Viking Medallions and Pendants

Heilsa! Thanks for stopping in. I've got several hundred pieces and this is just a start. I'll try to keep adding pieces as time permits.

The division between Norse and Celtic is somewhat arbitrary. One is largely derived from the other, and there is a lot of crossover, so be sure to visit the Celtic Medallion Page as well.

The most important Viking Age Medallion, the Thor's Hammer has its own page, don't miss it either!

A note on pricing; for those of you who aren't aware, the price of silver has risen dramatically. You will note that some items are a lot more expensive than other iems that appear very similar. This is because they were made more recently with the higher priced silver.

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Open Valknot
#5113; The Valknut was common from the earliest Viking period. It is said to represent the three realms of existence, and the ability to travel among them. It is closely associated with Odin. (1.1"H by .96"W)
The price is $12 in bronze and $20 in silver.

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Closed Valknot
#5114; The same design in a tighter, closed form. (about 1"H by .83"W)
The price in silver is $20, and in bronze it is $12.

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Valknot Futhark
#5141; Odin's symbol, the Valknot, is surrounded by Odin's gift, the Elder Futhark. (1.65" high, 1.3" wide)
The price in silver is $55.
and in bronze it is $15.

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World Tree Futhark
# 5130; The World Tree Yggdrassil, on which Odin hung in his quest for the runes, is shown surrounded by the Elder Futhark, the Runic Alphabet. The Midgard Serpant is shown at it's roots. (1.65" high, 1.3" wide)
The price in bronze is $15, slver is $45

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Futhark Dragon
#5126; A wise old dragon surrounded by the Elder Futhark.(1.75" high, 1.35" wide)
The price in silver is $45, the price in bronze is $15.

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Odin's Messenger
#5122; This image is found frequently throughout the earlier Viking era. It is thought to represent Odin's Messenger. Here is similar example found in a grave in Uppland, Sweden (1 1/2" high without the suspension loop, .93"W)
The price in silver is $30, and in bronze it is $15

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Odin's Messenger
#N-52; Here is the same image done by a different craftsman. This one is larger at almost 2" (1 15/16) tall. There isn't a loop on the back for a chain or thong, so if you want to wear it on a necklace you'll have to run it through the horns or add a ring.
The price in silver is $25, and in bronze it is $15.

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Odin
#5118; Odin depicted in typical guise with wide hat, cloak and spear. He's accompanied by Huginn and Muninn (Thought and Memory), the ravens who keep him informed of the happenings on Earth. It's no accident that these are also the "birds of battle" that are fed on the carrion of the battlefield. (2.05"H with suspension loop, .68"W)
The price in silver is $35, in bronze $15.

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Frigg
#5116; "The Queen of Heaven, and Odin's wife. She who knows all the secrets of the world."
The price in silver is $45, in bronze $15.

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Frigga Ear Spoon
#1300; Viking men and ladies were fastidious about cleanliness, and decorative ear spoons have been found in several graves. This one depicts Frigga offering a horn. It's about 3" tall including the ring.
Silver is $45, bronze is $20.

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Thor
#5147; Thor is shown with his Belt of Strength, Iron Gauntets, and of course his Hammer. With the suspension ring it's about 2" tall.
The price is $45 in silver, and $15 in bronze.

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Seated Thor
#5112; a close copy of a small bronze figure found in northern Iceland.
It is thought to depict Thor with his Hammer, and is about 1 1/2" tall.
The price is $45 in silver, and $20 in bronze.

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The Sacred Marriage
#5121; This pattern was common before and during the Viking Age. Here are two examples found in Helgo, Uppland, Sweden, and currently in the Statens Historiska, Stockholm. The originals were often gilded or wrapped in gold foil. It is thought to represent Freyr and Freya. The names are early forms of "Lord" and "Lady". (1.67" high, .84" wide)
The price is $45 in silver, and $15 in bronze.

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Freyr Pendant
#5110; A fertility God (obviously), this was modeled after a series found in Sweden.
It's about 1.1" tall. The price in silver is $40, in bronze, $20.

