Viking mascot flexing muscles outside among crowd

The Bethany Mascot

Halvar with shield in right hand and axe raised in left hand in front of a red wall and surrounded by fog/smoke

Get to know Halvar:


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Favorite Color:

Bethany Red! (#c41230)

Favorite Hymn:

ELH 211, "Built on the Rock"

Dream Vacation:

Visit the Alexandria, Minnesota, lakes area and see Big Ole - the 28 foot Viking Statue

Favorite Spot at Bethany:

The North Lantern in Honsey Hall– you get a great view of campus!

Fun Fact:

I only have four fingers on each hand due to an axe sharpening incident when I was a young viking

Meet the Mascot

While Halvar is often busy studying or eating lutefisk, he loves to say hello to friends of Bethany when possible. If you would like to request Halvar at an event, please send him a message at 

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The History of Halvar

Founded in 1927, Bethany has long resided on the edge of the Mankato hilltop. Beginning as a ladies’ educational institution, Bethany later grew into a high school, then into a junior college, and now into the 4-year institution it is today; offering undergraduate and graduate programs.

As the college grew, a school mascot emerged. The Bethany Viking, with its imposing figure yet friendly charm, became a source of inspiration. He is an active spirit in deed and faith with a distinctly Lutheran taste for the world’s finest Lutefisk. While carried in the hearts of students for years, the Bethany Viking became flesh – or stuffing – at Homecoming of 2021. Alumni, students, and friends met him and blessed him with the name “Halvar,” defender of the Rock of our salvation.

See photos from Halvar’s unveiling in October 2021.