As you may know, I just love trees, and this is my first, but certainly won’t be my last, piece of work based on a tree!
|The Ash Yggdrasil by Friedrich Wilhelm Heine (1845-1921) Wikimedia Commons|
The accepted meaning of Yggdrasil is ‘Odin’s Horse’ – the Poetic Edda (a collection of minstrel poems) describe how Odin sacrificed himself by hanging from this tree, in doing this he discovered the Runes.
“I know that I hung on that windswept tree,Swung there for nine long nights,
Wounded by my own blade
Bloodied for Odin,
Myself an offering to myself:
Bound to the tree
That no man knows
Whither the roots of it run.…..…down to the deepest depths I peeredUntil I spied the Runes.With a roaring cry I seized them up,
Then dizzy and fainting I fell.Well-being I wonAnd wisdom too.”The Poetic Edda.
|Tree of Life wall plaque in our Dark & Light Range|
Further update 29 June 2016:
Our latest 'Tree:' cold cast bronze or aluminium, set in solid oak:
|From our Symbols & Motifs Range|
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