The Vikings believed that the runes were so much more than just an alphabet.
More than simply having the power to describe the world, in the right magical combination, they could also shape the world.
Some of what the Vikings knew about the magic of the runes has been preserved in a number of Icelandic grimoires.
These magical books show how to combine the runes into galdrastafir, also known as staves, to magical effect.
The most popular galdrastafir were protective symbols used by warriors going into battle.
When you imagine a Viking warrior, you probably see a fearsome site with axe in one hand and shield in the other.
The traditional circular wooden shields carried by the Vikings were used both for protection, and offensively to smash into their foes.
This distinctive pendant takes the form of a Viking shield, and is then embossed with a protective galdrastafir.
Invoke this symbol of protection, provided by a Viking's courage and might, with this attractive and dramatic pendant.