Hardangerfjord and the Columbia River Gorge

I have always liked the Columbia River Gorge area. It’s an area which reminds me of Hardangerfjord in Norway. The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States bordering Oregon and Washington. Now, there are no real comparisons to the fjords of Norway (best place on Earth). But the Columbia River Gorge is the closest I have ever found in the United States. The deep cold waters and the scenery are nearly the same in these two areas. They are also both well known…

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When does ‘The Last Kingdom’ season 2 start in Netflix?

When does ‘The Last Kingdom’ season 2 start somewhere I can actually watch!? The epic historical drama, dubbed “the real Game of Thrones”, is currently airing on Thursdays at 9pm on BBC Two. However, that’s a station most American subscribers do not get. Not to mention, most watch it on Netflix anyways. So when does ‘The Last Kingdom Season Two’ start for those of us who do not get BBC2? Netflix has joined forces with the BBC to co-produce the second season and will release season two in the US on May 5, 2017….

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The largest witch trial in Swedish history

The Torsåker Witch Trials were the largest of all the witch trials in Swedish history. It is also one of the largest mass killings of witches in recorded history.  In total, there were 71 people accused and killed as being witches. A total of 6 men and 65 women. More profoundly, it was roughly a fifth of all women in the region who were beheaded and burned in a single frenzied day. The frenzied witch trials took place in Torsåker, a village located in central Sweden from 1674 – 1675 AD. Unfortunately,…

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Mead helps…

“You see it’s like this: a herd of aurochs can only move as fast as the slowest auroch. When the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest aurochs in the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive…

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The Iron Age Village in Denmark is being torn down in 2017!

The Iron Age Village in Denmark is being torn down in 2017! The Iron Age Village (Jernalderlandsbyen) is a reconstructed ancient environment built according to findings from archaeological excavations. This living museum of a village during the Iron Age is located in Denmark on the island of Funen, the same place the famous author Hans Christian Andersen was born. Hans Christian Andersen (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author (“The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Nightingale”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “Thumbelina”, and many more). The…

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Leif Erikson Day is every October 9th

Leif Erikson Day

Happy Leif Erikson Day! But who was Leif Erikson and why does he have a national day of observance? Leif Erikson Day is an annual American observance which occurs on October 9. It honors Leif Erikson, the Norse explorer who led the first Europeans believed to have set foot in North America. Leif Erikson (Icelandic: Leifur Eiríksson, Old Norse: Leifr Eiríksson or Norwegian: Leiv Eiriksson) The date ‘October 9’ is not associated with any particular event in Leif Erikson’s life. The date was chosen because the ship named ‘Restauration’ coming from Stavanger,…

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The Viking Stone Age

The Viking Stone Age Birth of the Ax Culture by Njord Kane The Story of the Vikings during the early Nordic Stone Age time period. The first ancient Norsemen. A span of some thousands of years concisely covering the evolution the Stone Age Norse people. A whole new world of understanding about the ancient Vikings has been opened up by new archaeological discoveries and studies. This was the birth of the Viking Battle Axe Culture, so well known during the Viking Age of Norse Expansionism. The evolving culture of the primitive…

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A Visit to Northumbria, Ragnar’s last dance

“A Visit to Northumbria, Ragnar’s last dance” by Njord Kane ‘Twas the night before execution, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a beard louse; The mockings were flung by King Ælla with flare, In hopes that Northumbria would never despair; The children were pissed with revenge in their heads; With visions of a Heathen Army ripping England to shreds; And Aslaug’s son heard about his Pap’, He took his knife and cut a nasty gap, When out on the lawn, Bjorn made such a…

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Two Wounded Viking Warriors…

  Two Viking warriors, both seriously injured from a battle occupied the same tent. One man, wounded by a spear to his chest, was allowed to sit up in his bedding for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bedding was next to the tent’s only opening. The other wounded man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their farms, their battles, where they had…

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