GMK Blot takes its name from blót, the Old Norse term for a blood sacrifice – a spectacle in which animals were ritually slaughtered, their blood poured into bowls, spread across stones, and sprayed upon nearby buildings and onlookers. The remains of the slaughtered animals would be cooked and feasted upon, accompanied by toasts of consecrated ale or mead to the glory of the gods. The blót was sacred to the Old Norse people, and was an important pillar of their religious practices; the sacrifices given as a gift to their deities in exchange for victory in battle, bountiful harvests, lasting peace, and many other types of favour.
The deskmats for GMK Blot are in keeping with the theme of this ancient custom. “Altar” depicts the Ægishjálmr – the “Helm of Awe” – a symbol said to grant a sphere of protection, often drawn upon the body or shield with blood to strike fear into the hearts of one’s enemies, as well as a pair of Jellinge-style goats being pierced by swords. “Blood Ritual” on the other hand shows a blót in progress, the keycap-shaped ritual stones soaked crimson with the blood of sacrifices, illustrated by stylish pixel art.
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