We present you handmade, artisan crafted pure pewter Viking talismans of Odin’s Mead Horn. This is a handmade item from our smith, cast in traditional methods using lead free pewter and strung on upcycled buckskin cord. Perfect for Yule gifts, to be inspired for poetry and to connect with the ancestors and cultures of Ancient Europe pagan traditions and aesthetics.
The initiatory associations of the drinking horn go back into the earliest Indo-European myths of warrior shaman hunter rites of passage. The ritual nature of taking life to preserve life would be expressed in the ordeals of becoming a man, a warrior, and in taking your place as a part of the tribe. This was a status that was won, sometimes by trapping an ox in a pit and then diving in with a spear and to slay it. These become the core initiatory tests in warrior brotherhoods from Scythians to berserkers and into the range of mystery cults of Mithras and into India. In Norse myth, it was used to contain the mead of poetry (skáldskaparmjöðr), which Odin bargained for with the giantess Gunnlod, He was to have a sip of each of three horns but he drank the entire amount in one gulp. The horns were called Óðrœrir, Boðn and Són.
These horns are said to contain the fermented mix of the blood of of Kvasir and honey, making a inspiring oracular mead. This Kvasir was a man of deep wisdom who could answer any question from the times of the primordial past, as he was formed of the spittle of the Aesir and Vanir. But he was killed by the dwarves Fjalar and Galar. This is a piece conjuring inspiration and tradition, exquisite fine quality and detail, handmade and supporting our tribal business in furthering the Old Ways.