Gold-leaf amulets are made of tiny, very thin foils of gold. Usually the amulets are 1 - 2 square centimeters in size, covered with relief motives. The tradition with the gold-leaf amulets are traces from a tradition from the early Viking Age in Scandinavia. 

On Borg, 5 gold-leaf amulets were found, all of them in the northern corner of the Great hall. This is the same area as most of the high status finds were done.Most likably, the High Seat was standing here and was the centre for feasts and ceremonies. The largest gold-leaf amulets was found in 1983, in a young layer in the hole of the northern load bearing post. The smalles amulet was found during investigating soil from outside the north side of the Great hall. Two amulets were found under a stone in the before mentioned post-hole, the last one nearby. All of the gold-leaf amulets are from the last fase of the house. Two of the amulets are to be admired in the permanent display of artifacts in the Lofotr Viking Museum, the remaining three are stored in Tromsø Museum. 

We do not surely know the meaning of these tiny gold-figures, or why they were buried under/by load-bearing posts. We assume they were placed there during rituals that has marked the very high status of the family living on the farm. Or maybe they served as symbols securing good days for the people of Borg, for the reconstruction of the chieftain´s house? Or was part of fertility rituals, marked the inauguration of a new chieftain or perhaps one believed the chieftain to be descendants of the gods. We do not know the answers. 

The gold-leaf amulets found at Borg shows to figures facing eachother in embracement. A common interpretation is that this symbolizes the sacred wedding between the fertility god Frøy and the giant´s daughter Gerd. From historical sources we do know that Ynglinge-ætten believed to be descendants from this couple. "Håløygjatal", the mytolocial description of the rise of the mighty "jarlene" of Trøndelag, tells us that they came from Northern Norway, from the God Odin and the Godess Skade. We do believe that the chieftain at Borg was related to the "jarlene" at Lade, Trøndelag. Therefore, maybe it is the gods Odin and Skade that are shown on the gold-leaf amulet, not Frøy and Gerd? The woman figure is likely to be a personification of the land the chieftain achieved through the sacred wedding. The amulets may have helped keeping the memory of the mytological connections of the chieftain, to secure his right to the land and to be a chieftain. 

In Scandinavia, about 3000 gold-leaf amulets are found in 30 places. They are not know outside of Scandinavia. At Sorte Muld in the island Bornholm, 2350 amulets were found, making it likely to believe that this has been a site for production of the amulets. Relatively few amulets have until now been found in Norway. We know them from Klepp in Jæren Region, Mære in Trøndelag region and Borg in Lofoten region. The latest found has been done in Oppland region, 29 amulets at a location that probably has been a place of sacrifice to the gods.