Runestone from Snoldelev, East Zealand, Denmark.
Runestone from Snoldelev, East Zealand, Denmark.

The triple horns of Odin are a symbol representing three overlapping drinking horns. It has not yet been possible to discover the exact meaning of this symbol, but it may refer to stealing by Odin the Mead of Poetry. The names of the horns are ðrir, Boðn and Són. This symbol has become particularly important in the contemporary faith of Asatru, as well as for other believers who identify themselves with the god Odin.

The symbol was discovered on Snoldelev Stone in the 9th century in Denmark. Another finding is Larbro stone in Gotland, Sweden, dating back to the beginning of the 8th century. Odin’s triple horns are on his shield.

Horns appear in mythological stories about Odin and are recalled in traditional Nordic toast rituals. Most of the stories are about God’s search for Odhroerir, the magical mead brewed from the blood of the wise god Kvasir.


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