Key Symbols in Norse Cosmology

Symbols play a huge role in Norse culture. Vikings were incredibly spiritual, and therefore placed much importance in the meaning of their symbols. They did not differentiate between reality and faith. Some symbols are more famous than others, such as Mjolnir, the mighty hammer of Thor, thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Symbols themselves were thought to have power.   Divine symbols on amulets, boundary stones, stitched onto clothing, painted on shields, carved into their long ships, or as items around their hearths could offer the Viking that small edge, he or she needed to face the uncertainties and dangers of life.

Vegvisir

artistic image of norse symbol vegvisir

 

Valknut

artistic representation of norse symbol valknut