Wall Sticker-Runes Egill Skallagrimsson

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Runes – Egill Skallagrímsson

Almost one hundred rune inscriptions have been discovered in Iceland, but only one is from the Viking age. Nonetheless there are many examples of runes and their use in the Icelandic sagas. Egill’s Saga is one of the best known Icelandic sagas and tells the story of Iceland’s most famous viking, Egill Skallagrímsson. Egill was immensely strong and renowned for his temper and menacing appearance. He was merciless, grim, vindictive and coarse and he steadfastly defended his own rights and the rights of his family, firmly believing them to be superior to the rights of others. Interestingly, this gruff Viking was also one of the best poets of his time. He was probably also the only poet who is reported in the sagas to have knowledge of the magic runes. The story reveals that Egill’s knowledge of runes proved useful and gave him an advantage under certain circumstances. An example of such scenario is when a farmer's daughter lay seriously ill after her admirer had, in his ignorance, carved her harmful runes instead of love runes. Egill healed the girl by using his rune skills and uttered these following words of warning which are still relevant today:  Skalat maður rúnir rista, nema ráða vel kunni. No man should carve runes unless he can read them well.

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Size: 27 x 150 cm

 

Rúnir – Egill Skallagrímsson

Þegar Ísland byggðist voru rúnir ritmál norrænna þjóða. Orðið rún þýddi upphaflega leyndarmál eða leynilegt tákn, notað til galdra. Rúnir voru ristar eða höggnar í hart efni eins og tré, horn eða stein og einkenndust af beinum línum og hvössum hornum. Aðeins um hundrað rúnaristur hafa fundist á Íslandi en fjölmörg dæmi eru um rúnir og rúnanotkun í Íslendingasögunum. Egilssaga er meðal þeirra Íslendingasagna þar sem fjallað er um rúnir og rúnagaldra. Aðalsöguhetjan, Egill Skallagrímsson, er líklega einn þekktasti víkingur allra tíma. Hann var harðskeyttur og óvæginn en jafnframt eitt mesta skáld víkingaaldar og líklega eina skáldið í Íslendingasögunum sem hafði þekkingu á galdrarúnum. Þekking hans á rúnafræðum veitti honum yfirburði við vissar aðstæður. Dæmi um slíkar aðstæður er þegar bóndadóttir lá fársjúk eftir að henni höfðu verið ristar meinrúnir í þekkingarleysi í stað manrúna. Með rúnakunnáttu sinni læknaði Egill stúlkuna og lét þessi frægu varnarorð falla, orðspeki sem enn í dag má draga lærdóm af:

       Skalat maður rúnir rista, nema ráða vel kunni

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Stærð: 27 x 150 cm

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