Nordic Horses

There are a number of sources for images of medieval Scandinavian horses, but fewer for Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged horse. Sleipnir was the offspring of Loki and the stallion Svaðilfari. In response to a comment on a LH thread, here is a sampling of Nordic medieval horse images, both four-legged and eight-legged.
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Row 1:

From Cultural Atlas of the Viking World, ed. James Graham-Campbell:

1. Sleipnir, 8th c. picture stone, Gotland

2. Sleipnir and another horse on a Gotland stone.

3. Fat horse and rider on Migration era bracteate from Sweden

Row 2:

4. Fragment of Queen’s tapestry with horses from Oseberg blue clay burial, maybe Queen Asa.

5. Sleipnir, 8th-9th century Gotland Stone

6. Horses on reconstruction of Oseberg tapestry

Row 3:

7. Sigurd’s horse Grani carries Fafnir’s treasure on his back

8. Horses? dragons? unicorns? whalebone plaque from Scotland

9. Beast in Ringerike style, (considered to be best example of this style) Ginni and Toki’s tomb, St. Paul’s in London

Row 4:

The Viking, Bertil Algren, et al.

10. Horse-drawn passenger wagon illustration from Oseberg tapestry fragment.

11. Bayeux tapestry, Horses in Battle of Hastings

12. Bayeux tapestry, Duke William’s Norman cavalry

(Bayeux tapestry from this group out of order at end of list)

Row 5:

13. Oseberg tapestry fragment closeup, horse cart

14. Dangeld money payment in silver coins

15. Creature? Swedish bronze weathervane from Swedish ship prow

Row 6:

16. Sleipnir from Gotland picture stone

17. Horse shaped silver gilt ornament, one of a pair, originally made as a pair of broaches, from Birka woman’s grave

From The Vikings, Johannes Brondsted

18. Sleipnir on  Gotland tombstone; horses on Dynna, Norway runic stone

Row 7:

19. Horse with coiled joints on Ramsund rock in Sweden

From The Vikings, O. Madsen

20. Horses in Viking boats, “Queen Matilda” tapestry, Bayeux

21. “Early Viking Warriors” (on horses)

Row 8:

22. “The famous Viking Knut fighting the king of England” (horse line drawings)

23. “Trinket, Sweden 9th century” (figure on horse)

24. Stele for engraved stone from  Haggeby, Uppland, horses with either curled tongues or singing with moons on their heads (left), and Motifs from stone found in Gotland (lower right)

Row 9:

From  The World of the Norsemen, Eric Oxenstierna

25. Horse (four legs) on pictoral stone from Klinte, Gotland

out of order:

26. Bayeux tapestry, Norman horses in color (from The Viking, Bertil Algren, et al.)

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