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  • 5 Aurar 1981, KM# 24, Iceland
  • 5 Aurar 1981, KM# 24, Iceland

Gammur, one of the four traditional protector spirits ("Landvættir") of Iceland.

Landvættir ("land wights") are spirits of the land in Norse mythology and in Germanic neopaganism. They protect and promote the flourishing of the specific places where they live, which can be as small as a rock or a corner of a field, or as large as a section of a country.

The bull (Griðungur) is the protector of northwestern Iceland, the eagle or griffin (Gammur) protects northeastern Iceland, the dragon (Dreki) protects the southeastern part, and the rock-giant (Bergrisi) is the protector of southwestern Iceland. Great respect was given to these creatures of Iceland, so much that there was a law during the time of the Vikings that no ship should bear grimacing symbols (most often dragonheads on the bow of the ship) when approaching Iceland. This was so the protectors would not be provoked unnecessarily.



Face value on a skate fish.

Skate is a flat fish that has a long tail. On December 23 (mass of Saint Thorlak) there is a tradition (originally from the Westfjords) to serve fermented skate with melted tallow and boiled potatoes. Boiling the Christmas hangikjöt the day after serving the skate is said to dispel the strong smell which otherwise tends to linger around the house for days.



5 Aurar

KM# 24 Schön# 27
Material Bronze
Weight 1.5 g
Diameter 15 mm
Thickness 1.1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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