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Posts by Amajarl

Kingdom No More

What happens over time if a kingdom — or an empire — loses its warriors while it becomes overly civilized, too wealthy, and so proud it loses common sense only to replace it with arrogance?

July 15, 2021 — From the time of the Huns to around the 700s AD, European warriors of Frankland (modern Germany and France combined, roughly speaking), Anglo-Saxon England, the Nordic countries, and elsewhere typically wielded two-edged straight, flat “Spatha” swords.

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Midsommarblót?

Apart from the winter holiday, midsummer’s eve is the biggest festivity in Sweden as every man, woman and child celebrate the longest day of the year. Midsummer’s eve occurs on June 21-25.

June 25, 2021 — Academia tend to push the theory Swedish Midsummer celebrations developed in Germany in the Middle Ages — and that Midsummer comes from a Christian holiday for John the Baptist that originally took place on June 24.

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Heathen “Summerblót” and Victory Feasts

June 20, 2021 — The Ynglinga saga indicates one of the great blóts (festivals) of the Viking Age (and earlier times) was in summer. The Old Norse text reads: “at sumri, þat var sigrblót” which roughly translates to “in summer, there was victory.” Read More >


Is There Truth in Norse Numbers?

February 7, 2021 — In Norse myth, the number 9, which can be inferred by multiplying three times three, is highly significant. An example is how Óðinn — who sacrificed himself, to himself — hung on the tree of life, Yggdrasill, for 9 days and nights until the secret of the runes was revealed to him. Read More >


Yuletide: Jólnir, Jólfaðr, and Oskoreia: The Wild Hunt of the Ásgardians

December 21, 2020 — The winter solstice is upon us, and in this year of 2020, it occurred today — on the 21st of December at 11:02 CET.

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Álfablót — The Forgotten Rite of Ancestor Worship

October 30, 2020 — We have been asleep. That is how it happened. When they slaughtered our neighbors, we did not wake up. Read More >


Remembering the Raven

October 18, 2020 — “Hey,” I said. “Huginn or Muninn, or whoever you are.” The birds turned, suspiciously, and stared at me with bright eyes.

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Jǫtnar and Other Large Beings of Norse Mythology

August 28, 2020 — The Jǫtnar of Norse myth is often described as exceedingly beautiful, not necessarily as large giants.

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Norse Gods and Vedic Deities

July 6, 2020 — What follows is a short article presenting connections between the Norse god of thunder Thor (Þórr in Old Norse) and Indra, the Vedic cognate of lighting and storm. Read More >


The Battle of Brávellir

June 20, 2020 — The legendary Battle of Brávellir took place somewhere in the southeast of Sweden in the 600s or 700s CE. Remarkably, the battle was one of honor and wasn’t based on aggression. For what reason then? Read More >


HERMÓÐR AND SLEIPNIR DELIVER COURAGEOUS NEWS FROM THE FAR REACHES OF ÁSALAND. INSCRIBE YOURSELF TO STAY IN TOUCH.




HERMÓÐR AND SLEIPNIR DELIVER COURAGEOUS NEWS FROM THE FAR REACHES OF ÁSALAND. INSCRIBE YOURSELF TO STAY IN TOUCH.