New Viking-style swag

New Viking-style swag

New Viking-style swag

Not too long ago, I placed an order for some sweet new swag for my Viking-Age kit.

It all started when I gave away my favourite Icelandic wolf-head Thor’s Hammer at an event to someone who admired it and mourned the loss of one of his own. I had a few, though when I got home I realized they were a bit different… and I felt a bit uneasy about no longer having the one I really liked.

This meant… I needed to order another one.

…and that led… to shopping!

I picked up three bracelets/cuffs in a torc/torque style with animal heads (wolves and a dragon) and a number of pendants in bronze and pewter.

torc / torque-style animal-head bracelets/cuffs

torc / torque-style animal-head bracelets/cuffs

Two of the bracelets are ‘mens’ sized – and are quite thick. The other is a ‘female’ bracelet, and is much lighter and more delicate. I couldn’t decide between the wolf-head terminal cuff and the dragon-head, so I bought the wolf in ‘male’ and ‘female’, and the dragon in ‘male’.

Viking-style pendants

Viking-style pendants

I haven’t yet looked into the design these two pendants are based on, though I think the round one is similar to the Pitney Brooch. More research is needed here – though if you happen to see this and know… and can save me a step – that would be awesome – please leave a comment below!

Close up of some of the pendants

Close up of some of the pendants

Along with the Icelandic wolf-head hammer, I picked up a hammer in the style of the Gotland eagle/bird head hammer, a figure of Freyr, two Freya pendants, and two different ravens (one of which I recognize… but again I need more research here to see which ones these are based off.)

Now – I just need to find some beads and things to string these up on!

Buddha head bracelet

 

Close-up of the Buddha charm

Close-up of the Buddha charm

When I was in Hawaii in February I found these adorable little silver Buddha-head charms and knew I wanted to make a bracelet for my BFF. She’s made herself other items with Buddha heads in the past, and she loves silver-tone items, so I thought it would make a really cute gift for her birthday. (Yep.. this is a delayed post… her birthday has passed! No spoilers!) Continue reading

Viking Armbands – Museum exhibits

From the Saga Museum in Reykjavik

At the Saga Museum in Reykjavik there were several figures wearing armbands/bracelets. Rather than do a post for each of the displays and all of their various elements, I thought I’d organize the photos by the items of interest.

First settlers of Iceland

Armband on one of the figures representing one of the first Icelandic settlers

Armband on one of the figures representing one of the first Icelandic settlers

The first example is one of the figures representing one of the first settlers to Iceland. He has a twisted arm band on what looks like just below his elbow. This band appears to have a large bulb in the middle – similar to another armband that I have a bit better of a photo below.

He also has a bracelet-height arm band worn over his sleeve just above the wrist. It looks like a flatter kind of bracelet – with a stamped or engraved pattern in it.

While the upper arm band looks like a pewter colour, the bracelet-height armband looks like bronze.

The female armband on the wax figures representing the earliest settlers of Iceland in the Saga Museum

The female armband on the wax figures representing the earliest settlers of Iceland in the Saga Museum

The female, above, has a similar kind of below-elbow arm band, which looks like a flat band (not twisted) also with a bit of a decorated bulge.

I wonder if the choice to put them on the arm below the elbow was a deliberate choice, or a matter of where the items they could get would fit on the already-existing wax model over the reproduction clothing? It seems like a good location if using the band to help hold up pushed-up sleeves, but not so much for general wear, where I would think something worn at the bicep would fall less frequently/easily.

(warning, this is an image-heavy post!)

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