The Vikings believed all things – even the gods themselves – were bound to fate. The concept was so important that there were six different words for fate in the Old Scandinavian tongues. As Daniel McCoy writes, “Fate occupied roughly the same position in the Norse worldview that the laws of science do in the modern world; it provided an unseen guiding principle that determined how events in the world would unfold, and could explain them after they occurred”. 1 It was in large part this deep conviction that “fate is inexorable” that gave the Vikings their radical stoicism. Because the outcome...
Below You can find some of the symbols found in Viking culture Brief Overview of Viking Symbols Symbols played an important role in Norse culture. The spirituality of the Norse Vikings was so ingrained in their culture and thought process that they had no word for religion. There was no separation (as there so often is today) between faith and reality. The cosmic forces and fate were active in everything. Thanks to the Marvel movies, nearly everyone now knows about Thor's hammer (Mjölnir) which was a very popular choice for Vikings to use in their jewelry as represented in this ancient Danish...
Oct 07, 2017