Handmade Falcon Pendant, Hand Carved, Moose Antlers

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Handmade Viking motifs falcon or eagle pendant, traditional Norse carving. This pendant is a fine gift for Viking art and history enthusiasts and fans.

Size: 58 mm / 2.28 inches

Material *: moose antlers. No animal has been injured, as moose drop their antlers from late March to mid-April. Due to their strength and durability since ancient times, the moose antlers were used in the manufacture of weapons and jewelry.

Interesting research from Reddit / Norse:

Both Freyja and Frigg seem to have been associated with falcons, both having a 'falcon-shape' (or 'feather-shape'). While these 'falcon-shapes' have generally been interpreted as cloaks of some sort, it's not actually clear what is meant. The word for this 'falcon-shape' is valshamr, where hamr generally means 'shape' in the context of shapeshifting, also commonly be found in the word arnarhamr, 'eagle-shape': in Skáldskaparmál 3, Þjazi "took his 'eagle-shape'"; in Skáldskaparmál 6, Odin "turned himself into 'eagle-shape'"; and in Vafþrúðnismál 37, Hræsvelgr is a jotun "in 'eagle-shape'" who causes the wind to blow by the beating of his wings.

In any case, below are the key passages concerning the 'falcon-shapes' of Freyja and Frigg.

Skáldskaparmál 3:

En er hann varð hræddr, þá kvaðst hann mundu sækja eftir Iðunni í Jötunheima, ef Freyja vill ljá honum valshams, er hon á.
Once he got scared, he [Loki] said that he would seek after Iðunn in Jotunheim, if Freyja would lend him her falcon-shape.

Þrymskviða 3:

"Muntu mér, Freyja, fjaðrhams léa,
ef ek minn hamar mættak hitta?"
"Would you, Freyja, lend me [Thor] your feather-shape,
so that I might search for my hammer?"

(Only Loki is described as actually using the fjaðrhamr, in stanzas 5 and 9.)

Skáldskaparmál 26:

... þá er hann flaug einu sinni at skemmta sér með valsham Friggjar ...
... when he [Loki] was flying for sport with Frigg's falcon-shape ...

Skáldskaparmál 27:

Hvernig skal kenna Frigg? Svá, at kalla hana ... valshams ...
How should one periphrase Frigg? Call her ... 'of the falcon-shape' ...


* Recommendations for wear and storage: Avoid protracted heat (saunas, baths, direct sunlight), as well as contact with water and household chemicals.

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