Nordic Mythology Onesies
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
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: celtic-knots, vikings-knotwork, knotwork, nordic-mythology, asgardian
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: norse, fenrir, wolf, norse-mythology, wolves
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
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