Viking Legends – Gunnar the Hero

Gunnar Hámundarson was a 10th century Icelandic chieftain. Gunnar, also known as Gunnar of Hlíðarendi (Old Norse: Gunnarr á Hlíðarenda), lived in Hlíðarendi in Fljótshlíð, a southern region in Iceland, and is featured prominently in the first half of Njáls Saga, an Icelandic sagas which tells of many blood feuds and the chain of events ultimately leading to his death in battle. Gunnar was the son of Hámundr Gunnarsson and Rannveig Sigfúsdóttur (according to Njáls Saga) or Rannveig Sigmundardóttur (according to Landnáma). He had two brothers, Kolskeggr and Hjörtr, and one sister named…

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The Shield used by the Vikings

There is Skaldic poetry that is specifically dedicated to the Norse shield. They are known as the “shield poems.” The shield was as much a part of Norse culture as was the ax. It was well developed and one of the best shields made. The Viking shield was very different from that of the shields used around the World. The shields were made from wood with a metal center and were colorfully painted. Upon first glance, there doesn’t seem to anything special about these shields but you’d be very wrong…

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Giants once walked the Earth and your own DNA can prove it.

There may be some truth to the old legends of giants in just about every culture in the World. The Norse (Vikings) called giants, “jötnar” pronounced “yoot-nar” (singular: jotunn or jotun). They are also known to the Norse as the þursar (singular þurs, pronounced “thurs”), which are a race of giants that live in a place the Norse call Jötunheimr. Jötunheimr literally translates from Old Norse as “Giant Home.” There was also referencing to Utgard (Old Norse Útgarðr) in Norse Mythology as being the home of giants.  There is much…

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