Intriguingly, there are more than a few connections between the Norse and Indo-Vedic pantheons. What follows below 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 Icelandic Saga of Hervör and Heidrek (Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks) describes the war between the Goths and the Huns that plausibly took place in the Gothic realm of Aujum near the Black Sea. The conflict included not only warriors and mounted archers, but also Haliurunnae who were Proto-Norse conjurers of Vanir rune magic and seiðr (seidr) on the Gothic side, and shamanic sorcerers and fortune-tellers known as qam (“noble warrior priests”) on the side of the attacking Hun confederation… READ MORE »
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 »
June 17, 2020 — The European summer solstice is soon upon us, and in particular, the “Swedish Midsommar” — which neither Amajarl nor Seidrsunna can stop talking about right now — is a festivity that has been celebrated in northwestern Europe since time immemorial… READ MORE »
May 2, 2020 — How did the Vikings have the fitness to fight when they drank a lot and ate plenty of meat? Well, to start with, they only drank mead and ale, and maybe wine if they went far enough south to get any. They didn’t have distillation… READ MORE »
March 2, 2020 — Viking raiding was more often than not a part-time occupation. The Orkneyinga saga (included in the Icelandic Flateyjarbók) describes the habits of one Norse gentleman by the name of Sveinn Ásleifarson. In the spring, he oversaw the planting of grain on his farm at Gáreksey (today a small island in Orkney, Scotland with the modern name Gairsay.) When the farming preparation was completed, he went off raiding in the Hebrides and Ireland, but he was back to his home on Gáreksey to take in the hay and the grain by mid-summer… READ MORE »
January 15, 2020 — The birth of Europe was anything but a smooth and effortless process. The region known as Europe today has been reshaped several times by centuries of wars, raids, and the falls and rises of petty kingdoms and vast empires alike. The most destructive, intense, and violent events that eventually led to the formation of modern-day Europe — even dwarfing the brutal onslaught of the sub-sequent Viking Age — occurred in a period roughly spanning four hundred years, from around 200-600s CE. READ MORE »
December 15, 2019 — The midwinter festivities of ancient Europe are often called Yule or Yuletide. Ritual celebrations were important and essential components in old times, especially in the Norse cultures because of the long dark winters in Scandinavia and Finland. The Norsemen held great feasts to venerate their ancestors, swear oaths, for fertility, and to celebrate seasonal shifts in nature.
Towards the end of the year, Vikings in western Scandinavia (and Varangians in the east) welcomed the new year through great feasting. These Yuletide celebrations hailed from a distant past, perhaps further back than the Bronze Age, and had thus been a recurring tradition since long before the Viking Age… READ MORE »
December 2, 2019 — If someone asked whether you’d ever seen a four-horned goat, you’d be forgiven for initially thinking it was the start of a joke. Few breeds are actually polycerate, a word used to describe sheep and goat mammals that can grow more than two horns (those who do often have their additional horns removed for commercial or safety purposes.) The rare Manx Loaghtan is different, because having four horns is actually one of its accepted characteristics, and the term rare isn’t simply a subjective designation. In fact, The Rare Breeds Survival Trust of the United Kingdom classifies the Manx Loaghtan as an at-risk breed, since there are fewer than 1,500 breeding females registered in the whole of Britain, spread across the Isle of Man, the Isle of Ramsey, and a few other nearby islands. READ MORE »
November 16, 2019 — Included on Draugablíkk’s recently released EP, the song “To Særkland and Back Again” is inspired by real events that took place in the Eastern lands of Særkland in the Viking Age. Historical sources describe how Varangian Rus’ (eastern Vikings) met betrayal, massacre, and death on the Caspian Sea — at the hands of the Khazars. But, who were they, these little-known Khazars? READ MORE »
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