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This is my more modern interpretation of the Lion Rampant on the Scottish Royal Banner with a Celtic twist. Behind the lion is the Scottish Saltire (National flag). At the bottom, the word "Alba" is Scottish Gaelic for "Scotland."

Tags: scottish-ancestry, scottish-american, scottish-heraldry, scottish-clan, scottish-highlands

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Bears have been a prominent feature in mythology and legend. Perhaps most notably by the Norse berserker warriors that looked to channel the bear’s strength and ferocity by wearing bear skins into battle. The bear has been an admired creature throughout many cultures throughout history. Bjorn is a name of Germanic origin meaning "bear."

Tags: strong, viking, ferocious, vikings, nordic

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Bears have been a prominent feature in mythology and legend. Perhaps most notably by the Norse berserker warriors that looked to channel the bear’s strength and ferocity by wearing bear skins into battle. The bear has been an admired creature throughout many cultures throughout history.

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Bear T-Shirt

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the Elder Futhark Odal rune. It is often associated with and is symbolic of the Norse god, Odin. So, for my interpretation of the rune, I surrounded it with Odin’s “pets.” The Ravens, Huginn and Muninn, and the wolves Geri and Freki.

Tags: heathen, ravens, raven, wolves, wolf

Odal T-Shirt

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The official logo of the Celtic Hammer Club brand. Celtic Hammer Club is the brand name for a collection of Celtic and Norse style artwork by Doug Cavanaugh.

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The Valkyries, whose name means “chooser of the slain” are prominent figures in Old Norse mythology. They are female entities who preside over battles selecting those who died fighting valiantly to spend their afterlife in the halls of Valhalla where the Valkyries serve them mead as they plan for the events of Ragnarök. My artwork depicts a Valkyrie carrying a slain warrior to the halls of Valhalla behind her.

Tags: lagertha, valhal, fantasy, battle, warrior

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The Valkyries, whose name means “chooser of the slain” are prominent figures in Old Norse mythology. They are female entities who preside over battles selecting those who died fighting valiantly to spend their afterlife in the halls of Valhalla where the Valkyries serve them mead as they plan for the events of Ragnarök. My artwork depicts a Valkyrie carrying a slain warrior to the halls of Valhalla behind her.

Tags: lagertha, fantasy, valhal, battle, warrior

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“Highlander Charge” depicts an army of Celtic warriors charging into battle. The artwork is not meant to accurately depict any particular Celtic group or tribe. Rather, it’s a romanticized image taking bits and pieces from different elements of Celtic culture throughout history to make one composite representation of the Celtic warrior.

Tags: viking, celtic-knot, warrior, norse, nordic

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White stags have played a role in many mythologies and legends, especially in the North. The Celts believed them to be messengers from the otherworld. The white stag’s appearance would be an omen for whoever sighted it. The legends of King Arthur indicated that the white stag had a supernatural ability to avoid capture, and pursuit of the magical beast was akin to a spiritual quest.

Tags: rune, magic, runes, fantasy, hunter

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Offering ale, wine, or mead to the gods, the dead, or spirits has been a part of ritual and religion for millennia. It’s a practice that spreads across much of history and culture. It’s a powerful expression used to bring together communities in a reaffirmation of beliefs and values. My knotwork-style representation of this type of offering depicts two warriors hoisting their drinking horns to the sky!

Tags: asatru, old-ways, heathen, knotwork, mythology

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Dragon in a Norse style with a sword running through it. The Runes spell out "Dragon Slayer"

Tags: fantasy, sword, runes, rune, knot

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This is an original interpretation of Odin entering Valhalla riding on Sleipnir from the Tjängvide image stone. Sleipnir is Odin’s faithful steed. Reknown for having EIGHT legs!

Tags: odin, thor, vikings, norse, nordic

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This is an original interpretation of Odin entering Valhalla riding on Sleipnir from the Tjängvide image stone. Sleipnir is Odin's faithful steed who has EIGHT legs!

Tags: norse-mythology, viking-mythology, valhalla, mythology, celtic

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It’s the busiest time of the year, HARVEST! The days are slowly getting shorter. The smell in the air starts to change. It’s becoming cooler at night. Summer is winding down. The Oak King is aging, and the Holly King is becoming stronger. The Holly king is waiting patiently for his strength to return so that he may challenge the Oak King on Samhain (Halloween), and DEFEAT him, thereby ushering in winter. So you must stay busy. Harvest your crops and store them in preparation for the winter ahead. There’s still time. Hard work during the Harvest will be rewarded.

