The eldest runestones, inscribed with Norse runes, date from the 4th century. These were the Elder Futhark runes. However, the most of the runestones were created during the late Viking Age and thus inscribed with theYounger Futhark runes. The runestones with Norse runes were usually erected to commemorate one or several deceased kinsmen, and in most cases these people died at home peacefully. Usually, men raised or commanded raising a runestone, while some of them are raised by women…
Figurine, probably of Odin. The right eye is depicted as a single line - Odin gave one of his eyes in return for knowledge. Country of Origin: Sweden. Culture: Viking. Place of Origin: Lindby, Skane. Material Size: bronze. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Statens Historiska Museum, Stockholm . Location: 18.
Flight of the valkyrie: the Viking figurine that's heading for Britain
The first 3D Valkyrie figurine (AD800), found at Hårby on Funen, Denmark. - Etymologically speaking, ”valkyrie” means ”chooser of the slain”. The job of these supernatural shield maidens in Norse mythology is to select who dies on the battlefield and guide their souls to Odin’s manor, where they will spend the afterlife training for the Twilight of the Gods, the final battle against the forces of chaos. Also see the the tapestries from Oseberg ship burial,