The Vikings worshiped many gods which we can call the Norse Pantheon. Every god occupied a number of qualities that help to build their personal characteristics and power. Because the Vikings joined many battles and wars, they needed someone to empower them in the battles because skills only were not enough. So who were the Viking Gods of War in Norse mythology and in the Viking belief?
If we ever rule out Odin in the list, it will be a big mistake.
Odin the Allfather was the ruler of Asgard. He possessed the highest position in the Norse Pantheon and the High Throne Hliðskjálf. Odin was a nonstop knowledge seeker and he was always willing to sacrifice many things just to gain knowledge. The aspect of war that Odin could affect revolved around the mentality. To be specific, Odin was wise and maybe all the tactics were his creation. Moreover, Odin possessed the power to instill the fear into the enemies without touching them.
Odin himself had a famous spear Gungnir whose reputation can rival Mjolnir Hammer of Thor. Once Odin hurled the Gungnir spear, it must hit the target and fly back to the hand of Odin. Prior to the battle, Odin would throw his Gungnir spear saying “Odin owes you all” and the battle began. This became a traditional gesture of power in many Viking battles. However, Odin didn’t show up in many battles in comparison with other gods. But Norse enthusiasts still consider Odin to be the God of War.
Whenever it comes to Thor, there was not much explanation because Thor has gained so much popularity in the last few years. The popularity of Thor might surpass his father, Odin the Allfather. Thor had a powerful weapon which was the Mjolnir Hammer. With the aid of his Mjolnir Hammer, Thor defended not only gods living inside Asgard but also the humans in Midgard. Nearly all of the giants who were the enemies of gods were afraid of the Mjolnir hammer of Thor. Because Thor wouldn’t hesitate a second to wield the hammer and smash the skull of any giant.
Being the son of a god and a giantess, Thor was among the most physically powerful gods. Though Thor wasn’t the strongest, he fathered the strongest god in Norse mythology.
The Vikings worshiped Thor for his generosity and strength. They even got the necklace with the Mjolnir hammer pendant as a symbol of Thor. The Vikings wore the Mjolnir hammer pendant into the war. Because the Vikings believed Thor would appear and empower them to get through the bloody war.
Tyr was among the most popular gods in Norse mythology. He was the court of justice and honor in the Viking belief. Tyr was so brave that he was the only one that dared to approach Fenrir the wolf and feed him when he was a child. God Tyr even lost one hand when he volunteered to follow Fenrir’s requirement. He sacrificed his things to get the good for his community. Many respected Tyr for he was the only one that was ashamed of the action of oath-breaking of gods. He was so ashamed that he decided to volunteer though he knew that Fenrir would bite his hand. In this point, Tyr was conveying the great values of his in Norse mythology.
The aspect of war each god embodied
We might feel that only Thor is the most suitable among all the Viking gods of war we mention. Because only Thor was physically strong enough to join the battle and make the enemies knee down. But strength alone wasn’t enough. There are many contributing factors to make one become a powerful warrior.
Wisdom which Odin possessed is important in the battle. Don’t try to win the battle with strength first. Because it is the easiest thing that all people will do when they join the battle. You have to know how to win it first. That is what makes you different from others. Wisdom is what the majority don’t have.
And that is what makes you win the game. Strength is also among the most important factors. Without physical strength, one will never be able to encounter the enemies in the battle even if the tactics are perfect. When the tactics are the thought, the actions lie in the strength. Physical strength is what put the wisdom into practice. And what about the justice? Does war really need justice? Yes, it does. Because the warriors, especially the leader, have to make the legal decisions and the principles of the justice on the battlefields. Overall, the three Viking gods of war build a epitome of a great warrior when they come together and fight.