Tängelgårda stone from Gotland, Sweden. 9th century.
Tängelgårda stone from Gotland, Sweden. 9th century.

Valknut is best known as the “Knot of the Fallen”. The warriors who gave their lives in battle, equipped with the symbol of intertwined triangles, demonstrated not only their faith in noble values, but also their hope that after their death they would join the ranks of the “Einherjar” – warriors taken to the land of Valhalla, the eternal happiness from which they would return on the day of the end of the world, called to the final fight against evil.

Valor, courage, honor, and love for the homeland – these were the qualities that characterized every Germanic warrior ready to give his life for his people. The etymology of the word Valknut refers directly to the following values: “Val” refers to valor, and “knut” to knot binds three triangles together.

Depending on its interpretation, is assigned different numerical symbols:
Three is a Celtic symbol of motherhood, birth, and rebirth; another interpretation makes us understand the connection of the three triangles as a symbol of the coexistence of the kingdom of earth, heaven, and hell. Nine refers to images of nine worlds of Nordic mythology (Niflheim, Muspelheim, Asgard, Midgard, Jotunheim, Vanaheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim, Helheim).

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