Thor goes fishing

The story of Thor’s fishing trip is a well known and popular story in Norse literature and art. Reference to the story appears in both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, as well as other poems, manuscript illustrations, and various rune stone carvings. In the poem Hymiskviða, the Æsir gods had been hunting and after they ate their prey, they had an urge to drink. The gods decided that they would need to find suitable cauldrons and brew their ale at the sea jötunn, Ægir’s home. Ægir is a sea jötunn associated with the…

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Glíma, the Martial Arts System used by the Vikings

Viking warriors had the skills to survive against various forms of warfare and combat. The reason for the Vikings fighting prowess is found in the way they trained both with and without weapons. For combat without weapons, the Norse had developed a martial arts system called Glima. To be a good fighter and survive the unpredictability of combat, a warrior must know how to defend themselves unarmed against an armed opponent. The Norse developed Glima, which is a self-defense system that employs throws, blows, kicks, chokes, locks, pain techniques and some weapon techniques. It is comparable…

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