Viking Drinking Horns

Horns to drink with or without stand.

The Viking horn to drink is just what it seems: bovine antlers used as a container for liquids. The horns are known since classical antiquity, especially in the Balkans, and have remained in use for ceremonial purposes during the Middle Ages and the beginnings of modernity in Germanic Europe. Horns are now used to toast on special occasions in countries like Georgia.

Some notable examples of the horns of Europe of the Middle Ages were made with the horns of bison or European uro (species of extinct bull in the seventeenth century). Most of the horns of the Viking era were domestic, smaller cattle. The exception to the norm are the large uro horns found in the tomb of Sutton Hoo (Suffolk, east coast of England).

Numerous elaborate horns have been found to drink in tombs of pagan Germanic tribes. The findings span a millennium, from the Germanic Iron Age, to the Viking Age.

Hardly have we got horns of the Viking Age. Both the cattle and the goats were everyday objects prone to deterioration. The decorative metallic pieces and frames for horns recovered in the deposits, testify that their use was very extended, in spite of the fact that the preserved natural horns are scarce.

The majority of the Norwegian horns that are conserved, dated in Average Age, have ornamented metal frames, although the horns are smooth and without adornments. There are also some horns with incrustations in the same horns, although from a later period; its simplicity testifies that it is popular craftsmanship.

The Bayeux tapestry (circa 1070) shows the scene of a banquet before Harold Godwinson embarks for Normandy. Several figures are given a tribute with horns to drink in a building.

The horns to drink appear in multiple literary works of the Viking Age:

In the Edda, Thor drank from a horn that, without knowing it, contained all the seas. By drinking much of the sea content, Thor frightened Utgard-Loki (king of the giants: not to be confused with the god Loki) and his relatives.
The hero Beowulf drank mead on carved horns, and is also used for drinking in the epic poem of the year 1000 Gudrunarkvida II.

Buy the best Viking Horns to drink

Buy the best Viking Horns to drink

If you are looking for the best horns to drink and toast in the purest Viking style as Ragnar Lothbrok would do in Vikings or Uhtred Ragnarson in The Last Kingdom, at Medieval Factory you will find the best horns for your special celebrations.

Viking drinking horns are an original gift for Viking-themed lovers.

Raise the horn and shout SKOL!

Viking Horns on TV

Viking Horns on TV

TV & Shows such as Vikings, The Last Kingdom and, above all, Game of Thrones have brought back into fashion everything related to the Vikings and their way of life and have popularized drinking horns in a very short time.

Drink up like your TV heroes!

How to support the drinking horn?

How to support the drinking horn?

To be able to drink from a Viking horn without any problem, we also have the supports and stands to be able to hold them.

These horn stands keep the horn straight without spilling the liquid.

What animal are the horns for drinking?

What animal are the horns for drinking?

Traditionally, Viking drinking horns are made from the horns of real animals.

The Viking drinking horns are treated to make them suitable to contain liquid and to be able to drink from them.

The most common animals are: cows, bulls, oxen and goats of the cattle.

Signs of bison horns or European uro, a species of bull that became extinct in the 17th century, have been found.

How big are the horns usually for drinking?

How big are the horns usually for drinking?

The ancient Viking horns depended on the size of the beef horn. The average size of common drinking horns was about half a liter, which is the size of the horn of a domestic beef

The large horns found at some sites were for ceremonial purposes and were an exception and were from less common animals.

Nowadays, the Viking drinking horns you can buy also range from 30cl to 3l, but the latter are not usually used for drinking, but rather for ornamental purposes.




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