Browse Exhibits (2 total)

Viking Ships


This exhibit, put together from materials included in the World-Tree archive or previously digitised and freely available, traces the Norse relationship to that most pre-eminent symbol of the Viking Age - the Viking ship - from the seafaring culture of pre-Viking Scandinavia, to modern reconstructions and the use of ship imagery in branding.


World Tree

Image based on Viking graffiti from Jarlshof in the Shetlands

(c) Anne-Kathrin Schoerner

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Representations of the World-Tree (Sample)


The World-Tree (named Yggdrasill in Old Norse) is the living entity that bridges the various regions of the Norse cosmos. It was chosen as the name for this community collection and knowledge-exchange initiative because it represents the preeminent symbol of connectivity in the Viking world. This exhibit looks at how the World-Tree was represented in medieval Scandinavia, and how its symbolism has been appropriated in modern contexts. 


World Tree

Image based on the Överhogdal tapestries (see here for the original)

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