Do you love to read about ancient cultures? If yes, then here are some of the best Norwegian runic tattoo designs, which you can use as inspiration the next time you get inked.
For those who don’t know what a rune is, it’s basically a font, used by the ancient Germans.
The word “rune” translates to “something hidden”. Many believe that the symbols of the runes are associated with the black magic of the Viking era.
Each rune symbol has its own distinct meaning. While some denote positive messages or blessings, others can also be a representation of negative emotions or curses. When we talk about runic tattoos, we are basically referring to two types, Celtic runic tattoos and Viking runic tattoos. The main difference between these two is that Celtic runes tattoos represent God or divine power, while Viking tattoos are synonymous with protection. Norse runes tattoos in particular are believed to be protective spells that guide humanity in the right direction. Mentioned below are some of the best examples of Norwegian runic tattoo ideas, which you should definitely check out.
Helm Tattoo Of Awe
There are multiple references to the helmet of awe, also known as the Viking symbol, in the Viking sagas. It was a protective spell for warriors and indeed, some believe that the Helmet of Dread is actually a protective spell, cast on Viking warriors, to protect themselves on the battlefield. As we all know, the Vikings were one of the most skilled and ferocious warriors in history. There have been several interpretations of this particular symbol, however, the main theme remains the same, namely protection. Some even believe that the helmet basically refers to a helmet. Regardless of the controversies, this design looks good on both men and women. Above all, if you believe in magical powers, this is a must.
The image contains a design of eight armed points, which emerge from a central point and point outwards. The tattoo artist used deep black ink to create this eye-catching design, on the individual’s arm.
Norse runes tattoo on the throat
Engraved on the individual’s throat, there is another simple Norse runes tattoo design. The artist used simple black ink for this particular drawing. One thing that is very common in these types of Norse runes tattoos is that people always opt for large applications to create a tattoo design, which stands out. You can try this design, if you are looking for similar tattoo designs. However, before getting a tattoo on your throat, remember that they tend to be very painful. This is because the relatives surrounding our neck are very sensitive and take much longer to heal. If you think you can take the pain, just follow the procedure, as throat tattoos are one of the bolder types of body art.
Up to the Valhalla tattoo
On the forearm of the individual are imprinted some beautiful symbols of Norse runes. They basically translate into the Archaic language for “Till Valhalla”, which means “up to Valhalla”. In ancient warrior culture, Valhalla was the name of a place where dead warriors go after their death. It was a form of life in the afterlife or of heaven. Theorists describe Valhalla as a huge majestic hall, located in Asgard and ruled by the mighty Odin. Therefore, Valhalla is also known as the “Hall of the Fallen”. The phrase ‘to Valhalla’ means ‘until we meet again in Valhalla’. It was a sign of promise that even after death we would meet again. The same idea was beautifully highlighted through this design.
Simple runic tattoos
These Norse runes can be a great design if you are looking for some simple tattoo designs. Historians believed that instead of being a way to communicate with each other, runes were typically used to communicate with divine power and deities. They were basically the common system of alphabets for the Vikings. Engraved under this individual’s ear, is one such example of a simple rune tattoo. Runic tattoos are characterized by their specific dotted shade and the use of deep black ink. Many people get rune tattoos that have significant meaning for them. You can also incorporate mythical beast designs into your tattoo, to make it a more powerful symbol.
The Valknut tattoo usually consists of three interlocking triangles. One of the most common meanings of the valknut tattoo is to honor the death of a loved one. Valknut’s sigh was actually Odin’s symbol. Some historians believe that this sign represents Odin’s welcoming of the dead warriors in Valhalla, the Hall of the Fallen. This particular tattoo design can be one of the unique ways to pay tribute to someone close you have recently lost. Many also associate this symbol with reincarnation. However, the true meaning of Valknut’s sigh remains unknown to this day. If you like these kinds of mystical meanings behind your tattoos, getting this design can be one of the coolest ways to show it off. The intricate details of the triangles, when paired with shades of black ink, look amazing.
Odin Raven Norse runes tattoo
The raven was an important symbol in Norse mythology. Almighty Odin is said to have had two ravens, Huginn and Muninn. They were the symbols of thought and memory. Each day, the two ravens traveled through the Nine Worlds and at night whispered all the information they had gathered into Odin’s ears. The image mentioned above contains the drawing of these majestic ravens, combined with Norse runes. They represent, mystery, knowledge and wisdom. If you look closely, you can see that the Norse rune design was done in dots. These types of dot tattoos are slowly gaining popularity in the tattoo world. They are one of the least painful tattoos and therefore are an ideal choice among all tattoo lovers.
Laguz rune tattoo
The laguz is another very popular runic symbol that represents love, water and travel. According to Norse mythology, water was one of nature’s most dangerous elements. Although it may seem calm and precious from above, the deep and rushing waters under the oceans or seas carry various secrets, unknown to humanity. Some also associate the Lagaz rune symbol with wisdom and intelligence. If you feel that knowledge is the most important element in a person’s life then this tattoo design is a must.
In Norse culture, the Yggdrasil was the symbol of the Great Tree, which connects all humanity and the universe. Also known as the Tree of Life, it was like the powerhouse of unlimited power and profound wisdom. It was a highly spiritual symbol and its deep meaning can be traced back to Viking culture. In this image, the artist used shades of green ink to highlight the leaves of the Big Tree. The intricate details of the tree are truly stunning and can be a great way to start your journey into the world of tattooing.
Ouroboros tattoo with Viking compass
Ouroboros rightly translates to “He who eats his own tail”. In this particular drawing, we can see a similar idea portrayed. Contains the symbol of a snake eating its own tail. Inside the circle, the tattoo artist has incorporated the Viking compass symbol, so as to enhance its deep meaning. The drawing here represents the endless cycle of birth-death-renewal. This is one of the best ways to show that death is inevitable and instead of fearing it, one should accept it wholeheartedly.
Norse protection runes tattoo
So far we have only seen black and gray tattoo designs. The image mentioned above contains a vibrant and colorful design of an ancient Norse symbol tattoo. Engraved on the individual’s forearm, the tattoo artist used brightly colored ink to create this design. It really looks very aesthetic. If you like these types of colorful designs, you can refer to this image as a suggestion for your next tattoo. The only thing you need to remember is that colored tattoos can fade much faster than traditional black and white ones. Therefore, frequent touch-ups are required to keep the fresh and crisp look of your design intact.
In modern times, these ancient symbols are one of the most popular tattoo designs due to their rich history and deep meanings. Originally carved on stone tablets, they have been preserved over the long years of history by archaeologists and historians. Below are some other examples of Norse runes tattoo designs that you will absolutely adore.
- Traditional Norse Tattoos
- Troll Cross Tattoo
- Wyrd tattoo
- Norse runes armband tattoo
- Norse runes sleeve tattoo
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