Vikings Find Odin Figure with Horn in Denmark

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In Denmark, there was a male figure with a blunt-haired head with a two-horned head, probably representing God Odin in Scandinavian mythology.

8. The front side of Odin figurine from the 20th century. C: Viking Museum at Ladby

Søren Andersen, a metal detector operator, came up with a thin, small, only 5 cm tall figure when he was looking for metal residues in an area near Mesinge. It was a bearded, well-groomed, male figure with a blunt hair, and the most important feature was a two-horned headgear. The figure is dated to the 8th century and probably represents God Odin in Scandinavian mythology.

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Claus Frederik Sørensen, head of the Eastern Funen Museums Landscape and Archeology department "A very beautiful figure. With the figure of Jesus unveiled at Aunslev in the spring and the Odin figure now in Mesinge, we feel almost blessed by the gods at Funen. "

8. side view of the Odin figurine from the 20th century. C: Viking Museum at Ladby

In comic books or movies, we see that the Vikings are usually depicted with horned titles. Archaeologists have spent hours explaining to the museum that the Vikings are not actually horned titles. How can they explain this figure, which is the horned headline?

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Archaeologist Malene Refshauge from the East Funnen Museums explains this: "This figure is not the horn in its head, but two birds. Actually, what we have seen is a very high probability that Odin's two trusting friends, Hugin and Munin, represent the famous rabbits. We are familiar with the warrior brooches that carry birds in the head or head with similar shapes removed from a number of rich and extraordinary Viking excavations. Tissø in West Sjælland, Uppåkra in Skåne (Sweden) and Staraja Ladoga in Russia are some of these excavations. Some of the finds have bird heads on the tip of the horns. At Mesinge, it is likely that these heads are broken. "

The Odin figure was actually a ring-shaped piece of brooches and was proudly worn by a Viking man between the years AD 700-800.

Vikingemuseet Ladby. October 17, 2016.


He is a graduate of METU Political Science and Public Administration.

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