Artwork Explained: Viking Runes

April 07, 2021 2 min read

Artwork Explained: Viking Runes

Introducing this week's design drop the captivating Viking Runes apparel range, inspired by the mystical runic Furtharks. This extraordinary work of wearable art features the most incredible artwork in a gold against black colorway that illuminates the details of the symbols. Let's now explore the meaning and the artwork behind this incredible work of wearable art. 

In Norse Mythology the chief of the Aesir Gods Odin impaled himself with his own spear and hung himself on the Norse world tree, Yggdrasil for nine days and nights in order to gain knowledge and perceive the meaning of the runes. Runes were symbols that came from the well of Urd. The Norns used these runes to carry fate that originated from the well up the branches of Yggdrasil and to the nine realms that the tree holds. 

This brings you to realise that the Vikings did not think of these runes as simple letters or words but that the runes had very powerful philosophical and magical traits. Runes were not used to read and write with as we use our alphabet today but they were used as important inscriptions. These runes were carved into rune stones in order to celebrate their forefathers and also to mark the graves of heroes. Because runes had meaning, they were considered to be able to use as a means of communication between the natural and the mystical and could also be used for spells and protection. 

This work of wearable art is a celebration of the runic furtharks and beautifully depict the runic alphabet and symbolism. The runic Furtharks can be divided into 2 different alphabets, the younger and elder Furthark. These Furtharks are rarely easy to find once you look it up. We will be updating this blog soon and adding a cheat sheet of both the Furtharks very soon!  

We hope you love this one just as much as we do! 
-Lunafide Team <3

Viking Runes Artwork Gallery

 




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