The Legendary Viking Heroine Blenda

Blenda is the heroine of a Swedish legend that led the rural women of Värend in an attack on a pillaging Danish army and annihilated the invaders. According to the legend, King Alle of the Geats had led the Geats in an attack against Norway. King Alle mustered not only the West Geats, but also the South Geats (or Riding Geats) of Småland.  The king had mustered so many men had left for Norway that the region was virtually defenseless. When the Danes (probably King Harald Wartooth) learned of Småland’s precarious situation, they took advantage of…

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Ásatrú Scouting and Guiding

Ásatrúar Scouting and Guiding is composed of multiple small non-aligned Scouting associations, open to both boys and girls at various ages of Ásatrú/Odinist groupings. Several organizations exist, among them “Scout Forn Siðr” in Stavanger, Norway and Malmö, Sweden, as well as a few prospective members in the United Kingdom and Poland, named for Forn Siðr (“Old Northern Tradition” in Old Norse) and the Young Vikings Club in the United States, a separate organization despite the Boy Scouts of America accepting Ásatrú units, e.g. Troop 1239, accepted into the BSA Great…

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