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Ing
5123; Ing is the earlier form of Freyr. The full name is Ingvi-Freyr, Lord Ing. The image and inscription were supplied by a visiting Norwegian practioner of the Old Religion. It's said to be an invocation to Ing, that he provides the opportunity to achieve the most of one's potential. Ing supplies the opportunity, it up to you to make it happen. It's about 1 5/8' tall including the ring, and about 5/8" wide.
The price in silver is $35, in bronze $15.

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Tyr
5148; Tyr is the one handed God, having lost a hand in the binding of Fenris. He is brave in war and learned in lore. He is invoked in matters of war and law, and his rune was often placed on weapons. Here He is depicted with a sword and the bound Fenris. It's 2.1" tall with the loop.
The price in silver is $45 Out of Stock, in bronze $15

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Freya
#5115; Freya, a Goddess of love, beauty and fertility, one of the Vanir. Shown here with her familiar, "the mouser". Freya collects half of the souls of the battlefield dead, Odin gets the other half. It's about 2" tall with the loop, and .662" wide.
The price in silver is $45, in bronze $15.

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Freya riding a cat
#5119; Freya, shown riding Her familiar. She is wearing her necklace Brisingamen, and little else. It's about 1 1/2" tall and 1 1/8" wide.
The price in silver is $45, in bronze $15.

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Freya, seated
#5111; Freya, shown seated with a bird on her outstreched hand. It's cast in the round and is about 1 1/8" tall.
The price in silver is $45, in bronze $20.

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Iduna
#5117; Iduna bringing the golden apples of health and youthfulness. My mother, who is in her 90's, wears one of these and she golfs two or three times a week in the Summer. . Of course your mileage may be different. It's about 2" tall including the loop.
The price in silver is $45, in bronze $15.

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Braggi
#5151; Bragi is the son of Odin and the husband of Iduna. Snori Sturluson writes in the Gylfaginning; "One is called Bragi: he is renowned for wisdom, and most of all for fluency of speech and skill with words. He knows most of skaldship, and after him skaldship is called bragr." He's depicted with the usual long beard, lyre and drinking horn. It's just over 2" tall.
The price in silver is $50, in bronze $15.

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Njord
#5155; Njord, or Njörðr, is the father of Freya and Freyr, and is associated with the sea, seafaring, wind, fishing, wealth, and crop fertility. The pendant is just over 2" tall.
The price in silver is $35, in bronze $15.

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Traveler's Charm
#5131; The image is from the Gotland Stone, with two travelers on the “whale’s road”, the sea. On the back in runes is an English translation of Frigg’s blessing to Odin as he was leaving on a journey:
"Unharmed go forth,
Unharmed return,
Unharmed back home.
About 1 3/4" high with the loop, and about 3/4" wide, the price in silver is $35,
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Ullr
#5146; Ullr is the God of skiing, archery and the hunt. Fair to look upon, he is so skilled in these things that none can match him. The medallion is bit more than an inch in diameter., Silver is $35
and bronze is $15.

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Ullr Silver Penny
In Viking times it was common to use coins as pendants. This is a coin in honor of Ullr, designed in the fashion of the Viking age, but NOT a copy of an existing artifact. The front shows Ullr in conventional fashion on skis with bow and arrow in hand. The back is a classic cross of double-lines (guides to cutting the coin into quarters) with the text VINLANDMONETA (translation: Vinland Money). Note that the text terminator on the inscription is a Thor's Hammer, rather than the Cross used by Christain Vikings on similar coins of the tenth century. The coin is actually minted between hand engraved dies, so no two are identical, and the edges are irregular. Like many peroid coins, it is very thin (.059") and light, and a bit less than 7/8" in diameter. It's minted from "coin silver", which is 90% silver, a bit less pure than Sterling (92.5%), and more typical of the better period coinage. The silver penny is $18
It's also available as a pin for $19.


