Muslim Vikings? Northmen in the Islamic World.

There are many documented encounters between the Muslim World and the Viking World. Although recent events has left many Scandinavians with mixed feelings about their relationship with the Islamic world; the relationship between the Nordic world and the Islamic world goes way back further than most would expect. Far enough back that their histories are actually intermingled with one another. In March of 2015, news regarding the discovery of a ring found on a Viking woman in an ancient burial ground with the inscription ‘For/To Allah’ erupted in mainstream media everywhere. The ring itself wasn’t a new…

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The Curse of Andvari’s Stolen Gold and Magical Ring. My Precious!

The Völsunga saga tells of the legendary hero Sigurd and of his slaying of the dragon Fafnir. Fafnir was a dwarven prince that was cursed into becoming a dragon from Andvari’s stolen gold and magical ring. Andvari, meaning”careful one” in Old Norse, is a dwarf who lives underneath a waterfall and has the power to change himself into a fish at will. Andvari had a treasure of gold and a magical ring named Andvaranaut. It is said, his magic ring helped him become wealthy. The Völsunga saga tells us: Loki used a net provided by the Norse goddess Rán, to catch…

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