Odin’s Horn (Triple horn, Horned triskele)

The Triple Horn of Odin is a stylized emblem of the Norse God Odin. This symbol consists of three interlocked drinking horns, and is commonly worn or displayed as a sign of commitment to the modern Asatru faith. The horns figure in the mythological stories of Odin and are recalled in traditional Norse toasting rituals. Most stories involve the God’s quest for the Odhroerir, a magical mead brewed from the blood of the wise god Kvasir. 

The tales vary, but typically, Odin uses his wits and magic to procure the the brew over three days time; the three horns reflect the three draughts of the magical mead. Below is an image of the pre-Christian monument called the Larbro stone. 

 

The symbol above the rider’s head is the triple horn:

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Guðmann Herkúlesson July 30, 2018 at 7:16 am

“Most stories involve the God’s quest for the Odhroerir, a magical mead brewed from the blood of the wise god Kvasir.”

“Kvasir” reminds me of the Polish word for sour, “kwaśny”. Maybe the old brews related to this were sour ones.

morag hunter September 27, 2017 at 4:52 pm

This symbol is eye catching and bought as car stickers which I shall be pleased to show off.

Matt January 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm

Was the triple horn used in later scandinavian christian heraldry?

Isaac Barney April 24, 2014 at 8:49 am

Very interesting symbol. I enjoy look at interlocking things

RebeccaLee February 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Greetings! This article is fairly accurate, however the runestone imaged with the horned triskelion isn’t the Larbro stone, it is the Gotland runestone # G 268 from Lillbjärs, Sweden. Thanks!

Odin Sigurd December 11, 2011 at 7:14 am

Resembles the Japanese mitsudomoe symbol.

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