Loki Shears the Lady Sif’s Hair in the Garden, by ~Alexiel-VIII

Sewing and embroidery time ! WIP of my next viking dress.

The Berserks and the Ulfhednir were notorious warriors, feared for their bravery and anger. Screaming in ecstatic fury, biting their shields, unaffected of pain. Literarily the names means those who wear bearskin and the wolf hoods. From the old Viking town of Hedeby a mask made of wool in the shape of a bear, found during the dig of the Town, is interpreted as a Berserkmask by some archaeologists…

"Descendant" by Danish artist Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2013.

A Timeline for Viking Art Styles
Viking art, in common with almost all Germanic art of this period is zoomorphic, but it does not attempt a naturalistic representation of animals. Instead the animals are contorted, often intertwined, or gripping or biting each other, and often with flowing tendrils. As can be seen from the above table, these art styles overlapped, with two and sometimes three styles remaining in fashion at the same time.

In Germanic and Norse mythology, Wayland the Smith (Old English: Wēland; Old Norse: Völundr, Velentr; Old High German: Wiolant; Proto-Germanic:*Wēlandaz, from *Wēla-nandaz, lit. “battle-brave”) is a legendary master blacksmith. In Old Norse sources, Völundr appears in Völundarkviða, a poem in the Poetic Edda, and in Þiðrekssaga, and his legend is also depicted on the Ardre image stone VIII. In Old English sources, he appears in Deor, Waldere and in Beowulf and the legend is depicted on the Franks Casket. He is mentioned in the German poems about Dietrich von Bern as the Father of Witige.
Wayland had two brothers, Egil and Slagfiðr, and they were the three sons of the king of the Finns according to Völundarkviða. In one version of the myth, the three brothers lived with three Valkyries: Ölrún, Hervör alvitr and Hlaðguðr svanhvít. After nine years, the Valkyries left their lovers. Egil and Slagfiðr followed, never to return. In another version, Wayland married the swan maiden Hervör, and they had a son, Heime, but Hervör later left Wayland. In both versions, his love left him with a ring. In the former myth, he forged seven hundred duplicates of this ring.
Later, he was captured in his sleep by King Niðhad in Nerike who ordered him hamstrung and imprisoned on the island of Sævarstöð. There he was forced to forge items for the king. Wayland’s wife’s ring was given to the king’s daughter, Bodvild. Nidud wore Wayland’s sword.
In revenge, Wayland killed the king’s sons when they visited him in secret, fashioned goblets from their skulls, jewels from their eyes, and a brooch from their teeth. He sent the goblets to the king, the jewels to the queen and the brooch to the king’s daughter. When Bodvild took her ring to him to be mended, he took the ring and raped her, fathering a son and escaping on wings he made. Wayland (Völund) made the magic sword Gram (also named Balmung and Nothung) and the magic ring that Thorsten retrieved.
Swords forged by Wayland
Adylok / Hatheloke, the sword of Torrent of Portyngale, according to The Romance Torrent of Portyngale.
Almace, the sword of Archbishop Turpin, according to Karlamagnus Saga.
Caliburn, in Mary Stewart’s Arthurian Legend, is the sword of Macsen, Merlin, and Arthur.
Curtana, the sword of Ogier the Dane, according to Karlamagnus Saga.
Durandal, the sword of Roland, according to Karlamagnus Saga: though in Orlando Innamorato Durandal is said to have been originally the sword of Hector of Troy.
Mimung, which he forged to fight the rival smith Amilias, according to Thidrekssaga; Karlamagnus Saga relates that Mimung later came into the possession of Landri or Landres, nephew of Charlemagne.
The unnamed sword of Huon of Bordeaux, according to Lord Berners.
An unnamed sword whose history is related by Rudyard Kipling in Puck of Pook’s Hill.
The unnamed sword of the hero in the Chanson de Gui de Nanteuil.
"Un ouvrier de Galan", a journeyman of Wayland’s, is said to have forged the hero’s sword Merveilleuse in the Chanson de Doon de Mayence.
Gram, the sword of Sigmund, which would be destroyed by Odin, and is later reforged by Regin and used by Sigmund’s son Sigurd to slay the dragon Fafnir, according to the Völsunga saga.
The Hammer of Thor



A small hammer dating to the 10th century was found recently on the Danish Island of Lolland. Over 1000 of these amulets have been found across Northern Europe but the pendant from Lolland is the only one with a runic inscription.

This particular torshammere (Thor’s Hammer Amulet) was found…

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Rune Stone with Loki
On the stone from Snaptun Loki is depicted with his mouth sewn up. Loki had gambled his life in a bet with the dwarf Brokk. When Loki lost, he saved his life by saying that Brokk could take his head but not any of his neck. As a punishment for breaking his promise, the gods gave the dwarf permission to close Loki’s mouth – with a needle and thread.
National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet Denmark)

Question: Who are Mimir’s sons?


Do you know anything about the “sons of Mimir”? I think they’re talked about in Voluspa. I was just wondering what/who they were, as I’ve never seen anything else about them.

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Wooden box by Das Greiftier

The Death of Fafnir by Howard Pyle, 1882

Baldr the belovedartwork by Matthew de Witte

Thorskegga Thorn

Heathen goddess of the Underworld.