Odin was among the most important and influential gods in the Viking belief. The Vikings respected and worshiped Odin who was the chief god of Asgard and god of war. From the Viking tales to the Viking archaeological excavation, we can see traces of Odin worship. Viking Odin artifact contributes a lot to describe the Viking cult of Odin worship.
Archaeologists found Viking Odin Artifact everywhere in Scandinavia
Viking Odin artifact over the time reveals from the dust. As the archaeologists have been finding out more and more of the Viking Odin artifact, we are close to fully understand how the religious tradition of the Vikings once was. The list of Odin artifact dating back from the Viking age include: the small Odin statue in Lejre, Odin with “horned” helmet in Denmark, and Odin on the Viking picture stones. There are many other Viking Odin artifact but in this blog post, we mention only three major antiques.
The Small Odin statue in Lejre
The statue of Odin in Lejre dated back to 900 AD. The group of amateur archaeologists happened to discover this statue in September 2009. The statue was a silver figurine featuring Odin sitting on his High Throne.
The claim that this statue was Odin met with disagreement. Some scholars pointed out that the dress the figurine was wearing belonged to a woman. But considering every feature of the small figurine, the chance that it was Odin was higher.
The man on his High Throne was wearing a cloak and sat on a throne. On the arms of the throne perched two ravens. Behind the throne were two animals which were similar to the Viking depiction of wolves. In Norse mythology, ravens and wolves were the constant companions of Odin. He had a pair of ravens whose names were Huginn and Muninn. Odin’s ravens were the Mind and the Thought of Odin as their names meant. When he sat on his High Throne, his wolves, Geri and Freki, were always around him. That is to say, it is more likely that the small statue in Lejre depicted Odin the Allfather.
A metal detector happened to find out an extremely small statue depicting Odin in Denmark. It would be just a Odin statue without the controversial horned helmet on his head.
The statue as small as a match features a man with beard and a well-groomed haircut. But what he wore on his head seemingly depicting the horned helmet/headdress. This raises a question as to whether the horned helmet did historically exist in the Viking age or not. The statue was discovered in a Viking site in Denmark and the archaeologists believed it was Odin whom the statue depicted.
Insightful scholars quickly found out the answer to the question above. The answer confirmed that the statue was not wearing the horned helmet. It was just helmet with two ravens initially. But the power of time and dust must have broken the top of the helmet off, resulting in the controversial helmet.
Archaeologists also gave out some evidence showing that other statues with the raven helmet did appear.
So whether the Viking horned helmet historically existed or not remained a question. But one thing we are sure is that the statue doesn’t feature any horned helmet.
Viking Picture Stone depicting Odin the Allfather
Archaeologists have been finding more and more Viking picture stones. One famous Viking picture stone depicting Odin the Allfather was the Tjangvide Image Stone.
In 1884, archaeologists found out the Tjangvide Image Stone on a farm to the west of Ljugarn, Gotland, Sweden. The stone featured on the flat piece of limestone.
This Viking picture stone tells the story of Odin coming back to Valhalla on his eight-legged Sleipnir horse. The woman welcoming him at the gate of Valhalla was the Valkyrie who was Odin’s female helping spirit. She was holding the drinking horns in the hands. Behind was a fighting scene of the Einherjar who was the fallen human warriors Odin chose to live in Valhalla. An animal next to the Valkyrie might be the dog that guarded the gate of Valhalla in Norse myth.