6 Norse Figures Who Empowered The Vikings - Part 1
There’s no denying that the relationship of the Vikings with Norse gods and goddesses are special. Their society and the way they lived their lives back then was associated with them in some type of way. They made wishes to them, asked for guidance and worshipped them to get empowerment, protection and strength in their day to day living. In this blog post, we’ll talk about three Norse figures who empowered the Vikings during their journey:
The origin of God Tyr (Viking God of Courage and Honor) varied from one account to another. While many believed he was Odin the allfather’s son, others believed him to be a mixed god, meaning his parents were probably a giant and a god. However, despite the fact that his true origin might not be as clear compared to other gods, we still can’t deny the fact that he deserved to be known as the Viking God of Courage and Honor.
One of the most popular stories in Norse mythology that attested this was Fenrir the wolf’s binding. In this story, the Norse gods realized Fenrir was growing at such an incredible speed. This was the reason why they wanted to chain him. Unfortunately, it took them three attempts before they were able successfully bind him to a rock. After they did that, the massive wolf demanded the gods to make an oath that they would put a god's hand in his mouth. Since this was a tricky and dangerous request, no other god except Tyr dared to approach Fenrir, let alone put their hands in his mouth.
Tyr was the only brave one out of the bunch who volunteered and his sacrifice for the sake of his clan made him lose his hand. And since he was ashamed to break his oath, he never withdrew his hand even when he still had the chance to do so. In this regard, he is definitely considered as a great example of "Manner maketh man" for not being a coward and choosing to stick with his oath even if he lost one of his hands in the process.
It’s also worth sharing that many accounts claimed him to be supreme god of the Vikings back in the day. Unfortunately, he eventually lost this status as Odin the allfather and Thor became more popular.
Odin the allfather
Odin the allfather (Viking Supreme God of Wisdom and War) was known as the most powerful Viking god. He lived in Asgard and was the chief god there.
He was popular among the Vikings because they joined wars and they didn’t want to just rely on their physical strength. They also believed that they needed mental power and wisdom to become successful in their endeavours. This is why they called upon Odin to endow them with mental prowess, intellectual confidence, clarity and fortitude.
So While Tyr was someone who was admired for his courage and honor, Odin was someone who was admired for his superb mental power abilities. For instance, Odin was capable of striking fear into the enemies of the Vikings during battles. He also had the ability to encourage those who believed in him to pick up their weapons and he could successfully do that while instilling fear in their enemies at the same time. Overall, Odin was a well-loved and respected god.
We can’t deny the fact that Thor is indeed a well known god in this day and age thanks to the modern adaptation of Thor into a blockbuster movie. He was known as the God of Thunder and Lightning and during the ancient Viking time, the aspects that Thor helped the Vikings with was empowering them with generosity and physical strength to fight the bad guys and other negative forces.
They say that his strength was unsurpassed in the Norse pantheon and with the help of his mighty Mjolnir hammer, he was able to fill his enemies with horror and fear. The only person though that was able to beat him was an old lady named Elli who was said to be the embodiment and personification of Old Age.
That’s it for now. Watch out for Part 2 of this topic to learn more about other Norse figures who empowered the Vikings.