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Viking Whetstone

In Viking times small whetstones were often worn as pendants. These are reproductions of whetstone pendants found in a Viking Age York. Similar pendants have been found in Kalåstad, Norway, Birka, and Gotland. They are cut from Jasper, and seem about midway between hard white and hard black Arkansas stones in action. That means they are very fine, and suitable for final edge rather than removing nicks from a damaged blade. They vary in color and size, but are mostly muted reds and greens, and about 3" tall, 11/16" wide, and 1/4" thick. Each comes with a string and descriptive packaging. Imported from Sweden, the price is $14.


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Leif Eriksson Coin
In the same vein is this coin of Leif Eriksson.
The silver penny is $16 Out of Stock,
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The Bird of Valltjärn
The Bird of Valltjärn is another peice of granualtion work. The original piece was found hidden under a tree root near the river of Vindeln in Lappland Sweden. It's dated to about 1100 A.D. The two feet are articulated separate pieces, and the piece is about 2 1/2" tall. In silver it is $78.
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The Tolsta Moon
Lunula or moon images occured in a number of places. This one is from Tolsta in Hälsingland. Here's a picture of a similar original piece. It's about 1 1/2" wide. In silver, the price is $46.
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The Bird Lunula
#8101; Here's another from the Eastern Vikings, the Rus. The original piece is from Nitra-Lupka, Poland. It's about 1 3/8" wide and 1 3/16" high. In silver, the price is $35, and in bronze it is $15.
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The Grape Lunula
#8102; Here's another from the same area. It's about 1 1/2" wide and 1 3/8" high. In silver, the price is $35, and in bronze it is $15.
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Viking Boar
#1226: The boar was a symbol of warlike fierceness in Viking times. Viking helms were often decorated with a boar. This is a stylized boar pendant in the Celtic or Viking tradition. It's just over 2" long and 1 3/8" wide. The price in silver is $55, and in bronze it is $20.
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Mammen Axe
#NV16; Here is the famous Mammen Axe rendered as a pendant. It's three dimentional with a pattern on each side. It's about 2" long and an inch high.
The price in silver is (sold out), and in bronze it is $24.

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Gullrum Comb Pendant
Everyday items were often depicted in jewelry, and here is a comb pendant. It's about 1 1/2 inches wide, and 1 1/4 inches high. The original was found in Gullrum, Gotland. Imported from Sweden, $29.

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Eldsberg Flintstriker Pendant
Here's another everyday item, the characteristic Viking Age firestriker. It's about 1 1/2" wide and fabricated in silver as a combination of repoussé and wire work. Imported from Sweden, $40.

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Arrowhead
This is a forged iron arrowhead, replicated in silver or bronze. About 3" long, it actually has the socket for the arrow shaft, and could be mounted on an arrow if you like (3/8" shaft). It would be just the thing for a bit of period vampire hunting.
It could also be considered a minature spearhead as a symbol of Odin.
In silver the price is $40, and in bronze it is $20.

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Runic Direction Wheel
#5128; "A charm to see you safely there and back." The four quarters direction wheel, with runes to mark the directions. It's about 1 1/4" in diameter.
In silver $45, in bronze $15.

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Solar Wheel
#5012; A very early Nordic symbol representing the sun and the four quarters. The points of this rendition are terminated with the open "Trishulas" of the triple goddess. Sometimes worn by Celtic Christians as well as Heathens, it has a simple elegance. (1.15" dia.)
Bronze is $15, silver is $30.

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Sun Boat
#5129; Another very early Nordic symbol representing the four quartered sun, this time traveling across the sky in her boat. Inspired by the Bronze age rock carvings from Bohuslän, Sweden, this piece is about 1 1/2" tall and just over an inch wide.
In silver $30. in bronze $15.

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Raven Solar Wheel
#3102; Here's a Solar Wheel with one of Odin's ravens. It's a little over 1" high.
The price is $25 in silver, and $15 in bronze.

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Eagle Solar Wheel
#3101; and another with an eagle, about 1 3/8" high.
In silver $25, in bronze $15.

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Wolf Solar Wheel
#3100; Here's yet another with a wolf.
In silver $25, in bronze $15.

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Double headed bird of prey,
or Midgard Serpent.
(1.56"H)
#NV11; The price is (out of stock) in silver,
and $25 in bronze.

