The Valknut is a “Lie”


yes, yes, yes… I know what you were going to say “make yourself at home”! – well, I just did! yes, no time to waste -.- well… time is money! yes but not your money… you keep wasting my money in mead have you ever considered getting your own money? perhaps working in a call-centre, or a fastfood restaurant or selling your soul to the devil which is about the same thing and probably less painful bah, of course not! why making my own money when I can spend what belongs to others?! it’s the first principal of pillaging, hue hue hue anyway, what are you doing? well, I’ve been awake all night writing the next video and I have no more pens, and now I’m left with quils and I actually lost the previous quill and I had to pluck a new one out of the chicken’s ass *bwok bwok bwak* oh poor thing… already half way to be roasted now you see how bad our financial situation is? soon I’ll have to go Robin Hood on people and take everyone’s money see how useful pillaging is? Hehue he he alright, I’m done writing, lets get started oh more boring rubbish… I’ll drown myself in mead… well hello friends! My name is Arith Härger and today I’m going to talk about the “Valknut” now, before we start, in this video there will be a lot of strange terms and names and I will place them on the screen but please… turn on the subtitles for more information now lets go 😀 there are no evidences whatsoever that this symbol is called Valknut or Valknútr supposedly it means “the knot of the slain” but such term is never mentioned anywhere and since this name has been connected to this symbol for too long not only for academics but also for people who follow and practice the northern European pagan traditions it will be very hard to break the connection between the symbol and the term “Valknut” I have written about this symbol five or six years ago at my blogs and I have stated that there are no proper evidences to support the assumption of Valknut being a symbol connected with death, sacrifice and even fate but I have failed to mention that this symbol its name is not “Valknut” and its original name is simply unknown the word “Valknut” does not exist in the Norse Language the term was applied to the symbol in modern scholarship but there is no historical background to support this however the term is a real term, “Valknut” is a real word and it comes from the Norwegian word “Valknute” which belong to an entirely different symbol this one you can see in here ⌘ and it was used, and it’s still used on woodworking, metalworking and on textiles to create patterns and in cheese moulds as you can see in here Valknut is probably the most known and used symbol as well as Mjölnir by the neopagans, heathens and the people who practice the northern European pagan traditions and as I’ve said before the word “valknut” is a neologism created by modern times supposedly by connecting two words “Valr” – the dead or the slain and “Knut” – knot and this symbol is created by the interconnection of three triangles and these triangles can be joined in two different ways the Borromean way and the Unicursal the Borromean type can be seen, for instance, in the Stora Hammers Runestone but we will get to that later now… the possible real name for this symbol might be “Hrungnishjarta” which means “Hrungnir’s heart” as it is mentioned in the Prose Edda by Snorri Sturlusson in Skáldskaparmál I told you there would be a lot of strange names and terms 😛 but this is only mentioned in here but the myth of Hrungnir was clearly well known in medieval Scandinavia as… as many kennings in Skaldic Poetry and also the Eddic lays also mention him but now I quote from Snorri Sturlusson “Hrungnir had a heart made of hard stone and pointed with three corners just like the carved symbol which has been called Hrungnir’s heart ever since” this description points out to a symbol that can be seen in runestones and picture stones in Gotland this symbol consists in three interwoven triangles and as Snorri Sturluson mentions this symbol was called “hrungnishjarta” ever since the giant was slain and his heart was shown so this also points out that the symbol probably had another name before the mythological event and everyone who knew about the original name of this symbol is now dead and we will probably never know the real term of this symbol this symbol is known to be associated with death and sacrifice but is it really?! now, I will show you an image and lets try to read that image in this image – the Stora Hammers Runestone we can see a raven which might obviously at first be connected with the god Odin or is it a falcon? and you can see a burial scene in here and even a burial mound and there are obvious connections with death and a ritual being performed a dead person placed in its final resting place or, perhaps, being placed on an altar to be sacrificed by a figure with a spear and accompanied by another raven or perhaps a bird being offered by another man, possably a warrior this might be Odin there with his two ravens and his famous spear Gungnir and to the left there seems to be a figure of a hanged man on a tree which is not only a way of sacrifice to the god Odin, but also a symbol of the deity himself since one of Odin’s names is Hangadróttinn (Lord of the hanged) and also Hangatýr (God of the hanged) and there it is in the middle of this death and sacrifice scene the symbol so called “Valknut” or possably “hrungnishjarta” in the centre of the composition making it the most important thing that should be noticed at once so it is true that this symbol occurs in funeral contexts but as I’ve said before the previous picture is heavily suggestive of the Cult of Odin but there are other contexts where this symbol appears that point on the exact opposite direction of the Cult of Odin or a cult linked to death and sacrifice so the previous picture seems to be an exception rather than what we deem to be the truth and this symbol appears in a lot of other contexts including objects, and even mundane objects and in other picture stones associated with horses and indeed Hrungnir’s myth is connected with horses so horses might or might not be connected with death and the journey of the spirit into the afterlife in horseback and for instance another example of this symbol and the Unicursal type of the symbol can be seen in the Tängelgårda stone and as you can see in here there is someone on horseback and the symbols below the horse and it’s clearly not a picture associated with sacrifice and death or some sort of ritual it seems more of a ceremony in conclusion we can not link this symbol to Odin, death and sacrifice only there seems to be more to this symbol and it goes far beyond the conclusions we have taken so far so I think we must continue to study this symbol in order to bring to light the true meaning of the symbol because it seems to me… this symbol is much more complex than we originally thought alright friends, I hope you have enjoyed this video even with all the strange names and terms and I must say that all the images that were used in this video are public domain and you can see the links down below in the description as well as the links to all of my social media thank you so much for watching see you on the next video, and of course… tack för idag!
(Thank you for today!) *some swedish gibberish* hey! what?! *playing some chords*


