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asatru-ingwaz:



The Cuerdale hoard
Found at Cuerdale, Lancashire, England Viking, buried between about AD 905–910
The largest Viking silver hoard known from Western Europe
British Museum

asatru-ingwaz:

The Cuerdale hoard

Found at Cuerdale, Lancashire, England
Viking, buried between about AD 905–910

The largest Viking silver hoard known from Western Europe

British Museum

— 3 weeks ago with 225 notes
#Archaeology  #Not Mythology  #History 

Artefacts from “The Cuerdale hoard”
Found at Cuerdale, Lancashire, England Viking, buried between about AD 905–910
The largest Viking silver hoard known from western Europe
British Museum

Artefacts from “The Cuerdale hoard”

Found at Cuerdale, Lancashire, England
Viking, buried between about AD 905–910

The largest Viking silver hoard known from western Europe

British Museum

(Source: asatru-ingwaz)

— 3 weeks ago with 51 notes
#Archaeology  #Not Mythology 
Resources →

hedendom:

I’ve added a resources section to my blog featuring some updated links to reading materials and articles that I recommend.

Til års og fred!

— 3 weeks ago with 61 notes
#Resources  #Heathen  #Norse Mythology  #Mythology  #Viking 
little-frank:

From the fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord.

little-frank:

From the fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord.

— 3 weeks ago with 557 notes
#Longships  #Not Mythology  #Art 
hedendom:

Norwegian Pirog aka “Troll Snacks”
These savoury pies, made with fillings such as Jarlsberg cheese, ham and other Norwegian regional favourites, are known as “Troll snacks” in and around Gudbrandsdalen, Norway.
The region is recorded in folklore as the setting for the famous folk tale of Per Gynt, who takes on many great adventures, rescues dairy maids from trolls and defeats the giant worm-troll, Bøyg!
It is said that by offering a few of each batch that you bake you will stop unwanted attention from trolls and stop them interfering with your home and family.

hedendom:

Norwegian Pirog aka “Troll Snacks”

These savoury pies, made with fillings such as Jarlsberg cheese, ham and other Norwegian regional favourites, are known as “Troll snacks” in and around Gudbrandsdalen, Norway.

The region is recorded in folklore as the setting for the famous folk tale of Per Gynt, who takes on many great adventures, rescues dairy maids from trolls and defeats the giant worm-troll, Bøyg!

It is said that by offering a few of each batch that you bake you will stop unwanted attention from trolls and stop them interfering with your home and family.

— 3 weeks ago with 181 notes
#Trolls  #Folklore  #Not Mythology  #Food 
More thoughts on the women warriors article

I’ve been thinking about this, since I’ve been seeing it circulate everywhere, and I had a few thoughts to share with you folks. 

The biggest one is that this article is still important, even if the sample size was small.The fact of the matter is that archaeologists have been identifying gender (and by extension sex because they classically assume all remains to be cissexual individuals) for years based on the artifacts found with a body. 

The reason for this is that often it is impossible to identify sex from an archaeological skeleton because of decomposition. Identifying sex from a complete skeleton is fairly straightforward, but often the parts of the skeleton needed to do this are fragmented. In the scandinavian tradition, bodies are often cremated, completely destroying any hope of identifying the remains physically. (Ancient DNA is finicky just when you’re trying to nail down genus, let alone something like sex)

Even thought this is only one study with 13 bodies, I really hope this sparks further investigations. It should not be assumed that warriors were male simply by their tools, better surveys need to be made. 

Lastly, although the sample was taken from a settlement, it’s worth noting that the division between “viking” (IE: pirate), trader, and settler is an artificial one. People were often all of those.

— 3 weeks ago with 35 notes
#History  #Archaeology  #Not Mythology 
Sorry, but That Study Doesn’t Say Half of Viking Warriors Were Women →

politics-r-us:

It’s about Viking SETTLERS and the sample size was 13. Yup, thirteen.

It’s always important to read the actual publication and not the press release. News sources are notoriously unreliable.

— 3 weeks ago with 115 notes
#Archaeology  #Not Mythology 

yetibaba:

Sequentia - Edda - An Icelandic Saga - Myths From Medieval Iceland

from Amazon: Sequentia here performs a miracle of musical restoration, bringing to vibrant life medieval Icelandic texts about gods and heroes inhabiting a mythic past. Drawing on oral traditions and informed scholarly speculations about long-dead performing styles, they have come up with a hypnotic disc that startles with its power and beauties. The songs and recitations are interwoven with captivating fiddle tunes, and the singers wrench surprising emotions from the old texts. The late Barbara Thornton shines in her solos and duets, and Benjamin Bagby’s mesmerizing chanting, recitation, and singing brings us as close as we’re likely to get to sitting at the feet of the bards of old. An extraordinary disc that shouldn’t be missed. —Dan Davis

There is magic here. I’ve played this quietly around a campfire in the woods late at night, and wow.  ;)

— 3 weeks ago with 48 notes
#Music  #Poetic Edda  #Benjamin Bagby  #Sagas  #Skald  #History