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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How the Norse named their Children, the Rite of Ausa Vatni and Nafnfesti

When a child was born, there was a great deal of ceremony conducted by the Norse in claiming and naming their children. Prior to the Christianization of the Norse, the traditional religion of the Norse people was firmly in place. The Norse religion wasn’t just a form of worship, it was a part of their culture and way of life. A belief system that was so deeply rooted that it made the concept of the original sin and other Christian beliefs just too hard for the Norse people to understand…

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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 never had Horns on their Helms

One of the most common stereotypes associated with “Vikings” is that they wore horned helms. The other most common misconception is calling them “Vikings,” but that is another argument. Viking was something they did, not who they were.  They were the Norse and went viking. Norse helms never had horns on them. Contrary to the popular belief that Vikings wore horned helmets, there is no evidence that this ever happened. The horned and winged helmets were an invention of 19th century art and theater. If you think about it, as cool as a…

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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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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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Stone Age Norse gave you the ability to digest Cow’s Milk.

It was during the time of the Nordic Stone Age that a prevalence of a gene that allowed adults of Northern European descent to digest lactose originated. This gene then spread to other cultures to become virtually universal. This was a genetic variant that was either rare or completely absent in early farmers from Central and Southern Europe. Lactase is an enzyme produced in the digestive system of infants and some (mostly European) adult humans to break down lactose. The lactase enzyme is essential in the digestion of whole milk.…

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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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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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