100 Responses

  1. Arith Härger

    September 1, 2018 10:25 am

    May I also recommend you this video? : – Viking Religious Symbols, origins and meanings. Enjoy 😀

  2. Made Flesh

    February 3, 2019 6:53 pm

    The symbol being associated with horses in other sources doesn't preclude it from being associated with the cult of Odin or sacrifice. Horse sacrifices were a common feature throughout the Germanic and even Celtic worlds.

  3. Jerry Hostetler

    February 7, 2019 7:14 am

    im going to say this as i am a fellow odinist, i dont care what anyone of yall say or think. this guy THINKS he knows everything of Norse history. ….he dont

  4. Van Aser

    February 9, 2019 12:45 pm

    Take a look att knutteorin, or the knot theory. The walknut could be a thing about the three dimensions. Search for the russian mathematic professor Oleg Viro, and read what he has to say. Do never count old signs down. Specially not old norse.

  5. bashpr0mpt

    February 18, 2019 3:55 pm

    No archeologist has said anything of the sort, you're mistaking internet autists with archeologists. Also, I propose 'OG triforce' as a substitute.

  6. Rafik Chbaklo

    February 23, 2019 2:40 am

    So the command button on Apple keyboards is the velknute symbol xD. hmm makes sense.
    I presume it is related to the 4 main elements and the Kether (5th)
    the 4 seasons, 4 horsemen and the 4 steeds, the 4 settings of the sun

    Thank you for this share.

  7. Peter Goettler

    February 26, 2019 5:40 am

    Well, That Was Interesting. As I Have Tattoo ''Valknut'' With ''Viking Runes'' And The Name – ''ODIN''[ Runes] Spelled Out.

  8. Albert Åkesson

    February 27, 2019 11:34 pm

    What is he calling "strange" =P Probably the most intriguing part is all about the our noble ancestry from Sweden ^_^

  9. Glenn Thomas

    March 8, 2019 10:37 am

    Could the triangle be related to witnessing the pyramids of Egypt,looking into it I found Muslim commutation with vikeing and the relationship with trade with Africa with glass beads east sword making

  10. Sean White

    March 8, 2019 8:26 pm

    Perhaps it's a symbol meant to be a blessing on a journey. In the first image, the person is "traveling" to another life, in the second image, the person appears to be about make a journey on horseback. Just a thought..