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Sythian Bear
#5603; Here's one for the berserkers out there. It's about 1 1/2" high, and 1 1/4" wide.
The price in silver is $45, and in bronze it is $15

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Fenris Bound
This is an image found wherever the Norse traveled, from Dublin to Kiev. It is still in widespread use today as protection charm for travelers. It is painted on the ends of Gipsy and Tinker wagons, and has appeared on traveling boxes since the Viking Age. The image is of Fenris bound, seemingly by his own tongue. The pose is typical, with the head twisted backward so he is looking over his shoulder, and the tongue entangling the feet.

#5108; This medallion is the result of a chance encounter with an Irish hitchhiker. He was wearing a medallion that was obviously ancient, and of interesting design. He said it had been in his family for at least 200 years, and had been passed down from eldest son to eldest son. Since he was traveling to America, his father gave him the medallion for protection on the journey. Although it was well worn, this is what that medallion might have looked like when it was new. (1.2" dia.)

The price is $45 in silver, and $15 in bronze.

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Fenris Bound
#5107; The same image is available in a solid medalion without the cut outs.
The price is $45 in silver, and $15 in bronze.

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Irminsul
#5142; The Irminsul is the World Tree of the Germanic peoples, especially the Anglo-Saxons. The tree, or pillar of Irmin, points steadfastly toward the North Star shown above. It's about an inch and a half high, without the suspension loop.
The price in silver is $35,
in bronze $15.

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Kroner Dragon
#5120; The design is taken from a Norse coin depicting a Viking ship prow. The shape is typical of "hack silver", coins or other objects that were cut up to make change. Transactions were conducted by weight, and pieces were often cut to make an exact amount.(1.58" wide)
The price is $30 in silver, and $15 in bronze.

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Silver Bear Claws
Many cultures wore bear claws. The Vikings wore them as a sign of strength in battle. Other cultures wore them as a sign of skill in hunting. These are exceptionally nice castings, about 1 3/4" tall. The loop is large enough for either a chain or leather thong.
In silver, $60.

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Glory Twigs
#5132; The Glory Twigs pendant is an open casting that represents a bind rune containing the entire Futhark. It's a bit over an inch and a half tall.
The price in silver is $25, and in bronze $10

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Round Ouroboros
#5134; The Midgard Serpent depicted biting his own tail, about one inch wide.
The price in silver is $35, in bronze it is $15.

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Infinity Ouroboros
#5135; The Midgard Serpent twisted into an infinity symbol. It's about 5/8" wide and 2" high with the suspension loop.
The price in silver is $35, in bronze it is $15.

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Viking Dragon
#5133; A Viking Dragon done in the round with nice detail and good weight. It's about 3/4" wide, and 2 1/2" high with the suspension loop.
The price is $35 in silver, in bronze it is $15.

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Axe Knot Dragon
#5136; A knotwork dragon twisted into the shape of an axe, again done in the round with nice datail. It's about 1 3/8" wide, and 2" high.
The price in silver is $40, and in bronze it is $20.

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Hammer and Anvil
#2026; The symbolism of the Hammer and Anvil is widespread. Here's a small Hammer and Anvil pendant done in the full round. It's about 1" tall including the suspension loop, and about 7/8" long. Done in silver, the price is $25, bronze is $12.

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Lur Horns
Lur horns are huge bronze horns used for signaling down the fjord or from ship to ship. They sound a little like Alpine horns. The low pitch travels great distances. The Danish National Museum has the sound of these horns piped into one of the Viking exhibits. The sound is deep and eerie. It's guaranteed to send shivers up your spine! You really wouldn't want to live in a lonely Irish coastal village, and hear that sound from the sea on a foggy morning! Here's one that was found in peat bog in Denmark, and is currently in the Nationalmuseet, Copenhagen.
These are also cast in Danish Fine silver in Denmark. The single horns are out of stock. The small double horns are $8.50 (about .6" tall) and the large double horns are out of stock as well.

Again, don't forget to check out the most important Norse Pendant, the Thor's Hammer, which has its own page.

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