Signs And Symbols- Horns Of Odin

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Horns Of Odin

Norse legends tell of a magical mead that was brewed from the blood of a wise God, Kvasir; to drink this mead would be to benefit fromthe wisdom of the God. Odin managed to find this drink, and the triple horns represented the three draughts that he drank.

The horn itself is a masculine and phallic symbol, but because it can be used as a container, it encompasses the female aspect, too. The triple horn appears in stone carvings, over the heads of warriors, implying rewards in Vallhalla, the Hall of Slain Warriors that is the home of Odin.

Today, the symbol is used as a sign of identity by followers of the Asatru faith. Asatru is a relatively modernreligion thatacknowledges the much more ancient pre-Christian Norse beliefs.

SOURCE: “The Illustrated Signs & Symbols Sourcebook- An A to Z compendium of over 1000 designs” By Adele Nozedar

               A ring-oath Odin I trow had taken –
                            how shall one trust his troth?
     ‘twas he who stole the mead from Suttung,
                          and Gunnlod caused to weep.


More phenomenal artwork from sceithailm (DeviantArt)
English translations of Old Norse (from top to bottom): 

Loki spake: “They say that with spells in Samsey once, Like witches with charms didst thou work; And in witch’s guise among men didst thou go; Unmanly thy soul must seem." 

Loki spake: "Be silent, Heimdall! in days long since, Was an evil fate for thee fixed; With back held stiff must thou ever stand, As warder of heaven to watch.”

Baldr’s Death

Loki spake: “Thou wilt then, Frigg, that further I tell, Of the ill that now I know; Mine is the blame that Baldr no more, Thou seest ride home to the hall." 

"The wolf shall fell the father of men, And this shall Vithar avenge; The terrible jaws shall he tear apart, And so the wolf shall he slay.”


The complete Icelandic staves / Ásatrú symbol series.

Each artwork is representing an element. They are presented here in the following order : fire, earth, metal, water, wood and air. The symbols are accompanied by stanzas of the Hávamál or Völuspá, written in runes.

You can find the stanzas in English and the names of the symbols on each individual post here.

Don't keep the Gods trapped in the past!

You know what I want to see more of? Images of our gods in the modern age. They’re not just our ancestors’ gods, they’re ours too.

I want to see Freyr blessing migrant farmer laborers. I want to see Freyja watching over sex workers. I want to see Odin camped out under an overpass, swapping stories. I want Tyr marching with protesters and Thor fighting tyrants. I want Frigga as a high powered lady executive or attorney, Eir as a nurse in an overcrowded and underfunded inner city hospital

Our gods our more than gleaming steel and mead halls. Humanity has grown and changed, and of course the gods have come along with us!


PLEASE, remember that the worship of Norse Gods is a THRIVING AND REAL RELIGION. Many members are offended or even triggered by the Marvel Thor. PLEASE, remember to tag posts about him as MARVEL Thor and not just Thor. Also remember to be respectful of other people’s beliefs, especially at this time.


May Odin strike you blind
Loki warp your mind
Thor take your strength
and Freyja kill your love

May Ullr hunt you down
Njord see you drown
Skadhi freeze your blood
and Freyr seize your child

May Idunn sour your youth
Sif set ablaze your roots
Heimdall smite you with his gaze
and Hel sentence you to Garmr

May Baldr allow you no light
Vali no rest from these plights
Hodr lead you to ruin
and Vidar rend your maw

May Forseti grant you no reconcile
Bragi cause your praises to turn to bile
Tyr amputate all connections you cherish
and Sigyn pour acid in your face.


A possible depiction of the Viking wolf Fenrir from Dublin?

This small wooden artefact was discovered during the National Museum of Ireland’s excavations at Fishamble Street in Dublin. These extensive works revealed a wealth of information about the Viking Age city and the people who lived there between the 9th and 11th centuries AD.

Measuring circa 5 cm in diameter and carved from a single piece of wood, the artefact appears to depict a wolf-like animal clasping a ball between its jaws and paws.  The back of the beast is curved and contains a raised ridge, which is reminiscent of a boar. However, the rest of the animal is distinctly canine-looking. It has raised and pointed ears, tear-drop shaped eyes, distinct paw pads and prominent fangs which clasp the ball. A gap exists between the upper paws and the neck of the animal, allowing a string to be threaded through, which suggests that it may have been worn as a pendant

Although this depiction of a dog-like animal may merely be a decorative devise, it could also reflect Norse mythology, where the Viking wolf Fenrir features prominently. According to Eddic poetry this fierce beast is destined to battle Odin during Ragnarök, the Viking end of days. After defeating Odin, Fenrir will leap into the air and swallow the sun, bringing darkness to the world (some versions suggest that his son, Skoll the wolf, will swallow the sun instead). This may be what is being depicted in the Fishamble Street piece: an enormous wolf devouring a ball-like sun.

If this is the case then the object may represents a pagan amulet. That such an artefact would be found in Viking Dublin is not surprising as the city remained ostensibly pagan until the early 11th century when its king, Sitric Silkbeard, formally established the diocese of Dublin and Dúnán was ordained the city’s first bishop.