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Odinn was the cheif of the Norse gods... Revered as a complex and unpredictable character with traits that had him worshipped for his war like qualities as well as his feminie qualities such as his ability an aloof trickster. Odinn, in it's most coarse English translation means, "The Ecstatic One".
Traditionally being depicted as having only one eye due to trading one for rare and precious knowledge. He is also often depicted with either 2 ravens, Hugin (Mind) and Muninn (Memory), the wolves Geri and Freki or Sleipnir the 8 legged horse.

 The Berserkers (Bear Shirts) were like the Viking special forces. Although scant in physical evidence, references in numerous sagas describe these special warriors as fearsome men that would fight in a trance like state destroying most things in their path whilst wearing very little armour. It is reputed that these fearsome warriors were stimulated after partaking in a psilocybin mushroom ritual prior to battle that took them to such a frenzied state that they would attack or destroy anything in their path.

The Berserkers (Bear Shirts) were like the Viking special forces. Although scant in physical evidence, references in numerous sagas describe these special warriors as fearsome men that would fight in a trance like state destroying most things in their path whilst wearing very little armour. It is reputed that these fearsome warriors were stimulated after partaking in a psilocybin mushroom ritual prior to battle that took them to such a frenzied state that they would attack or destroy anything in their path.

 The VALKNUT, or fallen warriors knot is closely associated with Norse God ODIN. It has been found on various ancient Norse reliefs and is thought to represent the 3 stages of life. At Vanquish we believe it not only represents the spiritual side of  Life / Death / Re-Birth,  but also the passage of stages of life, we live life and try, if the stage of lives die or pass by, we are then reborn to try again.

The VALKNUT, or fallen warriors knot is closely associated with Norse God ODIN. It has been found on various ancient Norse reliefs and is thought to represent the 3 stages of life. At Vanquish we believe it not only represents the spiritual side of Life / Death / Re-Birth, but also the passage of stages of life, we live life and try, if the stage of lives die or pass by, we are then reborn to try again.

 Aegishjalmur or The Helm of Awe; in Viking times, if you happened to come face to face with this symbol in a fight or a battle situation, in generally meant you were in a spot of bother. A fearsome looking symbol, which in most depictions is shown with 8 arms protruding and protecting the inner circle with multiple protective spikes laden at the tip and on each stalk. A quote from Stephen E Flowers interpretation of the ancient Icelandic book of magic called the  Galdrabok  states: " When Sigurdr slays the great etin=worm or serpent named Fafnir in order to win the treasure hoard of the Niflungs, one of the objects of power that he gets is the aegishjalmur. This object is not a helmet in the usual sense but rather a general covering that surrounds the wearer with an overawing power to terrify and subdue his enemies"   

Aegishjalmur or The Helm of Awe; in Viking times, if you happened to come face to face with this symbol in a fight or a battle situation, in generally meant you were in a spot of bother.
A fearsome looking symbol, which in most depictions is shown with 8 arms protruding and protecting the inner circle with multiple protective spikes laden at the tip and on each stalk.
A quote from Stephen E Flowers interpretation of the ancient Icelandic book of magic called the Galdrabok states:
"When Sigurdr slays the great etin=worm or serpent named Fafnir in order to win the treasure hoard of the Niflungs, one of the objects of power that he gets is the aegishjalmur. This object is not a helmet in the usual sense but rather a general covering that surrounds the wearer with an overawing power to terrify and subdue his enemies"
 

 Depicted in multiple Viking sagas, the Shield Maiden were thought to be individual female warriors that fought alongside the Viking men on the Battle-Field. There can be no doubt that in order to survive and raise a family in the brutal environment of medieval Scandanavia, that the women needed to have a warrior mentality, even if evidence of female soldiers on the battlefield in scant.

Depicted in multiple Viking sagas, the Shield Maiden were thought to be individual female warriors that fought alongside the Viking men on the Battle-Field. There can be no doubt that in order to survive and raise a family in the brutal environment of medieval Scandanavia, that the women needed to have a warrior mentality, even if evidence of female soldiers on the battlefield in scant.