Dragons are as rich in symbolism as they were said to be rich in treasure. As the true, apex predator, dragons represent both great strength and great danger. With their association with hordes of gold or as the captors of beautiful women, dragons can represent opportunity through risk.
Norse dragons were not just giant monsters – they were cosmic forces unto themselves. Níðhöggr is such a creature. Níðhöggr means “Curse Striker.” He coils around the roots of Yggdrasil, gnawing at them and dreaming of Ragnarok. Jörmungandr (also called “The Midgard Serpent” or “The World-Coiling Serpent”) is so immeasurable that he wraps around the entire world, holding the oceans in. Jörmungandr is the arch-enemy of Thor, and they are fated to kill each other at Ragnarok.
Though the Norse did not equate dragons with the Devil, as Christians do (remember, the Norse did not have a Devil), dragons like Fáfnir can sometimes represent spiritual corruption or the darker side of human nature. Most of all, dragons embody the destructive phase of the creation-destruction cycle. This means that they represent chaos and cataclysm, but also change and renewal.
Sold individually or as a pair, the Small Round Knotwork Brooch features an open knot work design. They are made of pewter and have a modern pin back closure. They are perfect to secure an Apron Dress, Chitons, Viking Coats, Cloaks and more. 1.5″.