Viking Symbols: Valknut

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Symbols played an essential role in the Viking culture. The Norse people used various symbols for different aims. For example, they merely represent their faith and call on their gods for protection or instilling fear in their enemies. Now, Bavipower is introducing you one of the famous Viking Symbols, called Valkunt.

Valknut

The Valknut is one of the most famous and popular Viking symbols. Also known as Odin’s knot, Hrungnir’s heart, the knot of the slain warrior and the Heart of Vala, the Valknut is considered as the symbol of Odin.

This symbol found on old Norse stone carvings and funerary stelés is sometimes called “Hrungnir’s heart,” after the legendary giant of the Eddas.This emblem is also found in art depicting the God Odin, where it may represent the god's power over death. Some versions of the valknut can be drawn in some strokes, making it a popular talisman of protection.

Several explanations for the symbol have been proposed. The Valknut’s three interlocking shapes are suggestive of Celtic symbols of motherhood and rebirth. So it may have been a goddess symbol at some point in history. The nine points may suggest rebirth, pregnancy, and cycles of reincarnation.The number nine is also related to the Nine Worlds (and the nine fates) of Norse mythology. 

This well-known symbol is now used to decorate Viking jewelry. Bavipower also designs Odin's Symbol Ring, using the famous symbol of Odin.

 


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