  11. H0und Fr0m He11

    March 14, 2019 1:36 am

    They never fully discovered the meaning of vulknut yet so really you cant say it's a lie

  12. sejdaren Ilmarinen

    March 23, 2019 8:13 am

    could they represent the three divisions of the world ? uper world , middle world and underworld. I know there are 9 world but they were divided into 3 layers.

  13. Rune Torshammare

    March 25, 2019 2:55 pm

    Been watching your videos all day and man.. You answered alot of questions for me. Amazing stuff. Ive been thinking of getting all kinds of old nordic symbols and icelandic runrstaves tattoed for some time now. They feel like a part of me and it represents my ancestors. Im from Sweden by the way. Your channel has helped me alot since its not that easy to find in depth information about all this.

  14. Acheron Parthenopaeus

    March 25, 2019 6:42 pm

    From the research I've done on the subject the reason that the valknut is linked to death and fate is because that symbol is always found with Odin and other psychopomps and on urns and things like that and since they didn't have a name for it they created one for simplicity's sake in order to be able to have a reference.

  15. Mykines

    April 10, 2019 1:38 pm

    I am a bit confused about the title. Your description of the Valknut is basicly the same as every other explanation so I fail to see where the "lie" comes in. What lie do you specifically reffer to?

  16. Thorshammer

    April 11, 2019 3:18 am

    Even if it is historically incorrect, in its current usage it still is a power symbol. If thousands of people believe in it, belief creates power. We create our own reality by metaphysics.

  17. Nate N.

    April 12, 2019 12:07 pm

    Perspective is everything. Its hard to take you seriously with no scares on on your hands. Not to mention the lack of scares on your face.

  18. Meadow Sweet Lovable

    April 13, 2019 6:41 pm

    Honestly I don't give a flying f*** what has been written down from a Christ living in the later medieval time.

  19. Robert Kelley

    April 14, 2019 6:01 pm

    In the picture that you show I believe it is someone perfoming a blood eagle as you know true pagans took sacrifice serious and treated it like it was a special occasion commonly sacrificing other animals before the actual ceremony ever took place

  20. TheDeadlyRune

    April 15, 2019 12:59 am

    Pause before I watch the video. Yeah, I know. It's the symbol most associated with Odin now so I wear it. I don't care what the old meanings are. This is how I identify an asatru from a nü-age person who bought a crystal vulknut to look hip and trendy and they also like the thor movies.
    Edit after watching. "Fair enough, I made the mistake that you had disassociated this symbol with Odin. I was wrong and your critiques are valuable. My only no sale argument was the idea that the symbol wasn't associated with Odin which Admittedly pest me off because America is a Intriguingly Odin centric country. After all George Washington was said to be a bastard son of Odin. So I take a great deal of pride in worshiping the God that was rumored to be the father of my great nation."

  21. DrFrankenskippy

    April 16, 2019 1:54 am

    Thank you for the post. I want to offer the following insight; To break it down regards to 'sacred geo' and to the mythological 'realms' and notions of 'union' we can observe the following a.) the interlocking three triangles can be seen as 'the trinity of being' (body/mind/spirit) and b.) complete experiential wisdom and knowledge of the nine (main) realms. The 'knot' is like an Escher-knot to leave the thinking cap pertaining to reason & logic by your side, given that you cannot assimilate the wisdom inherent in traversing the Yggdrasil (Cosmos) purely via conventional means, more-so convention and logic needs to be surrendered (along with all egoic makeup) at the juncture to full attainment / enlightenment.

  22. RyanPG

    April 19, 2019 3:35 am

    Así que me hice un tattoo sobre algo que no se tiene la puta idea de que significa? Puta vida jajaja
    PD: Buen vídeo

  23. Hopper Mantis

    April 20, 2019 9:13 am

    Why are we not acknowledgeing vandal/futhark ancient peoples. But rather staying near the Viking ideology shift.

