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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.

Evening gown, 1901. Norwegian Folk Museum

Evening gown, 1901. Norwegian Folk Museum

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

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

Viking Age house at Þjóðveldisbærinn by velostricken, via Flickr

Viking Age house at Þjóðveldisbærinn by velostricken, via Flickr

Viking key

Viking key

Viking era bronze key

Viking era bronze key

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".

Mammen 10th C Viking Embroideries

Mammen 10th C Viking Embroideries

TONE VIGELAND (NORWEGIAN, B.1938) HAIR COMB circa 1960, white...

TONE VIGELAND (NORWEGIAN, B.1938) HAIR COMB circa 1960, white...

Viking age key from Kvam, Aurland, Sogn og Fjordane

Viking age key from Kvam, Aurland, Sogn og Fjordane

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