Vikings in BC – Æsir

a "charm bracelet" with pendants associated with a number of Æsir gods.

a “charm bracelet” with pendants associated with a number of Æsir gods.

In my earlier post about the Vanir, I mentioned that I’d be sharing items associated with the other group of Norse mythological gods, the Æsir. The pantheon of the Æsir include Odin, Frigg, Thor, Baldr, and Týr.

The “charm bracelet” above has a hammer relating to the god Thor, and a fire-steel relating to the god Freyr.

 

A pendant, associated with the Æsir, indicating believe that this is of, or associated with the goddess Frigg.

A pendant, associated with the Æsir, indicating believe that this is of, or associated with the goddess Frigg.

 

The pendant above is gilded silver. It’s believed to represent Frigg, and was found in a grave from Tuna, Uppland, Sweden. The display goes on to discuss Frigg, saying that she is married to Odin, and is a Valkyrie. It suggests that several of the pendants believed to represent Valkyries may actually be meant to depict Frigg.

Odin, the god of war, knowledge, and death is associated with his lance “Gungnir”. The display also held a figurine (found in Skàne) made of bronze with one-eye believed to be a representation of Odin. The display stated that Old Norse mythology stated that he sacrificed one of his eyes for the gift of wisdom.

The display also included a number of miniature lances, made of bronze, found in Västergötland.

Thor's Hammers from the Æsir display

Thor’s Hammers from the Æsir display

The dark Thor’s Hammer pendant is made of iron, and was found in Birka, while the other hammer is made of amber, and is also from Birka.

The display discusses Thor as well, relating that he’s the god of thunder and Odin’s son. “In his battle against chaos, Thor is chief protector of both gods and humans. Thor’s popularity is clear from the many finds of his hammer, Mjölnir.”

 

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