The Valknut is one of the most intriguing symbols that the Norse people have left behind. The name comprises of two root words, ‘valr’ which means ‘slain warrior’ and ‘knut’, which is rather more easily decipherable as ‘knot’. Thus, the Valknut is the ‘Knot of the Slain Warrior’.
The design of the Valknut is always a series of three interlocking triangles. Sometimes, the triangles are drawn in the Borromean style as three discreet but overlapping and interlocking shapes; however, the more interesting variation is an ingenious unicursal where a single, unending line completes all three shapes as one.
This ancient symbol is associated with the god Odin of Norse mythology. Odin was not only the ruler of all of the Norse gods but also the Norsemen’s god of war and of death.
Warriors who lost their lives in battle earned themselves a place in the grand hall overseen by Odin, Valhalla (Hall of the Slain) and became his adopted sons. In fact, ‘valr’ is the source of the English word ‘valour’ which we associate with great deeds of brave individuals.
Embrace the valknut’s protective powers with this handmade pair of studs! They’re made of sterling silver 925 and depict the intricate symbol. The earrings have a sturdy sterling silver ‘butterfly’ fastening.
The measurements are as follows:
0.8cm long (0.3 inches)
0.8cm wide (0.3 inches)
1.1cm long (rod length) (0.4 inches)
These would make a very unique addition to your collection 🙂
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