The Norse Social Class System of the Viking Age

The Norse had a social class structure to their society. They had kings, priests, jarls and lords, freemen and slaves (thralls). Before the formal organization of the Scandinavian countries, the Norse were considered as a single people consisting of various family clans. Nordic society was set and organized with a deliberate means to the ends. Norse social stratification was layered like most other cultures of the World. The Kings and royal families were at the very top of the class structure. Kings were generally placed and chosen by birth, as…

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Hugr – The Nordic Concept of the Spirit or Soul

The Hugr is part of the Norse concept of the self. Most people, regardless of their religious beliefs, have a concept of the self in terms of it having three components: The Body, The Mind, and The Soul or Spirit. The Old Norse and Germanic folk had a similar concept of the self: the Body or the Líkami, the Mind or Will  or the Munr and what can be best described as their very being called the Hugr. (often called memory), which is much like a Soul or Spirit,   Hugr is an Old…

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