The Viking culture wouldn’t be complete without symbols. Vikings relied on certain symbols to call on several gods for protection, to help instill fear in their enemies and a bunch of other reasons.
When we talk about Viking symbols, the Valknut is usually one of the first few that comes into mind. This popular symbol is known as the symbol of Odin the allfather. This is the reason why it’s not surprising that this was one of the most famous symbols among the Norse community.
Aside from being associated with Odin, it’s also known as Hrungnir’s heart (after the legendary giant of the Eddas), the knot of the slain warrior and the heart of Vala.
This symbol is widely known to be a popular talisman of protection. Having an accessory or any item with this symbol was like a way to get in touch with Odin the allfather and other protective gods. It was also a way to strengthen their faith and confidence that they could get through whatever trials and difficulties that they may encounter along the way.
The Valknut is something that could help Vikings to keep going even when the going got tough; however, its symbolism varies. Some say that its three interlocking triangles were somewhat related to Celtic goddess symbols of rebirth and motherhood. On the other hand, its nine points could be associated with pregnancy.
Even though people these days can provide good explanations for the symbol, it’s exact meaning is a mystery.