NORSE IMAGES OR SYMBOLS

The symbols or images you will find in this article are published in their primary form. Many of these symbols are similiar to those found in other cultures. However, often you will find that a seemingly identical symbol may have an unequal or incompatible interpretation among different civilizations.

The proper interpretation of these symbols is therefore very uncertain. Because there are no written sources concerning the subject which construes these symbols, I would have to make a guess in order to interpret each symbol or image. Since I would not be able to prove such assertions, I will not take the plunge and attempt to do so.

But take a look at these symbols and try to identify them the next time you are looking at Norse ornamentation described in stone, wood, textile, bone or metal.



SYMBOLS FOR THE SUN AND/OR HEAVEN
Himmel


VERSIONS OF THE ODIN KNOT OR THE VAL KNOT
Valknuten


SYMBOLS WITH A CIRCLE DIVIDED INTO THREE EQUAL PORTIONS
Treskeller


SYMBOLS CONSTRUCTED FROM THE PENTAGON
Femkant


SYMBOLS WITH THE QUADRANGLE AS THE PRIMARY FORM
Firkant




SYMBOLS WITH THE TRIANGLE AS THE PRIMARY FORM
Triangle
The Hrunger’s heart?


SYMBOLS WITH SPIRAL FORMS
Spiral

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Created by Arild Hauge © Denmark, Århus 2002
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Last updated 21.10.2002