Tags: autumn-season, harvest, fall, autumn, pagan

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In Norse mythology, there lived a great beast. A wolf, but not just any wolf. This wolf is the son of Loki (how a humanoid fathers a wolf I surely don't know, but it's mythology so we won't overthink it) and the father of ALL wolves. The legend of Fenrir has many interesting stories attached to it, but perhaps the most well known is how Fenrir came to bite off the hand of the Nordic god, Týr (from whom we get "Týrsday, or Tuesday as it is now known). Týr was brave enough to place his hand INSIDE the mouth of Fenrir while the other Nordic god's bound Fenrir with a magical ribbon made by the dwarves. Fenrir, who was able to break every other chain up until the magical dwarf ribbon was unable to free himself, and bit off Týr's hand...

Tags: norse, fenrir, wolf, norse-mythology, wolves

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Dragon in a Norse style with a sword running through it. The Runes spell out "Dragon Slayer"

Tags: fantasy, sword, runes, rune, knot

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This design depicts this monstrous canine from Northern European legend in a "Neo-Nordic" style. There are lots of traditional style knots and patterns woven together and given a contemporary edge. The colors are distressed to give the image the look of a gold or bronze artifact that was just dug up out of a Viking chieftains burial mound! The runes towards the bottom of the image says, "FENRIR."

Tags: scandinavian, scottish, irish, fenris, knot

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After the Celts sacked Rome in 390 BC, they agreed to leave the city only after the Romans paid a massive quantity of gold. After the Romans complained to Brennus that the Celts were cheating by weighing the gold with faulty weights, Brennus rose to his feet, threw his sword on the scale and exclaimed the now famous, “Vae victis!” which translates to, “Woe to the vanquished!” In other words, “what are you going do about it?” The sacking of Rome by the Celts left a psychological scar on the Romans which they never forgot.

Tags: shield, sword, ancient, historical, roman

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Yggdrasil, or “World Tree,” is a central feature of Norse mythology. The World Tree houses all nine of the mythological Norse realms, and several mythological creatures occupy its branches. My artwork here shows Thor, the thunder god, battling his nemesis the “World Serpent” Jörmungandr. Thor and the world serpent do battle in the cataclysmic Ragnarök where they kill each other in their final battle.

Tags: viking, nordic, norse, thor, jormungand

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Yggdrasil, or “World Tree,” is a central feature of Norse mythology. The World Tree houses all nine of the mythological Norse realms, and several mythological creatures occupy its branches. My artwork here shows Thor, the thunder god, battling his nemesis the “World Serpent” Jörmungandr. Thor and the world serpent do battle in the cataclysmic Ragnarök where they kill each other in their final battle

Tags: viking, jormungand, thor, world-serpent, nordic

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Celtic warriors have been renowned for their prowess on the battlefield since ancient times. They were head hunters, displaying the heads of their slain victims in their homes as trophies, and they charged into battle adorned in blue war paint. This artwork pays homage to the Celtic warrior legacy; specifically, the Welsh who have long been known to some of the greatest of the Celtic warriors.

Tags: welsh, skulls, skull, nordic, norse

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Celtic warriors have been renowned for their prowess on the battlefield since ancient times. They were head hunters, displaying the heads of their slain victims in their homes as trophies, and they charged into battle adorned in blue war paint. This artwork pays homage to the Celtic warrior legacy; specifically, the Scottish who have long been known to some of the greatest of the Celtic warriors.

Tags: scottish, norse, nordic, viking, sword

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Celtic warriors have been renowned for their prowess on the battlefield since ancient times. They were head hunters, displaying the heads of their slain victims in their homes as trophies, and they charged into battle adorned in blue war paint. This artwork pays homage to the Celtic warrior legacy; specifically, the Irish who have long been known to some of the greatest of the Celtic warriors.

Tags: irish, nordic, scottish, norse, battle

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Celtic warriors have been renowned for their prowess on the battlefield since ancient times. They were head hunters, displaying the heads of their slain victims in their homes as trophies, and they charged into battle adorned in blue war paint. This artwork pays homage to the Celtic warrior legacy.

