I picked this up about a month ago as it was on sale for $5. I was stunned by the fierce beauty, magic and profound depiction of the "Viking" mind-set, poetry, beauty and religious beliefs. It is very in-depth. About 13 years ago I was very much into all the myths, legends and spritual practices of this Norse culture, so looking at the visuals and reading the LWB, which for once included some very detailed info on each card, brought a lot of it back.
If this culture and religion interests you, you will love this deck. Even if you know little or nothing about it, the stunning images might spark a search for knowledge and information on it, which is always a great thing!
The 2 groups of Gods are represented in the cards, Aesir and Vanir. The majors have some stunning choices. Frigg as the High Priestess is so gorgeous I would love a print. Norns depicting the Wheel, haunting and unsettling Valkyries as Death, the fall of Asgard for the Tower. But my favourite has to be The Stars represented by the Yggdrasill the Ash Tree. Breathtaking!
I really loved how the minor arcana was laid out with the The Giants in the wands suit (primeval forms of energy, fire, snow and ice: aspects of unbridled nature)....Vanir for the Chalices....Dwarves and elves for Pentacles...epic heros, wise magicians, heros and rulers for the swords.
All done in a wonderul watercolour. The Queen of Pentacles is a blueish Elf Queen, love it! 9 of Swords is a ghostly image of Svipdagr. I love all the Queens, but the Queen of Swords, set in this evocative Autumn setting is so beautiful.
Obviously, I was surprised at the power and depth of this deck, which is rarely mentioned and so overlooked! I am assuming because it is so Norse specific, which doesn't have loads of people interested in them or it's religion. It could be overwhelming to those not farmiliar to the whole culture.