Valknut Jewelry: Worship Odin and Accept All Challenge
The Vikings had many interesting symbols and many of them have become the inspiration for the modern artwork. Among them is the Valknut symbol of Odin the Allfather who was the chief god of Asgard in Norse mythology.
What is "Valknut" symbol?
"Valknut" meant "The knot of the fallen". It was a combination of two words "Valr" meaning "the fallen" and "knut" meaning "knot". We can also catch sight of the prefix "Valr" in "Valalla" or "Valfather" all of which belonged to Odin. While Valhalla was the Great Hall of the Fallen ruled over by Odin the Allfather, the latter meant "the Father of the Fallen" denoting Odin welcoming the deceased into Valhalla.
Although we lack literal evidence about the Valknut symbol, we have some archaeological evidence of the Valknut symbol. The most famous one must be the Stora Hammars located in Gotland, Sweden.
Valknut appeared on the Stora Hammars Stone. The archaeologists believed that this was a sacrificial scene.
The meaning of Valknut in jewelry
A piece of Valknut jewellery worn on the body should carry meaning.
Wearing a symbol of Odin the Allfather means the worship of Odin the Allfather. This was historically common in the Viking Age. The archaeologists found out many Thor hammer pendant in the Viking sites which cemented the point that the Vikings once wore Thor hammer pendant as the cult of Thor in their belief.
Accept all challenge
Any Viking warrior accepted any battle and they always welcomed the battle with both of their arms. If they chose to follow the life of a warrior, they worshipped Odin. And if they worshipped Odin, they desired to come to Valhalla. And to come to Valhalla, they had to live and to die as a real Viking warrior.
Viking Valknut pendant is the symbol of Odin worshipping
The standards to become a real Viking warrior was to accept all battles and even death if necessary. In the modern age, there are no battles like the Vikings but we have many pressure and challenges awaiting. This is the time for us to decide whether to step forward to accept all challenge or to step back and let all opportunities to slip through your fingers.
Valknut symbol reminds us that to accept the challenge doesn't mean you have no fear. Rather, you accept to encounter and live with fear to achieve what you love in the battle.
The power of three
As we know, the Valknut symbol is three interlocking triangles pointing upward. In Norse mythology. Number three is a sacred number which is associated with many important events and figures in Nine Worlds:
Odin's Symbol Ring showcases the power of three in Norse mythology
- Three brothers (Odin, Vili, and Ve) formed the worlds from the body of Ymir the Giant
- Three Norns created the fate of all beings in the cosmos
- Odin was the chief god of the third generation of Aesir gods
- Yggdrasil the Great Tree had three roots supporting to hold Nine Worlds
- Odin endured three hardships to get the knowledge of runes: hanging himself, stabbed with his spear, and suffering from hunger and thirst
- Loki had three notorious children: Fenrir the Wolf, Jormungand the Midgard Serpent, and Hel the Queen of the Dead
- The Midgardsmen had to endure three winters without a summer in between when Ragnarok broke on the sky.
- Three sons of Odin survived Ragnar: Baldur, Hodr, and Vidar