Märchenwald by M a r i k o
Detail view an oaken casket lid containing a preserved Norse giant’s heart. (5th century)
The inscription on the casket is written in old Norse runes and reads…“Behold! Within this casket lies the heart of the fierce and terrible giant known as Hrungnir, slain this day by Fafrd the Red whose bravery and cunning shall live forever!”
The Hidden House by M. Hoz via Flickr
Horseman’s Shield (Targe) (high-res)
Date: early 15th century
Culture: probably Austrian
Medium: Wood, leather, gesso, silver foil, polychromy
The notch at the upper left served to support the lance of a charging knight.
The coat of arms is thought to belong to either the von Meissau or the Eglauer family, both of Austria.
On the banderoles is the defiant motto IO HARR ? LAS UBER GAN (possibly, “Just wait. You’ll be beaten”). Part of the motto, IO HARR, is repeated around the border. The shield comes from Reifenstein castle, in the Austrian Tirol. The castle was owned by the religious, military order known as the Teutonic Knights.