Scandanavian

Sweden's first Viking shipwreck found in Lake Vänern

Marine archaeologists believe they have found the first Viking shipwreck ever discovered in Swedish waters. A rib from the ship was found recently in Lake Vänern, the country's largest lake, by the Swedish Coastguard. The rest of the vessel was covered by sediment.

Viking shoe tutorial

The Instructables website has a page on how to make a pair of Viking shoes. The 24-step tutorial includes a template in PDF format.

Beowulf meets Alien in "Outlander"

The Outlander, a film released in January 2009, follows the wreck of an alien space craft in 8th century Norway, releasing a futuristic soldier and a bloodthirsty monster into the Viking world. The trailer is available on YouTube. (video)

[WES] Winter's Gate Captaincy

A call resounds through the forests and hills of our beloved homeland unto the bravest and boldest warriors of the north! The time has arrived once again to select a new Captain of Winter's Gate. Many mighty warriors will fall in the quest to select the most worthy, but it is a sacrifice we are willing to accept, and will honor the fallen with much pomp and circumstance.

Swedish parking marker found to be runestone

Rainy weather, washing mud from a parking lot marker in Sweden, brought about a near "religious experience" for Stockholm County Museum runic expert Lars Andersson, who was able to identify marks on the stone as runes.

A Viking dreams of home

Ray Hamaker has dreams of being a Viking. He shares them in a promotional video for the Granlibakken Resort in Lake Tahoe. The video is on YouTube.

Beowulf - now with klezmer!

Just when you think you've seen - or read - it all, comes this review by New York Times theater critic B Neil Genzlinger of Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, a new production by Jason Craig, at the Abrons Arts Center, accompanied by klezmer music.

[WES] May Revel

The base Earl Tostig Godwinson has sailed for Norway! Rumor has it he has gone to recruit the Viking Harald Hardrada to overthrow his brother, Harold Godwinson, and claim England for his own. