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It measures 14 x 9 inches
All of our altars are 100% made from scratch. This is how we do all of our wood working so when purchasing any altar from my store you know it was built from the ground up.
This altar is made from a beautiful piece of pine, is stained dark walnut and I have used a wood burning tool to engrave the wood with a Woodcut that was originally found on the Vendel era helmet plate. Found on Öland, Sweden, depicting a weapon dancer followed by a berserker.
On the back of this altar is a saw tooth hanger so it can either be used free standing or hung from a wall!
Berserkers – bear warriors
It is proposed by some authors that the berserkers drew their power from the bear and were devoted to the bear cult, which was once widespread across the northern hemisphere.The berserkers maintained their religious observances despite their fighting prowess, as the Svarfdæla saga tells of a challenge to single-combat that was postponed by a berserker until three days after Yule.The bodies of dead berserkers were laid out in bearskins prior to their funeral rites.The bear-warrior symbolism survives to this day in the form of the bearskin caps worn by the guards of the Danish and British monarchs,
In battle, the berserkers were subject to fits of frenzy. They would howl like wild beasts, foamed at the mouth, and gnawed the iron rim of their shields. According to belief, during these fits they were immune to steel and fire, and made great havoc in the ranks of the enemy. When the fever abated they were weak and tame. Accounts can be found in the sagas.
To "go berserk" was to "hamask", which translates as "change form", in this case, as with the sense "enter a state of wild fury". Some scholars have interpreted those who could transform as a berserker was typically as "hamrammr" or "shapestrong" – literally able to shape-shift into a bear's form.:126 For example, the band of men who go with Skallagrim in Egil's Saga to see King Harald about his brother Thorolf's murder are described as “the hardest of men, with a touch of the uncanny about a number of them ... they [were] built and shaped more like trolls than human beings”. This has sometimes been interpreted as the band of men being "hamrammr", though there is no major consensus. Another example of "hamrammr" comes from the Saga of Hrólf Kraki. One tale within tells the story of Bödvar Bjarki, a Berserker who is able to shape-shift into a bear and uses this ability to fight for king Hrólfr Kraki. "Men saw that a great bear went before King Hrolf's men, keeping always near the king. He slew more men with his fore paws than any five of the king's champions."