Norse tattoo

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If you are a fan of Viking myths and legends, norse tattoo may be a way of showing it. This type of tattoo carries a different message and symbolism.


Vikings were the groups of warriors who came from Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Denmark and Sweden. They lived between 700 AD – 1100 AD in order to raid and settle in Europe, Asia and North Atlantic. Vikings were famous for their sailing and navigational skills. The name ‘Viking’ came from a language called ‘Old Norse’ that means ‘Pirate Raid’. They used to sail in their longboats and raid the coasts of Britain and nor-west of France for centuries.

Norse mythology is the body of myths of the North Germanic peoples, stemming from Norse paganism. This mythology consists of tales of various deities, beings, and heroes.

Vikings probably were covered in tattoos from the tips of their fingers to their necks. Viking tattoos were consist of ancient Norse symbols, various knot patterns or dark green symbols of trees.


Undoubtedly these days Viking tattoos are very popular. Usually among the people with Norse heritage who like to show their pride. Other people get Viking tattoos because they are fascinated by Norse mythology, culture and beliefs.

Modern Viking tattoo designs are not actually from the Viking age but mostly inspired by the Norse mythology. Tattoo designs most often include mythological objects, animals, symbols, and weapons.

Aegishjalmur – The Helm of Awe

Aegishjalmur is a magic rune and the most powerful symbol in the Norse mythology. The symbol represents protection. The Helm of Awe is made of protection runes rotated around a circle so it is also called the circle of protection. Many Viking warriors used to paint, tattoo or crave this symbol on their forehead between the eyes or arms before going into a battle believing that it will protect them or make then invincible and create fear into the heart of their enemies.

Vegvisir – The Viking Compass

According to the Norse Mythology Vegvisir is a magic stave that helps the bearer to find his way through storm and bad weather. In Icelandic language Vegvisir means way finder. It is also known as Viking compass that is made of eight rune staves. It is the symbol of Protection and Guidance so people tattoo this symbol as a reminder not to loose their path in life.

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