The Hidden Hollow gets an awesome trailer! The Rise in Viking Themed Fiction

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The Hidden Hollow, a Norse-themed historical fiction-fantasy, will be released this coming September and Spangenhelm Publishing just released an awesome trailer to promote it. In the trailer we see footage of someone running through Scandinavian forests, Viking warriors marching to battle, longships sailing through fjords, and what appears to be a huldra from Norse folklore hiding behind a tree. These are just some of the many things featured in The Hidden Hollow. With risk of further spoilers, it’s also revealed that it features some drama behind a vengeful draug – Vikings just won’t stay dead! Sadly, not many spoilers appear…

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Naglfar, the Giant(‘s) Ship of Nails

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It was foretold that during the events of Ragnarök, a massive ship called Naglfar will carry an army of jötnar to a large field called Vígríðr to host a battle between the forces of the gods and the forces of Surtr (a jötunn). Naglfar (also Óskópnir or Naglfari), means “nail ship” in Old Norse. It is a massive ship which was foretold that will ferry hordes to do battle with the gods – and it is not held together by timber and iron nails, but by finger and toe nails! Yo-ho-yuck is right!   It’s a ship made entirely from the…

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Thor goes fishing

The story of Thor’s fishing trip is a well known and popular story in Norse literature and art. Reference to the story appears in both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, as well as other poems, manuscript illustrations, and various rune stone carvings. In the poem Hymiskviða, the Æsir gods had been hunting and after they ate their prey, they had an urge to drink. The gods decided that they would need to find suitable cauldrons and brew their ale at the sea jötunn, Ægir’s home. Ægir is a sea jötunn associated with the…

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The Boy Who Had an Eating Match with a Troll

The Boy Who Had an Eating Match with a Troll (Norwegian: Askeladden som kappåt med trollet) is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe. Once on a time there was a farmer who had three sons; his means were small, and he was old and weak, and his sons would take to nothing. A fine large wood belonged to the farm, and one day the father told his sons to go and hew wood, and try to pay off some of his debts. Well, after…

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Did you know “Jack and Jill” comes from a Scandinavian Folktale?

Did you know that the popular and well known nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill” comes from a Scandinavian Folktale written in the Prose Edda? The Scandinavian version of the rhyme tells the story of two Norse children who were sent to pull up song-mead from Mimir’s Well. On their way back home, the two children and their bucket full of song-mead were carried off by the moon god. In chapter 11 of the 13th-century Prose Edda Gylfaginning, written by Icelandic historian Snorri Sturluson, tells of Hjúki and Bil, brother and sister…

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Is Bigfoot a Troll from Norse Folklore?

Is Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, the same mythical creature known as a Troll in Norse folklore? It is generally thought Bigfoot is a yet to be discovered man/ape hominid that is wandering the forests of North America. There are Bigfoot sightings reported from the Appalachian Mountains to the Rocky Mountains and in the forests in between. Can a hominid exist everywhere on the continent without ever once being caught? I submit this is not credible. We are not dealing with an animal enigma. Either this is all a hoax inspiring more hoaxes and…

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Tales from the Norse – Tom Totherhouse

Once on a time there was a Goody who had a deaf husband. A good easy man he was, but that was just why she thought more of the lad next door, whom they called “Tom Totherhouse.” Now the lad that served the deaf man saw very well that the two had something between them, and one day he said to the Goody,— A Goody or Goodwife is usually a married woman of lowly station. “Dare you wager ten dollars, mother, that I don’t make you lay bare your own…

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Huldra, Folklore’s Lady in the Forest

A huldra is a dangerous seductive forest creature found in Scandinavian folklore. She is a member of a family of a very ancient beings that inhabit the forest, but remain hidden from humankind. In Scandinavian folklore, the huldra (Norwegian, derived from a root meaning “covered,” “hidden,” or “secret”) is a very elusive and seductive creature of the forest. The huld-rå being is a rå, which is a keeper or warden of a particular location or landform. The different species of rå are sometimes distinguished according to the different spheres of nature with which they…

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The Serpent Dragon Fafnir

The Völsunga saga tells of the legendary hero Sigurd and of his slaying of the dragon Fafnir. Fafnir was a dwarven prince that was cursed into becoming a dragon by Andvari’s stolen gold and magical ring. Read about: The Curse of Andvari’s Stolen Gold and Magical Ring The Völsunga saga tell us that the Æsir gods Odin, Loki, and Hœnir, were out traveling and came across Ótr (otter), who was shape-shifted as an otter. Ótr was the son of Hreidmar, King of the Dwarves. Loki killed the otter (which was Ótr shape-shifted as an otter) with a stone and then the three Æsir, Odin, Loki, and…

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The Curse of Andvari’s Stolen Gold and Magical Ring. My Precious!

The Völsunga saga tells of the legendary hero Sigurd and of his slaying of the dragon Fafnir. Fafnir was a dwarven prince that was cursed into becoming a dragon from Andvari’s stolen gold and magical ring. Andvari, meaning”careful one” in Old Norse, is a dwarf who lives underneath a waterfall and has the power to change himself into a fish at will. Andvari had a treasure of gold and a magical ring named Andvaranaut. It is said, his magic ring helped him become wealthy. The Völsunga saga tells us: Loki used a net provided by the Norse goddess Rán, to catch…

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