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History Vikings ~ Longships

History Vikings ~ Longships

Viking key

Viking key

Viking Age house at Þjóðveldisbærinn by velostricken, via Flickr

Viking Age house at Þjóðveldisbærinn by velostricken, via Flickr

norskedalen

norskedalen

Detail of 17th century calendar stick carved with national coat of arms, a common motif in Norwegian folk art.

Detail of 17th century calendar stick carved with national coat of arms, a common motif in Norwegian folk art.

Viking Life... The tree of life from Norse mythology.

Viking Life... The tree of life from Norse mythology.

From Nordmøre, Norway

From Nordmøre, Norway

Yggdrasil: Norse (Viking) Tree of Life. Sculpted by Aric Jorn (Liljegren). Produced by Jivotica LLC ©2014

Yggdrasil: Norse (Viking) Tree of Life. Sculpted by Aric Jorn (Liljegren). Produced by Jivotica LLC ©2014

The Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, all connected by the World Tree called "Yggdrasil."   The generally accepted meaning of Old Norse Yggdrasill is "Odin's horse".

The Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, all connected by the World Tree called "Yggdrasil." The generally accepted meaning of Old Norse Yggdrasill is "Odin's horse".

In Norse folklore, both the Acorn and its bearer, the oak tree, bring good fortune. The Vikings associated oak trees with Thor, the god who created thunder and lightning with his great anvil and hammer. Because the tree attracted lightning, it was sacred to Thor. Thus they believed that the Acorn, the fruit of the oak tree, was always spared the God's wrath, and so they began putting a lone Acorn on their windowsills to protect their homes from lightning's wrath.

In Norse folklore, both the Acorn and its bearer, the oak tree, bring good fortune. The Vikings associated oak trees with Thor, the god who created thunder and lightning with his great anvil and hammer. Because the tree attracted lightning, it was sacred to Thor. Thus they believed that the Acorn, the fruit of the oak tree, was always spared the God's wrath, and so they began putting a lone Acorn on their windowsills to protect their homes from lightning's wrath.

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