Vikings … There are many legends about this people. Basically, they all narrate about the bellicose nature of these Scandinavians and their ruthless character, which showed itself during raids on villages and towns. You don’t hear often about the culture and way of life of these brave warriors, but this information is still important and entertaining, because with its help you can get to know more about the Vikings culture.
Jewelry Art of Viking
This northern European nation became famous for its severe character and fearlessness in wars, but not everyone knows that the representatives of this people were also good farmers and skillful artisans. Viking jewelry can be called real pieces of art, which reflected the entire worldview of the people.
Everyone was wearing accessories: men, women and children. At the same time, jewelry was considered not so much decoration, but rather in the form of amulets or a status indicator. Thus, when the warrior had twisted bracelets, this was a sign of a successful battle or a successful raid. The massive Viking chain also symbolized the power and courage of the warrior.
Ordinary citizens wore decorations made of tin and bronze. These are: bracelets, earrings, massive necklaces and pendants with original ornaments. Representatives of the nobility and wealthy Vikings often preferred handcrafted Norse jewelry. Golden jewelry was popular as well.
Quite often, precious and semiprecious stones were encrusted in rings and necklaces. Such a conclusion can be made based on the finds of archaeologists. One of them is a unique Viking ring with a stone dating back to the 9th century. Its peculiarity is that the inscription on the ring is written in Arabic.
Symbols in the jewelry art
One of the most integral components of Scandinavian life is religion, and it reflected in ancient symbol jewelry.
- Odin. This deity was the main one among the people of the Vikings, for good reason it was often called “father.” Norse handmade jewelry were often used to depict Odin symbols of a wolf or two ravens.
- Heimdall is a guardian god guarding the bridge to the Gods. This deity seemed to the northern people in the form of a spirit linking the soul and body. He was often portrayed with a big horn in his hands. In the Vikings age jewelry, Heimdall is presented in the form of symbols: a horn and a bridge.
- Thor – the god of lightning and thunder, which was respectable. To express their worship and enlist the support of the Thor, people often wore an ornament – Thor’s hammer pendant.
- Yggdrasil. This symbol of German-Scandinavian mythology is represented in the form of a giant ash tree. This is how the universe imagined the Vikings. Yggdrasil world tree pendant was one of the most common and very beautiful ornaments.
- Helm of awe symbol pendant. This symbol was represented as an equilateral cross. The ancient Scandinavians faithfully believed that the symbol on the helmet or armor was able to reliably protect the warrior in battles and give him power and strength over the enemy. Often such an image was applied to amulets made of wood, silver or tin, Scandinavian ring Norse jewelry, Norwegian ornaments of a different type.
Despite the fact that the era of this people has ended long time ago, Vikings age jewelry is in demand nowadays too. The secret of such popularity is in the original motives and originality. However, now very few people consider from a religious point of view the Tree of Life and the Thor Jewelry – jewelry only serves as a beautiful accessory.