Other legacy that we inherited from the Vikings was the great fountain of the Viking symbols. They carried not only the great aesthetic design but also a long gone tradition. For those who are in pursuit of strength and power to get over hardships in life, this blog post of the Viking protection symbols will help you get some divine blessings.
What are the Viking protection symbols?
In fact, we don’t know the exact number of the Viking protection symbols. This list includes top 5 famous and powerful symbols: Valknut, Mjolnir, Aegishjalmur, Yggdrasil, and Troll Cross.
The reason why this symbol is on the top is that it belonged to Odin the Allfather. The name “Valknut” means “the knot of the dead”. It only appears in connection with the cult of the dead. We might be terrified because how can the symbol of death is linked with protection.
Legend holds it that whenever the Valknut appears, Odin is near. He is either to pick the brave warriors to join him in Valhalla or to protect the warriors who worship him. For many people, the Valknut symbol is symbol representative of Odin welcoming the warriors to his Valhalla. Valknut is among many Odin’s symbols.
Mjolnir hammer symbol
Thor Odinsson was among the most powerful Norse gods. The major weapon of Thor was the Mjolnir hammer that he used to smash the lines of the enemies. Thor defended not only the gods but the humanity as well. According to the myth, Thor appeared in the land of humanity with his hammer in the hand and offered blessings to the humans on celebrations like marriages or birthdays.
The Mjolnir hammer symbol once became the best talisman of the Viking warriors. The archaeological evidence showed that the Viking warriors once wore the Mjolnir hammer pendant as their amulet in the battles. They wished Thor would appear and endow them with strength and bravery to make it through to the battle.
Aegishjalmur or the Helm of Awe is among the most powerful Viking protection symbols. According to the literal evidence, once the warriors applied this symbol between their brows, they would become invincible.
Aegishjalmur is the combination of eight spikes radiating out to protect the central point. The striking design of the symbol means to strike the fear into the beholders before its power becomes activated.
Yggdrasil is the name of the Great Tree that holds Nine Worlds in Norse mythology. It connects the Nine Worlds by holding them on its branches. Yggdrasil is the most complicated symbol in the Viking symbols. Because it carries too many stories within its branches.
The reason why I list Yggdrasil symbol as one the Viking protection symbols is that it once protected the seeds of humanity when Ragnarok broke. Two humans hid inside the hole of Yggdrasil. Having the protection of the Great Tree, the pair survived the Norse Doomsday. The two human survivors carried out their mission of repopulating the world.
Troll cross symbol
In the Viking age, troll cross was the iron piece being bent and worn as the amulet to ward off the evil spirit. This symbol somewhat resembles the Othala rune in the Elder Futhark.