Tags: celtic, viking, irish, nordic, scottish

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The design depicts this monstrous canine of Northern European lore in a classic Nordic style with knots and patterns everywhere, but with a contemporary twist. The colors are distressed to give an aged appearance.

Tags: fenrir, asatru, heathen, celtic, mythology

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The design depicts this monstrous canine of Northern European lore in a classic Nordic style with knots and patterns everywhere, but with a contemporary twist. The colors are distressed to give an aged appearance.

Tags: fenrir, celtic, runes, asatru, heathen

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The design depicts this monstrous canine of Northern European lore in a classic Nordic style with knots and patterns everywhere, but with a contemporary twist. The colors are distressed to give an aged appearance.

Tags: fenrir, odin, thor, ragnarok, mythology

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The design depicts this monstrous canine of Northern European lore in a classic Nordic style with knots and patterns everywhere, but with a contemporary twist. The colors are distressed to give an aged appearance.

Tags: fenrir, irish, celtic, celt, knotwork

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“The Binding of Fenrir” has become one of the most popular tales in Norse mythology. Fenrir lived with the gods in Asgard, but as Fenrir continued to grow and grow into a monstrously large sized wolf, the gods knew he had become a threat. So, the gods bound Fenrir with a magical chain forged by the Dwarves. After being bound, Fenrir took his revenge and bit off the hand of the god Tyr. The symbolism of the brave Tyr sacrificing his hand to the powerful Fenrir is reflected in this artwork.

Tags: wolves, viking, m, nordic, tiwaz

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Ēostre was an ancient heathen goddess of the dawn. Her name is where we get the name “Easter” today. Ēostre (or Ostara in Old High German) represents the coming of the spring and the beginning of a new season of growth and fertility. Even though the old heathen customs were adopted into Christianity, the modern Easter is still flush with symbols of the old Easter. Easter bunnies, decorating eggs, tulips, and other spring time motifs are still very much with us today.

Tags: easter, wicca, wiccan, pagan, wheel-of-the-year

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Almost all cultures have special words or toasts to acknowledge the activity of bonding with others over drinks. The Celtic and Norse tribes were no exception. Fermented beverages played an important role in rituals and sacrifices. It brought people together to help create a sense of comradery and community. Mead and ale took on an almost supernatural power as they are often referenced in sagas and mythology. Mead was referred to as the “nectar of the gods.” Much of the Saxon epic poem Beowulf is set in a mead hall. So raise your drink, and toast to the long held traditions of the past. Skál! Sláinte! Cheers!

Tags: vikings, nordic, cel, knot, celt

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This is the standard bearer for the Celtic Hammer Club brand. Celtic Hammer Club is the collection of artwork created by Doug Cavanaugh that pays homage to heroic mythologies, legends, and cultures from the Northern past.

Tags: vikings, odin, asatru, heathen, wolves

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The boar has played a prominent role in Celtic and Germanic culture since antiquity. This image was inspired by a well known Pictish carving stone dating to the 7th century. The Orkney Islands in Scotland take their name from Celtic word for boar. The boar was also used by the Vikings with the mythological Gullinbursti being the war pig of Norse god Freyr.

Tags: mythology, knotwork, knot, scandinavian, ireland

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Huginn and Muninn (“Thought” and “Memory” respectively) are pet ravens of the Norse god, Odin. Odin’s ravens fly all over Midgard (Earth) collecting all of the information they can in order to report it back to Odin. In my interpretation, Huginn and Munnin are surrounding a magical stave named Ægishjálmr (Helm of Awe or Helm of Terror). It’s one of the most mysterious and powerful symbols in Norse mythology.

Tags: viking, rune, stave, helm, irish

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The ancient Irish writing of ogham reads “tip of the spear” on the spear shaft. The runes around the image read “all our hopes and dreams travel with you” because, as stated above, your existence represents the summation, the grand total of all the lives and actions before you.

Tags: inspiration, ancestors, ancestry, family, roots

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The ancient Irish writing of ogham reads “tip of the spear” on the spear shaft. The runes around the image read “all our hopes and dreams travel with you” because, as stated above, your existence represents the summation, the grand total of all the lives and actions before you.

Tags: heathen, ancestry, runes, rune, history

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