created by the dwarves scattered around them with the mighty Mjölnir sitting at the center above the anvil. You can see the trickster, Loki in fly form near Brokkr’s eye. Mjölnor has such great weight and importance in mythology and in contemporary culture that I think the back story to its creation is important and interesting. I think this piece captures the many details of the story in a single image. The traditional knot work style with the added effects of cracking stone creates an aged look. Like an artifact that has been uncovered from the tomb of a Viking.
Tags: nordic-mythology, celtic-knotwork, the-mighty-thor, knotwork, 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