It’s me again, this time with a Swedish tank – the Lansen C
Odin’s Wolves – Lansen C
The name of the style refers to Geri and Freki, two wolves accompanying Odin in Norse mythology. That’s why the muzzle brake is shaped like a wolf’s head here, I think it’s a good idea, it’s already rather big on the Lansen, it was just meant to be used in a creative way.
I actually learned how to read the runes at some point just because they were cool and mystical, so I was happy to see that they are present on this style. But it was short lived because I tried to read what’s written here and… Well, more about that later. The alphabet used here is the Younger Futhark, particularly the short-twig variant of it, used in Norway and Sweden. It’s accurate, as it was the alphabet used during the Viking Age. Now what’s written here? Umm… “ᚱᚴᛁᚦᚢᛁᚦᚢᚱ” can be transcribed into “RKITHUITHUR” and the only part of this inscription is “THUR” (“ᚦᚢᚱ”), as it’s how “Thor” was written in runes. The only sites that pop up after looking it up in google are about this style, so it may be just some kind of gibberish. Here’a an inscription with “ᚦᚢᚱ”:
A chainmail armor, rather common medieval piece of equipment, also used by the Vikings.
Geri and Freki with an inscription “ᚷᛖᚱᛁ᛬ᚨᛦ᛬ᚠᚱᛖᛦᛁ᛬ᚷᚨᚱ᛬ᛗᛁᚾᚩ᛬ᚠᛁᛚᛚᛁ”, written in runes of the Elder and Younger Futhark (the long-branch variants this time). The Younger Futhark was reducted to 16 runes (from 24 in the Elder Futhark), in the Younger Futhark some runes were used for letters that previously had two separate runes (like K and G) and I’m not an expert, so I don’t know if the Elder Futhark was still used in some words or it’s just a mistake, but it doesn’t look right, as I don’t think that the runes of both alphabets should be used in one word… Still I can read it, so it’s not that bad. Written here is “GERI:AR:FRERI:GAR:MINA:FILLI”. We know about Geri and Freki (because I assume it should be “Freki” instead of “Freri”, yeah, there’s a typo, which looks even more interesting because two different Rs were used), I don’t know what they meant to convey after that, but “mina” means “mine” in Swedish and “filli” is close to “fylla” meaning “fill”, so maybe the whole sentence is a prayer for the spirits of Odin’s Wolves filling the person praying or something like that.
Uhh my head hurts a bit after the last paragraph so here’s something easier – Viking shields, a common sight for anyone interested in Viking history.
This banner may be really interesting if it is what I think it is. It looks like the designer took the raven banner, a symbol of Odin often used by the Vikings, and modified it so that now it portrays a wolf rather than a raven, more fitting for the theme of the style. There’s also a metal wolf on top of it.
Two Viking swords in their scabbards. Fun fact: the so called “Viking swords” were actually made in the Frankish Empire, but they were mostly used by the Vikings, given to them as a ransom payment, traded for something or simply looted by them, so there were barely any of them left where they were made, but they were common among the Vikings.
There are also some axes, another weapon commonly associated with the Scandinavian warriors.
Two Viking helmets, I’m glad that they went with a realistic look instead of taking liberties and giving them horns. There are actually only two examples of Viking Age helmets in somewhat good condition in existence – the Gjermundbu helmet and the Yarn helmet. The first one of them is closer to the ones on the tank, so I included its photo below.
You can also see a chest filled with loot, possibly saved by the Vikings from a great fire after the local people suddenly disappeared.
A drinking horn and two leather bottles, in reality used by the Vikings (unlike the skulls of their enemies, which weren’t really used in that way). Below are two pics, the first one showing a drinikg scene pictured on an image stone from Gotland, the second one – a real leather flask from Viking Age – the Cloonclose Flacket.
And another disappointment for a last detail – an inscription “ᚽᚢᛆᚱᚽᛁᛌᛐᛧᛌ”, transcribed from short-twig runes of the Younger Futhark: “HUARHISTƦS” – no clue if that even means anything.
Well, I really liked this style before reading the runes on it, now it looks like a mess… But a rather nice mess if you don’t care about the inscriptions, there are still some valuable and cool details on it.