Gaelic-Irish vs Norse-Gaels in The Battle of Clontarf

The Battle of Clontarf was a battle which took place in 1014 AD at Clontarf on the coast of Ireland between the forces of the High King of Ireland and a Norse-Irish alliance. When the Viking Age began, Norsemen began carrying out raids on the Gaelic Irish in the late eighth century.  These raids continued over the following decades and the Vikings had founded a number of settlements along the Irish coast.  By 838 AD, these Vikings had firmly established themselves in Dublin when they built a fortified longphort. A longphort (plural longphuirt) is a term…

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A Bizarre Viking Death: Killed by a bite from a severed head

Jarl Sigurd the Mighty, Viking ruler of Orkney, cut off an enemy’s head and hung it as a trophy from his horse’s saddle. Unfortunately, while riding, Sigurd grazed his leg on the severed head’s teeth and died from the resulting infection. Sigurd Eysteinsson, also known as Sigurd the Mighty, was the second Viking Jarl of Orkney and ruled from 875 to 892 AD. He was a leader in the Viking conquest of what is now northern Scotland. This was when the Viking presence in Scotland began to increase in the 830’s AD.…

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