My Top 5 Favourite Norse Magickal Items
My Top 5 Favourite Norse Magickal Items 5 Gungnir Gungnir the 'Swaying One' is the spear of Odin, chief of the Aesir. It was created by the dwarves, the sons of Ivaldi as one of the gifts to the gods when Loki tricked them into a competition with rival smiths. It is perfectly balanced and once thrown is said to never miss it's target. In the war between the two tribes of gods, Odin led the Aesir gods into battle against the Vanir. He began the battle by hurling his spear over the enemy host and crying, “Óðinn á yðr alla!” (“Odin owns all of you!”). Also whilst searching for knowledge he simultaneously stabbed himself with Gungnir and hanged himself from the world tree, there he discovered the runes and their magick, it is said its point is etched with powerful runes. 4 Meginjord This was Thor's Mighty belt literally meaning 'Belt of Power.' When it was worn Thor's stength which was already great was said to increase greatly in order for him to achieve great feats. In Gylfaginning, Hann spennir sik megingjörðum, ok óx honum ásmegin, means "He girded himself with his belt of strength, and his divine strength grew". ("He" being Thor). 3 Gullinbursti Meaning ' Golden Bristles' Gullinbursti was a great boar crafted by the dwarves Brokk and Eitri as a gift to the God Freyr. Eitri threw a pig's skin into a furnace as Brokkr worked on the bellows, and together they manufactured the boar Gullinbursti which had bristles in its mane that glowed in the dark and gave it to Freyr saying that it could run through air and water better than any horse. Freyr rode the Boar to the funeral of Baldr 2 Mjolnir One of the greatest weapons ever created Mjolnir was the Hammer of Thor. It's name means Grinder in old norse and was created as a gift for Thor by the dwarves Brokk annd Eitri. There was however a flaw as the handle was very short, mainly due to interferance by Loki. " Sindri puts some iron in the forge and tells Brokkr not to stop pumping the bellows. Loki comes a third time and this time bites Brokkr on the eyelid even harder. The bite is so deep that it draws blood. The blood runs into Brokkr's eyes and forces him to stop working the bellows just long enough to wipe his eyes. This time, when Sindri returns, he takes Mjölnir out of the forge. The handle is shorter than Sindri had planned and so the hammer can only be wielded with one hand. Then he gave the hammer to Thor, and said that Thor might smite as hard as he desired, whatsoever might be before him, and the hammer would not fail; and if he threw it at anything, it would never miss, and never fly so far as not to return to his hand. 1 Skidbladnir The best of Norse ships this was a gift by the Sons of Ivaldi to Freyr. It was said to be the strongest, fastest ship ever created, it is stated that the ship is big enough for all of the gods to travel aboard it with wargear and weapons in tow, and that, as soon as its sail is hoisted, the ship finds good wind, and goes wherever it need be. It is made up of so many parts and with such craftsmanship that, when it is not needed at sea, it may be folded up like cloth and placed into one's pocket.