It still feels odd whenever some stranger calls me «brother». It feels strange — but in a good way. I’m getting these emails and messages almost every day now, from people all around the world. Some ask about my novels (will they be translated into this or that language soon), others comment on my blogposts. And many feel, as I do, that we have some sort of kinship — we are brothers and sisters of the Viking spirit.
We have all heard of Odin’s two ravens, Hugin and Munin. But did you know that they actually symbolize the human mind? They do, and as it often is with Norse mythology, there is wisdom here that is more relevant than ever.
I love making bows. It’s such a great and meditative process and I thought I would share some thoughts on this subject with you. As I am sure you already know, the bow was an integral part of any Norseman’s life..
The Norse creation myth tells of how Odin and his brothers Vili and Vé killed the giant Ymir and made the world out of his carcass. His blood became rivers and the sea, his flesh the soil under our feet, his bones the mountains and his skull were held up by the dwarves North, South, West and East to make the sky above us.