Posts by Amajarl

Bear in Mind

Norse Lore: Polar Bears, Yuletide, and Berserker Rituals in the Sagas

December 3, 2021 — Bears were deeply revered in the Viking Age, a tradition hailing from pre-historic animism and warrior-hunter initiation rituals of ancient Scandinavia and Finland — the Greeks called these mysterious lands in the far north “Thule”. Historical sources point to a thriving bear cult attested by the many berserker (Old Norse: “berserkr”) poems in Snorri’s Icelandic literature.

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May Norse myth
be ever in your favor

August 21, 2021 — Ǫndskuggi’ from last year’s Draugablíkk album Verjaseiðr is one of the reasons why we do this, folks. Learn the Lore »

Kingdom Gone

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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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.” Learn the Lore »

Is There Truth in Norse Numbers?

February 7, 2021 — In Norse myth, nine can be worked out by multiplying three times three, which is highly significant. Odin — who sacrificed himself, to himself — hung on the tree of life, Yggdrasill, for nine days and nights until the secret of the runes were revealed to him. Learn the Lore »

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. Learn the Lore »

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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