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Of Horns & Norns

For those who know me well, they will know that one of my biggest complaints about our religion is the lack of artwork that personally appeals to me. Especially new art, as so much of it has our Gods looking like comicbook characters on steroids, or has been too Wiccanized. The traditional iconography seems a bit too specific in nature for the callings of my heart.

It has taken me a long time to find jewelry I like that I feel fits, and I've yet to find sculpture that really appealed to me. The first bit of sculptural work, or carving I saw that really struck me was a cameo-style carved horn depicting the story of Freyr's servant wooing Gerd on Freyr's behalf. It was breathtaking, and I was sorely tempted to be the stereotypical Heathen barbarian of old, and abscond with it like a good naughty viking. But I was a good Heathen. Damn it. :P

I tracked down the artisan responsible for crafting such a piece, and commissioned a work from her, for a horn of my very own to use in rites. Since rites are so intrinsically tied up with wyrd, and the weaving of it, it seemed natural to me, to ask for a carving depicting the 3 Norns: Verdande, Skuld & Urd. The only direction I gave the artisan was that I wanted the 3 Norns at Urdabrunnr, with a backdrop of Yggdrassil, and if possible Odin's ravens (Huginn & Munin) in the tree. I provided the artisan with all known lore references to the Norns, and gave her carte blanche to carve whatever came to mind.

I was contacted today that the horn is ready (and to send the payment on in). I was provided with photos of the horn. :)

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I waited over a year for this beauty, and it's well worth the hefty pricetag attached ($400+).

For anyone who is interested, here's the artisan's website: www.shrewwood.com

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