This pendant features a Triple Horn which represents the Norse Mead of Poetry encircled by the Elder Futhark Runes stacked on top of the Helm of Awe, Ægishjálmr.
Pendant height 1 5/8"
Pendant width 1 1/2"
Necklace length is 23 1/2"
All pendant necklaces come with a stainless steel chain.
At the end of the Aesir/Vanir War the Gods and Goddesses vowed a truce by spitting into a great vat. From their spittle they formed the wisest human being named Kvasir. One day Kvasir was killed by the dwarves, Fjalar and Galar (Deceiver and Screamer) who brewed Kvasir's blood into a magical mead. Any who drank the mead would become a scholar or poet. The dwarves delighted in murder and mischief and drowned the giant Gilling out at sea for pure sport. Gilling's son, Suttung, soon learned of his father's murder and captured the dwarves. Suttung released the dwarves when they granted to Suttung the mead they brewed from Kvasir's blood. Suttung hid the mead beneath the mountain Hnitbjorg where his daughter, Gunnlod, would watch over it.
Now Odin desired the mead and promised to spend three nights with Gunnlod for three sips of the mead. After the third night, Odin went to the mead, which was stored in three horns, and consumed each horn's contents in a single draught. Odin then changed himself into an eagle and flew back to Asgard.
The Elder Futhark Runes are the original runic alphabet of the ancient Vikings and consists of 24 letters. The runes are symbols of the most powerful forces in the cosmos. The word 'rune' means both letter and secret. Runes allow one to access, use, and change the world shaping forces they symbolize. Odin watched the Norns from his seat in Asgard and envied their powers and wisdom and bend his will toward the task of coming to know the runes. To gain the secret knowledge of the runes Odin sacrificed himself to himself. He hung himself from a branch of Yggdrasil , pierced himself with his spear, and stared down into the shadowy waters of the Well of Urd below calling to the runes for nine days and nine nights. At the end of the ninth night the Runes accepted Odin's sacrifice and shown themselves to him, revealing to him all their secrets and powers they possessed.
Then I was fertilized and became wise;
I truly grew and thrived.
From a word to a word I was led to a word,
From a work to a work I was led to a work.
The following is from the Poetic Edda in the book of Fáfnismál where Fafnir declares his strength and power from using the Helm of Awe.
The Helm of Awe
I wore before the sons of men
In defense of my treasure;
Amongst all, I alone was strong,
I thought to myself,
For I found no power a match for my own.
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