Jonas Lau Markussen

Oðinn Figure

This illustration displays some typical characteristics of figurative motifs from early Medieval Scandinavia.


The popular Oðinn figures of the Germanic Iron Age still occur going into the Viking age. However, the visual representation of the Oðinn complex seems to shift towards a preference for armed women, most likely Valkyries, in the early 9th century, instead of the half-naked spear-bearing men with horned headdresses accompanied by beast-headed men.

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