  24. RobustSystems 8472-1488

    April 22, 2019 6:21 pm

    The only video on Vulknut. Arith never gave his opinion on what it means? Looks like theres not enought data to base a conclusion

  25. Einherjar

    April 24, 2019 7:54 pm

    From my knowledge, the Valknut consists of two words – Val and Knut, translated to Knot of the Slain, i.e. the symbol of Einherjer, or those dedicated to be Slain to enter Valhall (Hall of the Slain). Those marked with the Valknut dedicate themselves to a worthy death in struggle, in order to be chosen and "adopted" by Odin. It is, in a way a symbol of self sacrifice, for a greater version of self – an immortal, chosen, son of a god. Ascension is the root of the cult of Odin. Progress and sacrifice of self, for self, through struggle.

  26. Sunil Permaul

    April 24, 2019 11:11 pm

    The quill thing was unexpected and a nice bit of humour. Wasn't needed and sometimes adding things like that can backfire/look "hammy", but that worked for me. Very nice video sir.


    April 25, 2019 6:07 pm

    Disculpa, pero eres un imbecil y un inculto por hacer este video de mierda.

  28. John Anthony Fingleton

    April 25, 2019 10:38 pm

    I have the sign tattooed on my skin…for me it is my commitment to Odin and Asatru. .thank you for the video.

  29. Odelsarven

    April 27, 2019 1:29 pm

    Well, the symbol is in my view not only connected to death, but also to life. Something have to die, before something is born (or re-born if you will). The symbol is not only attached to Odin (the ancestrial spirit), but also to the guardians of the wells of memory and honor – the Norns. These three Norns represent the past, the present and the future, and determ the fate. So yes, there is much more to this symbol that you touch upon in this video. It incapsulates in many ways the whole process (time) and states in an natural Norse cyclus and worldview.

  30. Cristian Morales

    May 3, 2019 1:04 am

    I read vikings put it on graves so they ate allowed to go to valhalla, a big hall with a table filled with food, prostitutes and liq, a place for a warrior to rest. Im getting it and going to believe that!

  31. Big Al Van Duzer

    May 12, 2019 1:29 am

    I have that symbol tatoo on my entire back and if you Google Viking symbol it is a symbol for the God Odin i checked several times and it is everywhere on Google ad Odin symbol i have Viking pride across my back above it my son was very proud of his heritage and he died in an accident 2 yrs ago i mixed his ashes in the ink of both tattoos if any one cares i wanted to share that

  32. RUR2006

    May 13, 2019 4:41 pm

    Edred Thorrson told it was a symbol of the three levels of reality interconnected. Thank you for your video!

  33. DrFrankenskippy

    May 17, 2019 3:26 pm

    … aside from the obvious i.e. val (Valhöll/Valhalla … /trinity/nine realms/ = sacrifice of the limited 'self' to the ever unfolding/yawning (yinnunigap) core of life

  34. Wiccan Witches Of The West

    May 21, 2019 8:15 am

    You're lying. The symbol has been seen in germany several fucking times. I can send you a legitimate photograph of it being used.

  35. Tenzin 68

    May 22, 2019 2:11 am

    Those eyebrows!!! Fucking awesome!! Although they do look like my grandfather's(who was Dutch American). They kind of look like mine too….HEY maybe not so funny!!! LOL!!

  36. Clint Williford

    May 27, 2019 10:02 pm

    This symbol represents the same thing as the Jewish Star of David. It is a two dimensional cultural representation of the Merkaba.

  37. Richard Sivell

    June 1, 2019 7:36 pm

    Greetings from New Zealand Arith, I have Norse and Anglo-Saxon ancestry, I went to Bible college and have a diploma in Christian ministry but not impressed with the church and have been questioning a lot about the desert deities, I'm interested in growing in the knowledge of the gods of my ancestors. Great channel, what advice can you give me to assist with my transition?

