miércoles, 27 de enero de 2016

HISTORICAL USE OF HORNED HELMETS BY VIKINGS

Every day Víkingar most likely never used horned helmets in combat. No horned helmet was dug up to date  and fighting battles with horns attached to a helmet would have been impractical. Why provide your enemy with the equivalent of two handles on top of your helmet? So they can conveniently grab and hold your head, while they knee you in the face, slit your throat, or worse?

There are suggestions, however, that horned helmets may have been used by Víkingar for ceremonial purposes and rituals. A tapestry found in the Oseberg ship burial, and dated around the 9th century (at the height of the Viking age), shows a man wearing a horned helmet

More significant is the Vendal period Öland bronze plate (late 6th to early 9th century) shown above, which depicts a Úlfhéðinn wearing a wolf pelt, together with the god Óðinn, who happens to be wearing a... horned helmet! 

HORNED HELMET AND THE CHURCH

Christians have long associated horns with the devil. It is therefore no surprise that the Church started depicting Víkingar with horned helmets, in order to make them look more horrible, barbaric, and ultimately, more evil. After all, the Church had to justify the persecution and oppression of this people during forced Christianization...


Their SYMBOL: THE HORNED HELMET

The  logo  was symbolic,  something that looked like a trophy (one must earn the right to use the NØRSKK badge). An emblem that could be used as a weapon when worn as a pendant. A symbol of strength. They furher wanted a symbol that would also express a clear opposition to the forced Christianization of their people.

So their logo is a horned helmet, and was use it indiscriminately... Including on the Norse gods, because of its symbolism, its bad ass aspect, and the fact that Óðinn was, in fact, depicted with horns during the Viking age!

Source http://norskk.com/symbol