Viking Symbol: Odin’s Symbols

Odin was the chief of the Aesir gods. He presided over Asgard the land of Gods and his Great Hall was the Valhalla Hall of the Fallen. The Vikings respected and admired Odin which made him become one of the Gods the Vikings worshipped the most. Besides Norse tales about this supreme god, the fountain of Odin’s symbols was awesome and worth discussing for its majesty and power. The Vikings favored Odin’s symbols for they believed the symbols presented Odin’s presence and his power.

Valknut was one of the most powerful Odin’s Symbols

Three interlocking triangles formed the Valknut symbol. Many runestones and pictorial stones dating back to the Viking age showcased the symbol of Valknut. Many goods on the Oseberg ship in Sweden were carved with the Valknut symbol. Voices state that the word “Valknut” is a modern work because in the Viking age there was no Valknut word at all. “Valknut” meant “the knot of the fallen”. The symbol appeared in the ancient artifacts with Odin’s constant companions, making people believe that Valknut was the symbol of Odin.

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Valknut Odin’s Symbol

Accordingly, people hold a firm belief that Valknut symbol refers to the transition between this present life and the afterlife. Whenever Valknut was, Odin was there either to help or to host the Viking warriors to the Valhalla with him.

Raven

Odin was the Raven God because he had a pair of ravens as his constant companions. Odin let the ravens fly out in the morning to witness things in the cosmos. When dusk approached, the ravens would come back and perch on Odin’s shoulder whispering into his ears knowledge and wisdom. Because of this, the ravens became a symbol of Odin, presenting his presence and mental power. Viking ravens were also the symbols of mystique and unpredictability.

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Odin and his ravens

Gungnir Spear

The only weapon in Norse mythology that can rival Thor Mjolnir Hammer was Gungnir Odin’s Spear. Gungnir spear was the primary Odin’s weapon. Gungnir spear was made and fashioned by Norse dwarves the most talented craftsmen in the cosmos. This spear of Odin never missed its target. Odin often threw his Gungnir spear into the line of the foes to start the battle. The Viking warriors took up this deed as their tradition to call for Odin’s help before their battles. Like Mjolnir hammer, Gungnir the Spear of Odin presented his presence and supreme power.

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Gungnir spear of Odin symbol

Eight-legged Horse

Like many handsome princes, Odin rode a horse to travel around the world. But, of course, Odin was not handsome and his horse was not white like in many prince/princess stories. Odin took up the life of an old wanderer and his horse was an eight-legged horse. Odin’s horse was Sleipnir who was the son of Loki. And the fact was that Loki mothered Sleipnir and gave the horse son to Odin as a gift. No horse in the cosmos could run as fast as Sleipnir. This Odin’s horse could even gallop along the sea and through the air. Sleipnir once carried a god to the Helheim to do a mission for the Norse gods.

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Odin on Sleipnir eight-legged horse

Triple Horn

Triple Horn is the symbol of three interlocked drinking horns and is one of the most famous Odin’s symbols. Odin had this symbol for himself when he tried to retrieve back the Mead of Poetry. Odin outwitted the giant Suttung and managed to sneak into the cave that giantess Gunnlod was guarding the Mead. With the handsome appearance, Odin promised to entertained Gunnlod for three nights. In return, Gunnlod would have to let him try the Mead. Three days and nights finally came to an end and Odin was allowed to try the Mead. With three horns, he took all the Mead for the Gods and flew back to Asgard. The story of Triple Horn reminded us of Odin’s nonstop pursuit of knowledge and his complementary burning desire to better himself with wisdom.

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Odin’s Symbol Triple Horn

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