Vegvisir Norse Compass Bronze Keyring
The Vegvísir Guides the Way Through the Storm
Solid bronze, 12 grams
"...if this sign is carried, one will never lose one's way in storms or bad weather, even when the way is not known."
The Vegvísir, or Norse compass, is an Icelandic magical stave, which, according to the Huld manuscript, protects one from losing their way in bad weather.The vikings used the word "hafvilla" or "bewildered" which means to have no sense of direction or be lost at sea. We created this keychain to help guide us through modern moments of hafvilla.
This wayfinder will help guide the holder through the rough journey of life. Use it to find the correct path to travel or simply watch it spin.
Encircling the Vegvísir is the runic transliteration of the Icelandic phrase, "Ég stoppar ekki Þegar Þreyttur, ég stoppar Þegar ég er búinn", which translates to, "I do not stop when tired, I stop when done."
The solid bronze coin is struck with an incuse design, in which the letters are lowered rather than raised. This way the lettering will stay dark even if the coin is carried daily.
Designed and engraved by Woody Maringer. Learn more about our artists.
The product is treated to look as if it has been handled and circulated. This process is done by hand, and it is both an art and a science, coloring and patinas will vary. No two are exactly the same! Coins are struck one at a time in the USA using antique machinery and traditional coining techniques. A colorful description is included with history and facts about the coin.
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This gift was so well packaged and done with care! I am so happy with the purchase!
Great work. Easy to see its hand crafted, durable and looks great!
I love this piece! I chose to turn mine into a pendant by replacing the silver tone jump ring with a bronze one and putting it on a 3mm black leather cord. I wear it nearly every day. I also own the silver tone necklace, bought another for my husband, then bought yet another for my friend for her birthday. I think it's safe to say that I am a happy customer!
Shire Post Mint, you guys rock!
As of May 27, 2021, I have not received my order.
I bought the Vegvisir keychain for a Vikingesque SCA friend. She said: This is SOLID. I thought she meant, like jazz. No, she says: it's like, HEAVY. BIG. CHUNKY. And of course, Runic. Runes themselves have spiritual/magickal properties and convey protection and good fortune. Next time it's your turn to steer the dragon-prowed wave-runner, better have this. It's so inexpensive can you afford NOT to have one?