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JORD Collection 925 Sterling Silver made in Sweden
925 Sterling Silver made in Sweden
Size: approx.. height 0.8 inches and width 0.5 inches.

Odin wanted to learn the secrets of the Runes, these magic signs from which the art of writing originated. But such a secret, one that gave so much power to it's master, could only be won through great sacrifice. Odin had to endure the physical and psychic torture it meant hanging by the neck from one of the trees of the world above the bottomless pit for nine days and nights with a spear at the same time lodged in his stomach. He swung to and fro in the darkness and looked downwards picking up Runes from the winds of the pit which came forth form the farthest reaches of the universe. When his torture was over he had learned nine strange secrets and from there on he lent his wisdom to gods and men alike. Those who knew the art of the Runes were considered highly priviliged members of their tribe (during the Viking era). They were considered to be a link between gods and man. With this power they could cut Runes which could either bless, protect or cause misfortunes. Silver was the most precious metal to the Vikings. Silver jewelry is often found in broken pieces, enabling us to draw the conclusion that the Vikings often traded using silver.