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Sailing down the Fjords, the Northmen and Women were hardy seafarers, fierce fighters and incredible craftspeople. The term Vikings meant “a pirate raid” in Old Norse.
Whether the Vikings wore tattoos or not, there are a plethora of symbols in Norse mythology and all of them make great independent tattoos. Making a sleeve tattoo, however, often includes combines different symbols and designs to get the final product. Some Nordic beliefs hint that the supreme god in the Norse mythology, Odin used this Nordic compass on his ventures as he’d always find the way and never get lost.
Vikings were the groups of warriors who came from Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Denmark and Sweden between 700 AD – 1100 AD (known as Viking age) in order to raid and settle in Europe, Asia and North Atlantic . Vikings were famous for their sailing and navigational skills. The name ‘Viking’ came from a language called ‘Old Norse’ that means ‘Pirate Raid’. They used to sail in their longboats and raid the coasts of Britain and nor-west of France for centuries.
History tells that the Vikings were covered in tattoos from the tips of their fingers to their necks. Viking tattoos were consist of ancient Norse symbols, various knot patterns or dark green symbols of trees. No one can really confirm the symbols or the patterns or designs that the Vikings used to use for their tattoos but it is likely that they would have used symbols from Norse mythology and the ancient designs found in their artworks on the jewelries, carvings on bones, boats and other artifacts.
From the 8th through the 11th centuries, the Vikings terrorized towns and nations throughout Europe. These Norse warriors overwhelmed opposing forces with their fighting skills. Even the Vikings’ appearance struck fear in the hearts of their opponents and victims. But did they have tattoos?
Some recent Danish archaeological research has revealed the colour palettes used by the Vikings, which range from rich reds and bright yellows to more earthy colours like greens and browns.
Viking tattoos are other Norse-inspired ink are extremely popular right now. If you're considering getting one, here's some visual inspiration. Enjoy! (Source: www.lifeinnorway.net)
The Norse word Aegishjalmr/Aegishjalmur/Ægishjálmr pronounced “eye-gish-hiowlm-er” means The Helm of Awe or The Helm of Terror. Aegishjalmur is meant to be a magic rune and the most powerful symbol in the Norse mythology. The symbol represents protection. Aegishjalmur is made of protection runes rotated around a circle so it is also called the circle of protection. Many Viking warriors used to paint, tattoo or crave this symbol on their forehead between the eyes or arms before going into a battle believing that it will protect them or make then invincible and create fear into the heart of their enemies.
Whether the Vikings wore tattoos or not, there are a plethora of symbols in Norse mythology and all of them make great independent tattoos. Making a sleeve tattoo, however, often includes combines different symbols and designs to get the final product.
Yggdrasil tattoos depict a huge Ash tree, which is central to Norse Mythology, and connects the nine worlds to each other. It was believed the Gods would visit the tree regularly, that great mythical creatures resided within the tree and that it was quite simply the centre of their universe.
It is a symbol of wisdom. Said to be derived from the Greek word "Triskeles" meaning "three legs", the Triskelion is actually seen in many different cultures, include Norse mythology.