Old Norse mythology "captures the public imagination"

Experts on Old Norse mythology met recently at the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Scandinavian Studies to take a look a fresh look at the religion.

Many conceptions of Norse mythology stem from writings in the 1960s based on 13th century literature. New evidence has changed thinking about the subject. "It is mainly thanks to archaeology, new information and especially new ideas have arisen, such as Viking burial rituals which suggests the Vikings had no defined religion, but instead made up a set of spiritual beliefs, which were then acted out at the grave," said Professor Stefan Brink, chair in Scandinavian Studies at Aberdeen.