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Why Did The Vikings Carve ?

riddles of wood3Riddles of Wood, painting detail by Steven E. CounsellThese Runic carvings are the stories the trees tell the carvers. In the Northern Taiga these hard men invented their soul through these glyphs. Trees were the foundation, the very flesh of the Long Ships, the Dragon Ships. They created their fabulous beasts and interlocked their design to knot their bodies to the earth. Their was no plunder or wergeld in these bright carvings only the proof of their existence. Their debt to the Norns ( The Fates ). What we make is the coffin that buries and resurrects us.




ILLUMINATIONS The Geography of the Imagination (page 13)
by Steven E. Counsell