A Visit to Northumbria, Ragnar’s last dance

“A Visit to Northumbria, Ragnar’s last dance” by Njord Kane ‘Twas the night before execution, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a beard louse; The mockings were flung by King Ælla with flare, In hopes that Northumbria would never despair; The children were pissed with revenge in their heads; With visions of a Heathen Army ripping England to shreds; And Aslaug’s son heard about his Pap’, He took his knife and cut a nasty gap, When out on the lawn, Bjorn made such a…

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The Shieldmaiden Lagertha

The story of Lagertha begins when she met Ragnar Sigurdsson. He wasn’t Ragnar Lodbrok (Loðbrók) yet until he betrothed Thora Town-Hart after leaving Lagertha. <Story Here> Lagertha met Ragnar, who was in a battle while avenging his grandfather’s death, King Siward. King Frø of Sweden invaded Norway and killed the Norwegian King Siward. To add insult to injury for public humiliation, King Frø ordered that the surviving women of King Siward’s family be put into a brothel. When Ragnar Sigurdsson (Lodbrok) heard about King Frø’s invasion of Norway, he came with an army to avenge the death…

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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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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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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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Hoard of Viking silver brings English King out of obscurity.

A ‘significant’ treasure trove of 186 Viking coins, ingots and jewelry was uncovered by amateur treasure-hunter James Mather, in a farmer’s field near Watlington, Oxfordshire, in October 2015. The Watlington Hoard, as it is now called, is a collection of silver bands, ingots, and 186 coins that is now unveiled at the British Museum. The find has shed some light on the period of Anglo Saxon history when King Alfred the Great of Wessex defeated the Viking Danes and then went on to banish his one-time ally, King Ceolwulf II of Mercia, from history. The…

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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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