In 2016, the archaeologists discovered a small piece of amulet made of gold on the Aker farm to the East of Norway. The truth is, this is merely one of thousand pieces found across Scandinavia. It is the Viking couple amulet.
Roughly 3,000 pieces have been found in Scandinavia. After studying, the archaeologists believed that they dated back to around 6th and 10th century. All of them depict a man and a woman embracing each other. The interpretation of these pieces have been only theories by far.
The Viking couple amulet measures approximately 10 millimeters in cross-section and about 0.02 millimeters in thickness.
At first, the scholars put forward that it depicted two male warriors hugging each other. However, this was debunked.
The majority of the scholars believed that it depicted a man and a woman.
The woman wore a dress and her hair was similar with many depiction of Viking women. The man wore a pant. Both of them could hold a drinking horn or neck ring. It seemed like the small pieces were trying to tell a story.
The places where the archaeologists found out these pieces are also of interest. Because all of them appeared near/inside the houses of worship. For example, in 2008, the archaeologists excavated a Norse temple in Eastern Norway where they found out 30 pieces of Viking couple amulet.
Freyr and Gerd?
The most interesting theory about the Viking couple amulet is that it depicts the love story of God Freyr and Gerd the giantess.
Freyr was a god of fertility and summer. He violently fell for Gerd the giantess in Jotunheim. Freyr became lovesick yet he knew the relationship between a giantess and a god was a taboo. His love was so great that he gave up his magical sword to win the hand of the giantess. The loss of his sword finally put an end to his life during his battle in Ragnarok.