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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The Nine Noble Virtues – Life Codes to Live by

The Nine Noble Virtues are a set of moral and ethical guidelines based on virtues found in historical Norse paganism. The Nine Noble Virtues were gathered from various sources including the Poetic Edda, especially the Hávamál, the Sigrdrífumál, and in the Icelandic Sagas. The Nine Noble Virtues are: Courage (Valiance) Truth (Sincerity) Honor Fidelity Discipline Hospitality Self Reliance Industriousness (Diligence) Perseverance The Nine Noble Virtues explained: Virtue 1 – Courage (Valiance) Courage is the ability of someone to do something even though frightens them or when they are scared.  To do something that you know is difficult or…

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Criminal Profiling, the Vikings did it first

The Vikings earned a reputation as highly aggressive raiders who ravished Europe in the Early Middle Ages. But how were these highly aggressive men controlled when they returned to their homelands? A researcher from the University of Aberdeen suggests this was a problem that Viking societies themselves were deeply concerned about. So much so that they took on the role of early criminal profilers that drafted descriptions of the most likely trouble-makers. Dr Tarrin Wills from the Center for Scandinavian Studies has examined early Icelandic literature and discovered that its authors pinpointed…

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The Vikings

Awaken the Viking Legend Inside You! Learn the History and Culture of the Norse! From early Nordic Stone Age civilizations that began the Ax Culture to the Age of Viking Expansion. The story of the Norse is a Viking adventure in history. The history and evolution of the Vikings began when the first ancient Nordic tribes made their first stone battle axes. A complex Norse society and culture evolved that groomed legendary warriors whose voices still roar out today. Take a journey into the Age of Viking Expansion where Ragnar Lothbrok, Rollo,…

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The Ax, to a Viking, is more than just a weapon

The ax is probably the most characteristic weapon of the Vikings. One cannot think of the Vikings without thinking about their vicious axes. The Norse people evolved into an ax culture during their Stone Age period.  A period of time known as the Nordic Stone Age. The Viking Age is neither the beginning of the Norse people nor the start of their culture. The roots of the Norse go all the way back to the Megalithic and Neolithic Eras of the Stone Age. The Stone Age for the Norse was…

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is a fossilized Viking Turd.

This fossilized Viking Turd is one of the biggest pieces of ancient human sh*t ever found. Scientists determined that the creator of this hefty specimen was a Viking that lived around the 9th century AD, during the Viking Age. (Read: The Vikings by Njord Kane for more info about the Viking Age.) The fossilized Viking turd is called the Lloyds Bank coprolite.  It is a large paleofeces, or desiccated human dung specimen that was recovered by archaeologists excavating the Viking settlement of Jórvík (now York) in the UK.  The Lloyds Bank Coprolite (fossilised…

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