Old norse viking mythology and symbols
“Lo, there do I see my father. Lo, there do I see my mother, and my sisters, and my brothers. Lo, there do I see the line of my people, Back to the beginning! Lo, they do call to me. They bid me take my place among them, In the halls of Valhalla! Where the brave may live forever!” ~The Viking Prayer.
In Norse mythology, Huginn (from Old Norse "thought" and Muninn (Old Norse "memory" or "mind" are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world, Midgard, and bring information to the god Odin. In the Poetic Edda, a disguised Odin expresses that he fears that they may not return from their daily flights. The Prose Edda explains that Odin is referred to as "raven-god" due to his association with Huginn and Muninn.
In Norse mythology, Sleipnir is an eight-legged horse. Sleipnir is Odin's steed, is the child of Loki and Svaðilfari, is described as the best of all horses, and is sometimes ridden to the location of Hel. The Prose Edda contains extended information regarding the circumstances of Sleipnir's birth, and details that he is grey in color.
Data on Uppsala temple comes from the monk Adam of Bremen, who described the rites in the 1070s. How close to reality he was, we do not know. He writes that a golden chain surrounds the temple that hangs from the gables of the building. The chain is very visible to those approaching the temple from a distance due to the landscape where the temple was built; it is surrounded by hills, "like an amphitheatre."
There were several major places of worship in the north, where people went to celebrate the feasts. In Uppsala, it said to have been a pagan temple where every nine years was a great sacrificial feast. During the nine days were sacrificed 72 living creatures, both animals and people (there were serfs who sacrificed). Bodies were then hung up in a large tree, the Sacrifice tree, on the cult of the site, which would symbolize Yggdrasil.
As a fertility god Freyr appeared often with prominent phallus. The cult included songs and acts that shocked contemporary Christians, condemning the cult as indecent. The tradition is still alive and Freyr symbolized here by a raised stone phallus, in Rödsten, Östergötland, Sweden. The stone colored annually by the district surviving pagans....... ;-)
Written around 1080, by Adam of Bremen. His description of the Temple at Uppsala gives some details on the gods: In this temple, entirely decked out in gold, the people worship the statues of three gods in such wise that the mightiest of them, Thor, occupies a throne in the middle of the chamber; Odin and Frey have places on either side. The significance of Frey, who bestows peace and pleasure on mortals. His likeness, too, they fashion with an immense phallus.
Freyr is one of the Vanir, the son of the sea god Njörðr, brother of the goddess Freyja. He live at Álfheimr, the realm of the Elves, He rides the dwarf-made boar Gullinbursti and have the ship Skíðblaðnir which always has a favorable breeze and can be folded together and carried in a pouch. He has the servants Byggvir, and Beyla. Freyr's falling in love with the female jötunn Gerðr. she becomes his wife but first Freyr has to give away his magic sword which fights on its own.
Freyr or Frey, from *frawjaz "lord" is one of the most important gods of Norse paganism. Freyr was associated with sacral kingship, virility and prosperity, with sunshine and fair weather, and was pictured as a phallic fertility god, Freyr "bestows peace and pleasure on mortals".
Andhrímnir (Old Norse "sooty" is the chef of the Æsir and einherjar in Norse mythology. Every day in Valhalla, he slaughters the beast Sæhrímnir and cooks it in Eldhrímnir, his cauldron. At night, Sæhrímnir is restored to life to be eaten again the next day. He also makes the Æsir's mead from the milk of Heidrun, a goat.
A runestone is typically a raised stone with a runic inscription, but the term can also be applied to inscriptions on boulders and on bedrock. The tradition began in the 4th century, and it lasted into the 12th century, but most of the runestones date from the late Viking Age. Most runestones are located in Scandinavia, but there are also scattered runestones in locations that were visited by Norsemen during the Viking Age. Runestones are often memorials to deceased men. Runestones were usual...