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*