Norse mythology is really neat, and feels somehow familiar. The stories might be new, but the words are subtly embedded in our language; our days of the week are named after Norse gods. We have been able to see some neat viking burial grounds in Sweden and and museum displays in Denmark, and Norway also does their part of displaying the culture through public art.
These wood carvings are part of a series of 12 or so that hang on the outside of the Oslo city hall. They depict all sorts of myths, about the tree of life, the gods, and how Atkins diet is good for you (just kidding, that last myth doesn’t have any art associated with it.)
We also saw some bronze castings in Bergen. We also noticed in both cities that lots of the building facades have little curlicues or figureheads or carvings over the doors depicting various scenes… although we couldn’t distinguish all of them.
This post is especially for our friend Leif who is just now completing his thesis on Viking poetry and stories (especially the ones about smiths and iron workers) . Way to go Leif, we love hearing about your work!