1,500-Year-Old Golden Amulet Depicting Odin, King Of The Gods – Discovered In Denmark
A 1,500-year-old golden amulet with a runic inscription have been found in a field at Magletving on Lolland by a father and his two sons.
The amulet (or bracteate) is a small, round, thin golden disc with a decorated front that is framed by a gold thread. It has an eyelet for a cord or chain, so it could be carried around the neck.
Archaeologists have determined that the image on the amulet most likely depicts Odin, the king of the gods and the deity for war and death; there is namely, a small runic inscription with the words ‘The Tall’, which was one of Odin’s nicknames.
Archaeologists say that only three such amulets have been found on Lolland – the last one was found in 1906 and in Northern Europe, there are only around 1,000 such pieces.
The amulet was discovered along with a gold pendant, three broken golden pieces (probably parts of a necklace), a golden ring and various pieces of silver – all dating back to 6th century.