Tag: Norse

The Curse of Beowulf?

The ITV series “Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands” was recently canceled due to low ratings after only one season with 11 episodes (ITV originally announced plans for at least 5 seasons). It thus became the latest in a line of

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History renews “Vikings” for 5th season

Not unexpected given the viewer success, then History Channel has renewed “Vikings” for 5th season. This then also gives Michael Hirst and the rest of the production team a chance to redeem themselves after the historical mess they’ve blundering ever

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8 locations with lasting Viking footprint

The travel site Trivago has named the following Top-8 Viking Age locations to visit for their lasting Viking footprint: Jorvik Viking Center, York, England Lofotr Vikingemuseum, Lofoten, Norway Ribe Vikingecenter, Ribe, Denmark Waterford Viking Triangle, Waterford, Ireland Birka, Björkö, Sweden

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Hákonarmál – Selection read aloud

The last two chapters of the Skaldic poem, Hákonarmál… read aloud. Close your eyes and a Viking is speaking to you! English translation: Unbound towards the home of men will Fenrisulfr fare before we will see a king as great

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Role of Bow and Arrow in Viking Age

When the Norse of the Viking Age are shown, then these Vikings typically wield sword, axes, spears and shields. Images of Vikings holding bows are few and far between – and why is that? Archery gives some clear advantages in

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Traces of Old Norse in the English Language

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It’s not only in places names in for instance France and England, or in the days of the week names (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Freday) – that Old Norse has left its mark. Also in common everyday words there are traces.

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“The Last Kingdom” TV Series Trailer

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Lesser Known Icelandic Sagas

Interesting blog article by Medievalists.net, naming and briefly describing 10 lesser known Icelandic sagas. Read the full article which includes links to many of English translations of the texts via the Read More link below. The article covers the following

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Rare Viking Age grave found at Odense

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Danish archaeologists have found a stone sarcophagus at the Albani Church in the city of Odense, on the island of Funen, Denmark. It is at the location where it is believed the Danish king Knud IV (Canute) – also known

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Birka Excavations Undercover Viking Age Dragon’s Head

The town of Birka in Sweden was for a long time during the Viking Age one of the key centers of trade and commerce. It is also known for an 1870 discovery of a casting mould for a needle pin

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