Choosing Heaven: The Religion of the Vikings

The Viking-age gods stemmed from two races – Aesir and Vanir.

A Quick Guide to Norse Gods

The Norse pantheon includes some very interesting characters. This is a little guide to get you started about learning who these gods and goddesses were.

Trolls in the Middle Ages

Where did trolls come from? What did medieval and early modern people think of trolls? How did the concept of the modern day troll evolve?

Winter, snow and cold in the life of the Westviking

The main purpose of this paper is to examine how the Westviking were influenced by winter, snow and cold in their day-to-day life as they were making progress in the West.

Norse Elements in the work of J.R.R. Tolkien

The books of J.R.R. Tolkien contain multiple Characters, Places and Plots that remind the reader of Old Norse Poetry. This essay gives a short and incomplete overview on the most obvious elements.

Norsemen And Vikings: The Culture That Inspired Decades Of Fear

Thoughts of these monstrous men link themselves with words such as bloodlust, raids, and conqueror. Which leaves one to ponder why these men have come to be forever linked with such carnage, surely they must have had some redeeming qualities?

Bárðar saga as a source for reconstruction of pre-Christian religion?

Paper by Eldar Heide given at the second meeting of the Old Norse Folklorist Network

Þur sarriþu þursa trutin: Monster-Fighting and Medicine in Early Medieval Scandinavia

This paper seeks evidence among our extensive Scandinavian mythological texts for an area which they seldom discuss explicitly: the conceptualisation and handling of illness and healing.

Norse Religion and Ritual Sites in Scandinavia in the 6th – 11th century

Today we have increasing opportunities for archaeological identification of the pre-Christian rites in the various accounts given by the written sources.

Can you solve Odin’s Riddles?

Here are 14 riddles that the Norse god Odin says to King Heidrek. Can you solve them?

Houses and domestic life in the Viking Age and medieval period

This thesis examines the representations of houses as physical structures in the Íslendingasögur with specific emphasis on the material aspect of housing culture in the Viking Age and medieval period, as well as the interactions between material culture and text.

Holy Islands and the Otherworld: Places Beyond Water

In this article I attempt to demonstrate that there is a connection between holy islands and notions of an Otherworld beyond water. I believe that the essence of holy islands is their location on the other side of water.

Ancient Viking Art

These skilled warriors and seamen had a unique art. Probably the best known artifices of them are the tombstones with engraved drawings; most of them preserve writings with rune scripts and therefore they are called runastones.

Amending the Ascetic: Community and Character in the Old English Life of St. Mary of Egypt

Among the most eligible saints for such treatment, Mary of Egypt deserves particular consideration: her popularity is evidenced by over a hundred extant Greek manuscripts of her Life and her uniquely prominent position in the Lenten liturgical cycle in the Eastern Church.

Greenland Norse Knowledge of the North Atlantic

What did the Norse know about climate, and what was the role of driftwood in their lives?

Yggdrasill and the divine ‘food chain’

One of the better-known images Old Norse mythology has passed down to us is, without a doubt, that of the ash Yggdrasill: the holy place of the gods. There, as High said to Gangleri, each day the Nordic deities held their courts.

Of Fire and Water: The Old Norse Mythical Worldview in an Eco-Mythological Perspective

How do the actions of the gods in these narratives express man’s mythical notions of his relationship with the land and sea in the Scandinavian and North Atlantic ecosystems?

Creation and Food in Old Norse Mythology

Not surprisingly, as we can ascertain by reading the Bible and many other religious and mythological texts of the past, also in Norse beliefs food and fecundity were central elements in the origin of all things

Viking-Age Queens and the Formation of Identity

One may ask, then, not why there exists such a paucity of these women in the written record, but why any are mentioned at all, and for what purposes?

How Nordic are the old Nordic Laws?

Medieval legislation plays a peculiar and very important role in Nordic legal history.

Which Norse God Are You?

Thor and his fellow Norse Gods are surrounded by a rich, ancient mythology. Which medieval Norse Deity are you most like?

The effects of Viking activity on Scandinavian society

Three ways in which Viking raids and conquests in western Europe affected Scandinavian society are discussed

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