  38. e causey

    June 5, 2019 8:40 am

    lol-recently found u.I amheavily censored..but…last night,after commenting on politics? I subbed, a commentor..and today, he thanks me for sharing your video on Volas…? so I called him on it-HOW DID YOU GETINTO MY HISTORY?asks I..luckily?Only keep24 hrs..I'd say thats damn good- for a troll/censor, 2 lose his'mind'&screw up like that?he wont'parlay'

  39. TheLawDemon

    June 17, 2019 12:25 pm

    2:58 "and its still used . . .on . . ." I don't know what your keyboard looks like but Apple uses it as the "command" key on the qwerty keyboard of its computers here in the US.

  40. Jormungand 11

    June 22, 2019 2:58 am

    I come from a Danish oral tradition that made it to America some time ago. I was taught it had to do with the triple aspect of man's creation and destruction. Odin, Ve, and Ville made us from trees by the ocean. Pagans across europe associated horses with the ocean. Odin (and man) meets ragnarok at the hands of Loki who birthed 3 offspring. One being a multilegged horse Odin rides named Sliepnr to meet Odin's end along side Thor against Loki's other two children of the apocalypse; Fenrir and Jormungandr. It being hrugnir's heart rings true to this because Hrugnir's heart, head, and shield were made of stone, and Hrugnir died out of contest with Odin over their horses.

  41. Giuseppe Arminio De Falco

    June 25, 2019 9:49 pm

    What about it being primarily a symbol for the god Odhinn? Odhinn is a triple god (Odhinn, Vili, Vè), this symbol clearly insists on the number 3 (3 times a triangle = 9 angles = the nine worlds).

  42. Dakota Foy

    June 30, 2019 2:05 am

    My question to u arith is i wear a valknut pendant necklace even though the symbol has a different name could it still be associated with odin by wearing the valknut around my neck i pledge myself to the all father.

  43. Pieter Vorster

    June 30, 2019 8:30 am

    Well a written document
    Of at- land (Atlanta)
    Their where never ever anything about sacrifice
    All this had started after at- land was destroyed
    They pray to their god
    Name ….Wralda …
    And EWA was their spiritual
    And Thor Odin .Wodin
    Was atlanteans warriors .
    This warriors was then twisted by Slavic priest to became gods .
    The original people of Frya
    Had nothing to do with

  44. OrphanPaper

    July 20, 2019 11:49 pm

    there a similarity between ionic columns caps and the original Valknut which i read were Doric in origin who were in some way connected to the the Sea Peoples

  45. parabot2

    July 27, 2019 8:39 am

    Who are you to say the Valknut is a lie ( The power of Paganism is that it is a living breathing spiritual path that adapts with the times , adds new symbols , terms etc etc ) To you it's a lie , to me it's a powerful symbol that our people can infuse with the power of the gods .

  46. Retribution Forever

    August 8, 2019 12:56 pm

    Arith, some people have been betrayed by their own Country into believing that their economy is actually worth something (Canada). So – the only jobs available to them because the Community is so saturated (due to greedy politicians who are in love with immigration) are Call Centre jobs and/or Fast Food jobs. However being White and Male, they probably are shoved to the back of the line (due to the ‘Employment Equity Act’ of Ontario – 1993) and then never called for an interview. I agree that call centre jobs are awful – because usually you’re paid only Minimum Wage, and you are doing Outbound Calling, and Canadians who actually OWN A HOUSE and who answer the phone, and can speak English (I.e. Boomers) are the most arrogant, conceited, Anti-White IDIOTS you could ever come across (even though they themselves are White too). Not only is a simple Call Centre Job difficult to get in a city like Toronto, it is even more difficult to get because of the Stupid Idiot province of Quebec. You know – Quebecors somewhat wanted the rest of Canada to learn their irritating language. So, they made it enforced that everyone who wanted a Call Centre jobs (that was simple…you know…in your opinion) had to be fluent in Francais. So you might as well just shove every White, Male, Anglo-speaking guy into a garbage dump – because that’s probably where all the Leftists here want them (other than simply exterminating them). If the Dude is looking to get called for a Fast-Food restaurant job, and hired (and probably by a skinny, physically weak Female who hates men) – he’ll probably only be shafted and given a humiliating cleaning job – changing the garbages, mopping and sweeping the floor, and wiping tables (while all the Brown People who have a lower IQ than him and probably less education and more criminal record(s) get the more lucrative, ‘honourable’ jobs of Food Prep and Cook). So – before being an arrogant, elitist Prick (who was lucky enough to have rich parents who also loved you) – Arith – please consider the White Canadian Men who have lost all hope in their own Country, province and economy, and are destitute to sit on the lawn of McDonald’s to disgustingly Loiter and Gossip – wasting their time – and maybe dealing Meth simultaneously. Nevertheless – I greatly admire your work on YouTube. Your videos are highly edited (very well done!), very interesting and informative, and expertly prepared. I couldn’t ask for anything better. You have done Asatru a great service in your work. HEILSA. 🙏🏻…Retributive.

