The Norwegian Olympic team is drawing upon its cultural heritage to call for a “Attacking Viking” on the podium, calling upon their team to be motivated in a similar way to Canada’s own “Own the Podium” program. This is drawing on what is to them, their own heritage as a positive motivational force. Some wish to point to the fact that the Nazi’s used runes for bad things, and some Neo Nazi groups have latched on to various runes for their own mis-use, but in no way have any of the runes ever been known commonly and only as symbols of hate groups. There is a legitimate use of these for the Scandinavians as cultural symbols. Yes, some racists will continue to try to steal the glory and worth of the symbol for their own perverted uses, but it is clear they are trying to pervert something they don’t own. The runes are a part of our heritage.
The Swastika is different. We lost that one.
This is an extremely well-put and well-researched piece on which Germanic cultural symbols can realistically be reclaimed, and which ones are, for the foreseeable future, lost to the jaws of hate and tragedy. It is respectful of every culture and group of people it talks of, and I’m of the opinion that really anyone could benefit in one way or another from reading it, no matter how well-versed in the subject they believe themselves to be.