The Most Prominent Viking Symbols
In the Viking culture, symbols played a very indispensable role as they represented faith, called on to their gods as well as protected them from their enemies. This is what they essentially believed. There are different Viking or Norse symbols that you could learn a thing or two about. In this article, you will get to know and understand the meanings of some of the symbols.
The first and most prominent one is the Valknut which is the knot of a slain warrior. When looking at the derivation of the word Valknut, you will find that it is two words valr and knut. The former means a slain warrior while the latter means a knot. According to the faith held by the Vikings, Valhalla; the Hall of the Slain; would welcome the people that died fighting in a battle or war. They were honored. The symbol can be found on the tombs of the warriors or placed just right next to them. It was a sign of honoring their efforts to fight for the Vikings. The Valknut has nine corners which represents the nine worlds in Norse cycle of life or rather motherhood and pregnancy. It has very interesting myths. Check out these Nordic symbols or read more about nordic runes.
The Yggdrasil, Tree of life is also common with the Vikings and is used to show the Norse faith. The tree connects the nine Norse worlds or realms of the universe. It is an interconnection of all things in the Viking world. When looking at the tree, you will find that it stands in a spring which according to the Vikings faith, it implicated that all life comes from water; thus The Tree of Life. If you read more on the Norse myths and stories, you will find that they believe that the world ends with Ragnarok, which is essentially a war between gods. Only a man and woman will survive hidden in the hollow of a tree. The couple will the bring life to the whole world.
Finally, on the most prominent Viking signs, take a look at The Viking Compass which is made of rune staves. It is believed to give guidance to someone who is lost or might lose his or her way. You will see it drawn on Viking ships before they set out so that they got back home safely. The origin of the Viking compass has different stories whereby some say it was inherited while others do not give a clear account of the origin. The Viking culture is truly a fun and informative piece to invest your time into. There is so much to learn about the Vikings. Continue reading more on this here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valknut.