More often visible on men, the Viking tattoo also appeals to women who want a powerful tattoo, filled with history and mystery. Odin's ravens, the runic script, the Fenrir wolf or the Helm of Awe: here is the meaning of the Viking symbols.
Exceptional warriors, explorers of the seas and fierce raiders, the vikings fascinate with their mysterious and mystical history. Representing strength and passion, the Vikings bring together the Nordic and Germanic peoples who, unlike the rest of Christianized Europe, remained pagan in their beliefs. Through their different representations in history, we discover that the Vikings wore many symbols which have now become popular motifs among the followers of the Viking-inspired tattoos.
A very powerful symbol in Norse mythology, the Helm of Awe consists of a circle and eight arms representing eight Algiz runes which were Viking runes of protection. Painted on the forehead of the warriors, this drawing allowed the Vikings to overcome fear and terrify the enemies. It symbolizes strength and invincibility .
Similar to the Helm of Awe, the Vegvisir is an Icelandic motif originally, but which was used by the Vikings, thus forming part of the mythology of the peoples of the North. The Vikings used it as a compass during their explorations at sea, each arm of the Vegvisir representing a cardinal or intercardinal direction. This precious boussole was akin to a talisman of protection, which guided the Vikings to find their true path, at sea and in life.
The God Odin was always accompanied by his two crows, Hugin (meaning 'thought') and Munin (meaning 'memory') who spied on enemies and flew over battlefields in search of prey. Because like all crows, they fed on the rotting flesh of men who died in battle.
Taking on the face of actor Travis Fimmel who plays Ragnar Lodbrok in the series Vikings , this character was a semi-legendary king who is said to have lived in the 9th century. If its existence cannot be proven, many stories speak of Ragnar as being an outstanding warrior whose particularity was to plunder during Christian holy days.
Son of god loki and of the giantess Angrboda, bringer of misfortune, Fenrir was a gigantic wolf of considerable strength. Deemed too dangerous and uncontrollable by the gods, he was chained until the dawn of the battle of Ragnarök during which he ate Odin. The latter was avenged by one of his sons, Vidar, who killed the wolf Fenrir.
A very popular Viking tattoo, the Valknut consists of three interlocking triangles with the tip facing upwards. It symbolizes the journey of the brave Vikings who died in battle going to Valhalla , a landscape within the realm of the gods. The Valknut represents the honor of the brave warriors who are welcomed by Odin to Valhalla.
Visible on all Viking symbols and objects, runic writing was used by the Vikings to communicate with the gods, only. They used this alphabet system to ask them for help and ask them about their concerns.