The Yggdrasil (The Tree of Life) Sporran
One of the more fascinating shared elements between the differing belief systems and creation myths of the wold is that of the Tree of Life. The Tree takes forms both humble and sublime: it is a shrub, a woody vine, a cross, and a towering Yew. Depending on the culture, it may yield Truth, Knowledge, Life, Death, Love, or even fruit with the power to grant immortality. In the Norse tradition, Yggdrasil was not only a figurative representation of the power of life, it was also a massive Ash tree that united every facet of creation. The 9 worlds of Norse cosmology were knit together by Yggdrasil, and the life-affirming aspect of trees was honored further by Vikings, who held their Things (assemblies) beneath the branches of “warden trees” that dominated the landscape.
The Celtic Leatherworks Yggdrasil Interchangeable Flap is a verdant and detailed representation of the collective mytheme of the “Tree of Life”. The roots of our tree spring from the knotted border that encloses it, uniting the terrestrial with the heavenly in the vein of the Yggdrasil myth. Perched within the branches of the tree is a hidden face. Numerous living creatures are associated with the powerful Norse Tree of Life, but we elected to give this honor to Hræsvelgr, a corpse-eating giant who assumes the form of an eagle that lives within Yggdrasil’s uppermost branches, seated at the edge of Heaven.
This is the Tree of Life 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 Tree of Life (Yggdrasil) 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.
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