Björn Ironside Ragnarsson

Björn Ironside Ragnarsson was a legendary viking that became the king of Sweden and founded the Munsö dynasty as its first ruler during the 9th century. Björn Ironside was the son of Ragnar “Lothbrok” Sigurdsson and Queen Aslaug (Kráka) Sigurdsdatter of the royal Völsung clan.  In the television series, ‘The Vikings,’ he is portrayed as being the son of the shieldmaiden Lagertha, but this is incorrect. Through his parents, Ragnar and Aslaug, Björn’s brothers are: Ivar the Boneless, Hvitserk (“White-Shirt”), Ragnvald, and Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, along with half-brothers Fridleif, Eric, and Agnar. He is known in Old Norse as Bjǫrn Járnsíða Ragnarsson,…

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Valheim Hof in Denmark, dedicated to Odin and the gods

A new temple dedicated to the Norse god Odin and other gods has opened in Denmark. Is it the first Odin’s temple since the Christianization of Scandinavia, which took place between the 8th and the 12th centuries.  The year 1188 AD marks the triumph of Christianity in Denmark with the canonization of St. Canute (Sankt Knud), the patron saint of Denmark.  Since then, the old ways native to the Danish folk was suppressed for centuries.  Finally, as the old ways become re-embraced into Danish culture, a temple rises to hail the way. It is…

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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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