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

New study to look at Norse farming on the Orkney Isles

A year-long study will begin this fall that will look look at herding economies in the Orkney Isles from the 8th to the 15th century AD.

Seals and Sea Ice in Medieval Greenland

With a view to placing such developments in the context of changes in the past, the focus of this paper is an interdisciplinary study of the interaction of different seal species in Arctic/North Atlantic regions with sea ice, and, more specifically, the implications for the Norse settlements in Greenland in medieval times.

Norse cultural reaction to climate change during the little ice age and their societal collapse in Greenland

This study aims to understand the adaptations of the Norse Greenlanders to climate change in their new home.

Bjarmaland and interaction in the North of Europe from the Viking Age until the Early Middle Ages

This article intends to look at interaction in the very north of early medi- eval Europe with Bjarmaland as a starting point. After a short introduction to sources and historiography about Bjarmaland, the main content of the sources will be shortly discussed in order to establish what kind of informa- tion the written sources have to offer.

Towards a first chronology for the middle settlement of Norse Greenland

The so-called Middle Settlement (Mellembygden) of Norse/Viking Greenland has received far less attention than either of its larger Eastern and Western counterparts.

New Books on the Vikings

Want to know more about the Vikings? Here are five books that talk about the Norsemen, including their combs and their language.

Arctic encounters between Norse and Natives

Contact between the Norse and Native peoples in Canada’s Arctic was more extensive and earlier than first believed, according to recent archaeological evidence.

In quest for the lost gamers: An investigation of board gaming in Scania, during the Iron and Middle Ages

The games we play today are of course not entirely the same as those played a thousand years ago,

Christian Prayers and Invocations in Scandinavian Runic Inscriptions from the Viking Age and Middle Ages

Many runic inscriptions from the Viking Age and Middle Ages are directly related to Christian culture — they originate from a period during which Christianity was introduced and gradually institutionalized.

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