  47. Robin de Roos

    August 9, 2019 6:16 pm

    Perhaps it has something to do with the ritual to remove a piece of flintrock from thors head?

  48. BassAddicts Anonymous

    August 12, 2019 10:50 am

    Seems like any other theres more meaning than anyone given. Used in what context is what its meaning would be…yea?

  49. Aurora 7D Transformation

    August 17, 2019 9:06 am

    Yes, thank you, I did enjoy and look forward to seeing more information on the Valnut symbol

  50. Aurora 7D Transformation

    August 17, 2019 9:07 am

    Can you also please tell me if my surname seems to have any connection with the Norse

  51. Raymond Foster

    September 1, 2019 1:59 pm

    What i see is a Christian Allegory. The bird is a stand in for the dove which in Christian texts was sacrificed when Jesus was a little boy as a sort of forecasting of his future of being slain by Romans and pieced through the heart with a spear. The burial mound is the burial tomb. The hanged man represented Christ who would be hung from a tree as a reference to a cross. the other bird is also allegorical for the dove descending as the spirit of God that would descend and resurrect the Christ. That would mean that the triple triangles in this case would be a trinity symbol of the three who are coequal yet one. The Christ is also presented in Revelation as in the end times coming down from heaven on a white horse. Also if we look at the Heliand which would date from around the same time this Image is claimed to be from Christ is often presented as a Warlord and his Apostles Thanes. Also God is sometimes spelled as Godan, Goden, etc. in that work. Its not uncommon to fin such Catholic hybrids of native concepts at this time and this simply is a precursor to later stained glass imagery. Even the so called bound Loki figure from this time period is actually a representation of the Devil destined to be bound in the Underworld or "hell" which is clear with the inclusion of curved horns. I am almost certain therefore the triple triangle applied as a Catholic trinity concept is likely derived from the concept of Wyrd which is more akin to the Latin word Urge meaning Work, as its also the common root of Word Ward and Worth which also culturally is linked to the concept one's Word Wards their Worth so to speak. After all a lot of this along with such allegorical texts date from the 6th through 10th centuries and the only connection to the concept of the heart is akin to the later Catholic reference to the "Sacred Heart." Its not unlike how many suppose Skaldic poetry is claimed simply to mean poetry when the context was professional or poetic mockery as in Scolding or Scorning with the intention of portraying someone or something as foolish, nonsensical or ridiculous. As far as Valknut is concerned its a hybrid of Valk meaning Folk and Latin Nodus = nute pronounced noot as in a noose or looped knot so actually means folk knot, so I can completely agree with the squared symbol with its looped ends being the actual known Folk Knot, and hence its usage.


    September 6, 2019 11:28 pm

    How has the triangle often in 3 symbolism become used for pedophilia and child trafficking and sacrifice

  53. Christopher Rhodes

    September 20, 2019 1:57 am

    Speaking for myself at least, I love your videos for the exposure to the old terms and names. Great content as always friend!

  54. Mass D E I C I D E

    October 2, 2019 12:13 am

    0:25 every Scandinavian I've met would be a better president than every US president I've had in decades hahaha

  55. Nicholas D'Abruzzo

    October 6, 2019 3:14 pm

    Hey guys i rly like the symbol and the meaning of discipline and stuff behind it, would it be bad luck too get a tattoo appreciate all answers thx


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