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!”
I see this floating around Tumblr a lot, and while I assume most people don’t take it seriously, I have seen some who do, or at least think that it’s sort of legitimately mysterious. The full commentary goes into the fact that it was discovered in an attic in 1937 and all this sort of thing. I’ve never seen anyone point out “it’s not real”.
It’s in Modern Norwegian which is a giveaway. There’s a giant called Hrugnir in the Prose Edda, but that’s from the 13th century. Hrugnir fought Thor and had a heart made of stone, are we supposed to think this is the same Hrugnir, or are we supposed to think it’s another heretofore unknown Hrugnir with an anchronistic name? In the 5th century he wouldn’t have been called Hrugnir. It doesn’t work.
Besides, are we supposed to believe Fafrd the Red killed a giant and got this box knocked up the same day? Must have killed him in the morning then.
If this was real it’d be in a museum and we’d be able to read about it outside of blogs. It’s a piece of art by DeviantArt user FourPaws, submitted on May 12th 2012.