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Solfarid (the Sun Voyager) in Reykjavik, Iceland. – Thinking critically

Solfarid (the Sun Voyager) is a modern sculpture in Reykjavik Iceland. Although a modern addition to the art pieces in the city, it has engraved itself as one of the cities greatest monuments as visitors, tourists as well as locals flocking to sit by it, climb onto it or get selfies taken with it. It was made by an Icelandic artist, Jon Gunnar Arnason who in 1986, won a completion funded by the City in order to celebrate Reykjavik's 200 year anniversary. Many assume that the Sun Voyager is a modern representation of a Viking ship but according to the sculptor, that was not the intention or thought behind it. The idea was that it was to represent a dream...

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Reconstructed Tablet Woven Bands found in the North - from the Iron Age

These are reconstructions of Tablet Woven Bands found in Nordic Iron Age graves. They are on display in the Silbeborg Museum in Silkeborg in Denmark - along with a  great deal of other intersting finds. These are merely put here for your reference so that you can research the pieces of interest to you seperately and on your own accord.  1. Found in Lonne Hede near Esbjerg in Denmark. From 1st century AD - It would have been a decoration to a "nederdel" i.e. skirt or dress hemm.2. Found in a grave in Hochdorf near Stuttgart in Germany. This was decoratind the hemm of a blanket. From 5th centure BC.3. Found in a grave in Dätgen in North Germany. From...

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The Icelandic Wolf Mjölnir pendant / cross

Symbolism in Iceland was and still is of huge importance. When the country was settled, it was established that it was guarded by four landvættir (land spirits). Their purpose is to protect the area where they live and bless it with prosperity. The area can range in size from a small rock to a mountain range. In Iceland, each land quarter has a very powerful spirit to protect the land. The four landvættir are the dragon (Dreki) who protects the east, the eagle (Gammur) which guards the north, the bull (Griðungur) shelters the west, and the giant (Bergrisi) shielding the south.

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Beads (sörvistölur) from the Viking Age in Iceland

I was recently asked by a beadmaker friend if I could gather some information about Viking age bead finds in Iceland. The below is what I found: Beads (sörvistölur) from the Viking Age in Iceland In Iceland, beads as they are known as in English are known as sörvistölur in Icelandic. A total of 42 burial finds in Iceland have contained beads. Out of those finds 8 of them are known to have belonged to men and 21 are known to have belonged to women. This is quite interesting as it is often maintained that men didn´t wear beads and that only women did. Jan Petersen (Jan Petersen (Vikingetidens smykker i Norge) has however proved that men often wore beads...

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