Detail view an oaken casket lid containing a preserved Norse giant’s heart. (5th century) The inscription on the casket is written in old Norse runes and reads: “Behold! Within this casket lies the heart of the fierce and terrible giant known as Hrungnir, slain this day by Fafrd the Red whose bravery and cunning shall live forever!”
Touching hairwork on glass. It is unusual to find hairwork pictures with a heart and/or a cross.
This is a set of tools which belonged to an Iron Age Viking craftsman. They apparently went overboard and were lost while he was trying to cross lake Mästermyr on the island of Gotland. In 1936 the wooden chest containing all the tools was found at the bottom of the former lake, which had turned into a bog over the centuries. This man had quite a collection of axes, hammers, tongs, punches, plate shears, saw blades, files, rasps, drills, chisels, knives, awls and whetstones among the 200 items.
The Mullamast Stone, from 500-600 in Ireland. There are 4 blade marks on the left side of the stone and 2 deep ones on top, suggesting that the stone was used as part of a “sword in the stone” kingship ritual. The perpetuation of the importance of the “sword in the stone,” which comes from Arthurian legend, demonstrates the continuity of Celtic rituals even after the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.