The Landøyðan: The Nordic Raven Sporran
Iconic in cultures throughout the ancient Western world, the raven is prevalent in Norse mythology and art. According to the 13th century Poetic Edda, Odin-the-Allfather had an enduring kinship with two ravens, respectively called Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory). However, ravens have been accorded a special place in Norse lore long before the Edda was composed: the fragmentary 9th century Hrafnsmál (“Song of Ravens”) documents a conversation between a Valkyrie and a raven. The shared stewardship of fallen warriors bind Valkyries and ravens together, though ravens have yet another connection to the battlefield: for at least three centuries, the flags and standards of Vikings featured this important feathered icon, including the legendary Landøyðan (“Land Waster”), Harald Hardrada’s infamous personal banner.
The Nordic Raven Interchangeable Flap is a Celtic Leatherworks original design! Based on the knotwork and proportions of ancient Viking and Celtic art, the Nordic Raven came to life as a fierce and complex tribute to the rich history and tradition associated with this creature for over a millennia.
This is a custom colored Nordic Raven Sporran. It is a Rob Roy style sporran with an Interchangeable Flap. The bag is made from black deer tanned leather. The flap is full grain vegetable tanned leather with a Nordic Raven embossed into it. The flap on this bag has been hand rubbed to give it a burnished brass and steel finish.
The bag utilizes a leather drawstring cord to close the bag at the top. The second leather cord is used to loop over the concho or clasp on the flap to hold it closed. These cords are accented with a variety of metal beads. Bead style may vary on each bag.
The back of the sporran is reinforced at the top with vegetable tanned leather. The flap attaches to the back of the bag at the top with heavy duty snaps. There are two D-rings to attach it to a sporran belt. The belt loop will comfortably fit on a 2.5 inch belt should you choose to wear it that way.
The original artwork was made by Vitor Gonzalez of ArsCeltica and is copyright to Celtic Leatherworks.
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