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Welcome to Aric Jorn Studios

 

I am a narrative artist whose mission is to explore, preserve and share Norse mythology and culture of the Viking Age. Through my sculptures, I seek to interpret the continued relevance of the culture and myths for a modern audience.

 

I invite you to be part of this mission by exploring and sharing this site, following the studio on Facebook and Instagram, participating in studio events, and, if you are inclined, supporting my work by purchasing a piece.

It's our ninth anniversary!
(so we're giving you a chance to win some loot)

Nine was one of the most significant numbers to the Norse people of the Viking Age. This year the number nine is of particular significance to us, too, since 2024 marks the studios’ ninth anniversary. As we celebrate our first nine years as a studio, we also celebrate you – the ones who have made it all possible through your continued support. So, between now and September, we will hold three drawings each giving one randomly selected winner a chance to add 5,000, 7,500 or 10,000 pieces of gold (equivalent to $50, $75, and $100) to his/her/their Loyalty Loot Viking chest. Drawings will be held live online on March 9, June 9, and September 9 at 9 p.m. EST. In joint celebration with the release of the Skidbladnir's bold new sail (see below), all who purchase Skidbladnir and/or the sail by March 8 at 11:59 p.m. EST will get double entry into the March drawing for that order. For more information, visit the drawing details page.

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A Sail for Skíðblaðnir

We are excited to announce that now this best of ships can be enhanced with a handcrafted sail fashioned in bold stripes of red/white or blue/white canvas hoisted on a walnut mast adorned with a weathervane hand-gilded in 23-karat gold and emblazoned with a coiled serpent and wolf. This striking enhancement can be added when you order Skíðblaðnir or is available separately for those who have already added the ship to their collection. Whether Skíðblaðnir is showcased as a standalone piece or as a display for the Mini Myths, this new mast and sail is a stunning addition befitting the ship of the gods.

Featured Video:
Jackson Crawford Interview 

In mid-December, I had the honor of being interviewed by Dr. Jackson Crawford, an expert in Old Norse language and mythology and the author of many books on the subject. Initiatlly the live conversation was only accessible to Dr. Crawford’s Patreon supporters (and a handful of my own), but it is now available to all in its entirety. 

During our hour plus long conversation, we discussed topics ranging from my art, processes, and journey to the very real challenges faced by artists who seek (as I do) to represent a past culture/mythology authentically. 

To support my work and that of Dr. Crawford, please take a moment to give it a thumbs up and leave a comment on YouTube. Enjoy and thanks for watching!

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Loyalty Loot & Referral Rewards are live!

Earn pieces of gold you can spend in the studio store by completing certain actions.

To learn more, click the Loyalty Loot button on the bottom of each page.

Myth of the Month

There has never been a better time to join Myth of the Month. In January, we started the subscription collection fresh from the beginning. So, if you have ever considered joining Myth of the Month, now is the perfect time.

The Viking Artifact Series

Pre-orders are now open for the spring production of Herbliðr, the Viking sword and Úlfstönn, the Viking spearhead, the first two pieces in the Viking Artifact Series. 

Designed to stir the imagination, each of these limited-edition, signed and numbered pieces is sculpted to look like an artifact recently unearthed by archeologists. As these pieces adorn your wall, they appear like items on loan from a museum. 

 

To add a touch of the Viking Age to your home, pre-order today.

Buy Now, Pay Later

We are excited to announce two new payment options – PayPal and Affirm – now available at checkout from the studio store. Both options offer valuable flexibility and enable you to stretch your budget by buying now and paying later. Both PayPal and Affirm also offer 0% APR options to qualified buyers.

To check out these new ways of purchasing, simply view any item in the studio store. You will now see the available payment options for that item listed next to the price.

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One artist's journey of discovery ​through Norse art & Viking myth

I have loved mythology all my life and currently devote most of my artistic energies to sharing the stories told over 1000 years ago by the Vikings. Oddly, despite being Scandinavian, I grew up with little knowledge of my heritage or the depth, originality and richness of Norse mythology. When I began to explore it as an adult, I came to realize not only how captivating and uniquely satisfying their beliefs, traditions and stories were but also how much of it is gone. Like so many oral-based traditions of ages past, when ancient Scandinavia eventually succumbed to a different culture's beliefs - in this case, Christianity - most of this fascinating culture was forever lost to us. What remains are enticing fragments, curious artifacts, and tales of dubious provenance. As Neil Gaiman put it in his recent book, Norse Mythology, "I can imagine the stories but I cannot tell their tales ... they are lost, or buried, or forgotten."

Despite everything we've lost, much of what we know is highly accurate, particularly in the form of physical artifacts which offer clear examples of the Viking aesthetic as it manifested in their woodcarving, silversmithing, shipbuilding and the design of their weapons and armor as well as the textiles, burial rites and general structure of their society. But some of the things most closely associated with the Vikings turn out to be false or grossly altered to fit stereotypes. A handful of 19th century artists and composers including Richard Wagner are the likely source for the fallacy that Vikings had horns on their helmets. Some of the core source material used to study Norse mythology today was written a hundred or more years after the Viking Age had ended by people like Snorri Sturlason, author of the Prose Edda, who it is widely suspected revised the tales in order for them to be palatable to his largely Christian audience. Still more confusion has been stirred up through the borrowing of Viking mythology to create new tales (Marvel Comics, for instance, portrays the Aesir Gods as aliens from a distant planet). Even television series like History Channel's Vikings - for all they get right - portray the Norsemen in the black biker-leather-like-armor currently fashionable in movies when the reality of Viking dress was much more colorful and sophisticated.

I am not suggesting that there is anything wrong with using Norse mythology and culture as the basis or inspiration for new creative tales - the Vikings did this themselves after all and so do I. It is a rare and wonderful setting for artists to play in and expand upon, but as we play and borrow and delight in these stories - new and old alike - we should acknowledge that the resulting line between who the Vikings really were and who they have become in our collective imaginations is often a blurry one.

There is no way to know with any certainty whether my interpretation of a given character or story is entirely accurate and, as an artist, absolute accuracy is not always my main goal. Still, with every piece I create, I attempt to embody the spirit of my ancestors and interpret through my art the essence and meaning of the stories they left behind. I would like to think that the resulting work would be at least familiar to those who originated the tales over a millennium ago and that they would smile at me in recognition of a kindred spirit.

​~Aric Jorn

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