If you get acquainted with the art of Medieval Scandinavia, which has come down to us in the form of amazing pictorial ornaments, skillful runic inscriptions and magnificent skald poetry, it will be hard to call the Vikings as fearsome berserkers and conquerors.

Unfortunately we know so little about the artisans of Ancient Scandinavia, not many items have survived because of perishable character of raw materials. Basically, these are metal, stone, wood, antler and bone products.

Initially, the ornaments of ritual or everyday objects were quite quit schematic and primitive. Over time, when the technology for making iron objects and tools became more accessible, skillful art pieces became more widespread among all segments of the population, and not just the nobility, Vikings Kings and Jarls. But during the Wendel period (550-750, the name is given from the place of archaeological finds of that time, Wendel), the Scandinavians began to develop their own styles of visual arts.

The artworks of the Viking Age craftsmen often depicts animals: wolves, bears, snakes and all kinds of birds with special place giver to Odin Ravens and Falcons. The beasts had a symbolic role. It is assumed that they played the role of amulets, protectors of their owners, talismans. The depicted animals gave strength or special qualities necessary for the Vikings in battle and navigation.

The same applies to figures and images of the Norse Gods: Odin, Thor, Frey, his sister Freya and many others. Different amulets were helping to find protection of the divine patrons in battles or simply brought good luck.

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