Björn Ironside Ragnarsson

Björn Ironside Ragnarsson was a legendary viking that became the king of Sweden and founded the Munsö dynasty as its first ruler during the 9th century. Björn Ironside was the son of Ragnar “Lothbrok” Sigurdsson and Queen Aslaug (Kráka) Sigurdsdatter of the royal Völsung clan.  In the television series, ‘The Vikings,’ he is portrayed as being the son of the shieldmaiden Lagertha, but this is incorrect. Through his parents, Ragnar and Aslaug, Björn’s brothers are: Ivar the Boneless, Hvitserk (“White-Shirt”), Ragnvald, and Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, along with half-brothers Fridleif, Eric, and Agnar. He is known in Old Norse as Bjǫrn Járnsíða Ragnarsson,…

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Valheim Hof in Denmark, dedicated to Odin and the gods

A new temple dedicated to the Norse god Odin and other gods has opened in Denmark. Is it the first Odin’s temple since the Christianization of Scandinavia, which took place between the 8th and the 12th centuries.  The year 1188 AD marks the triumph of Christianity in Denmark with the canonization of St. Canute (Sankt Knud), the patron saint of Denmark.  Since then, the old ways native to the Danish folk was suppressed for centuries.  Finally, as the old ways become re-embraced into Danish culture, a temple rises to hail the way. It is…

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Denmark village shows what life was like for Vikings 1000 years ago

At the Ribe VikingeCenter in Denmark, located just 2 km south of Ribe, you can travel back 1000 years in time and experience what life was like for the Vikings. At the VikingeCenter entrance you get a glimpse of what’s inside when you’re greeted by the three Norns whom hold your destiny. The Norns spin your thread of life and know everything about your past, present and future. Admission to the Ribe VikingeCenter starts through the center’s gift shop, which is located in the barn of the Manor Farm. This is where you buy your ticket and receive up-to-date information. The gift shop offers a wide range…

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