by Peter Kjær-Andersen
From the Vikings Ship Museum, we are pleased to present this little gem of a poster, which gives a modern and typically Nordic stringent graphic interpretation of the Viking God Odin. He of the one eye and 2 crows. The ominous quote comes from the Flateyjarbók "Flat-island book") which is one of the most important medieval Icelandic documents.
The warfare and violence of the Vikings were often motivated and fuelled by their beliefs in Norse religion, focusing on Thor and Odin, the gods of war and death. In combat the Vikings are believed to have engaged in a disordered style of frenetic, furious fighting, leading them to be termed berserkers. Such tactics may have been deployed intentionally by shock troops, who may have induced this mental state through ingestion of materials with psychoactive properties, such as the hallucinogenic mushrooms, Amanita muscaria, or large amounts of alcohol.
Originally, Odin was possibly considered mainly a shamanistic god and the leader of the war band. As the society changed, Odin's shamanistic role became less prominent, although it remained one of his attributes, and he was mostly considered the wise king of the gods and bringer of victory.
Odin had two brothers, the one called Ve, the other Vili, and they governed the kingdom when he was absent. It happened once when Odin had gone to a great distance, and had been so long away that the people of Asa doubted if he would ever return home, that his two brothers took it upon themselves to divide his estate; but both of them took his wife Frigg to themselves. Odin soon after returned home, and took his wife back.
Size: 100 x 70 cm
Drawn by Peter Kjær-Andersen
Printed on Munken Pure