Welcome to Vallheims Blog. Here I, André Andersson, will post my toughs on Norse mythology, the Vikings, modern craftmenship, how it inspired me to make unique designs and how the designs fits the old stories.

The Midsummer’s eve

The Midsummer’s eve

Today, the 24th of June, is when we celebrate Midsummer in Sweden. It´s Sweden’s second biggest holiday after Julafton (Christmas) and the tradition stretches back to ancient times. The modern celebration is of course very different from the old ways, traditions do...

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A cursed golden ring

A cursed golden ring

I´m going to keep to the gold theme from my last post and tell you a story about cursed gold. It´s very obvious that gold was of great value in Norse mythology and were regarded with great respect. Unfortunate there is also more than one example of gold that harms...

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Let’s talk gold!

Let’s talk gold!

I´m no scholar. I do not remember everything I read and reading trough the Edda can be a bit challenging when it´s not the most modern way of telling stories. Still, one thing strikes me clear as a lightning from a hammer – there is allot of reference to gold in that...

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What´s with the name Jörmungandr?

What´s with the name Jörmungandr?

To be frank, even for someone who speaks a Scandinavian language that name makes the tongue trip over itself. It´s the true name of the Midgard serpent and the correct translation would be something like ‘The giant rod’. Jörmungandr is one of three siblings. The...

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Sunday is never late

Sunday is never late

Back in old Scandinavia the connection between the day and the sun was not completely understood. Each phenomena were ascribed to one separate divine entity. In other word, the day could exist without the sun and the sun could travel over the skies without it being...

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Fenrir in depth

Fenrir in depth

Fenrir is not merely a big bad wolf who you need to keep tied down, he also comes with some small yet interesting details not often spoken about in the stories. Maybe because they are a bit abstract. After the gods bound Fenrir to Gjöll and Twite he got pretty pissed....

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Two new products

Two new products

We finally got our goddess Sol and our silver wolf head medallion available! Get your silver Sol pendant here: https://www.vallheim.com/product/sol-dog-tag-silver-edition/ And your Wolf head medallion here:...

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The father of all giants

The father of all giants

As I mentioned before Ymer was the first great giant emerging from Ginnungagap. He was not a very nice fellow and is described in the Edda as evil (how one could determine that when he was all alone I do not know.) Ymer had problem sweating while sleeping, and that...

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When life gives you giants… (MEM)

When life gives you giants… (MEM)

When life gives you giants, fetch your hammer! (a Vallheim saying) Explanation: The god Thor was famous for using his hammer to fight the evil giants. So if life gives you a hard time, do like Thor, fight back.

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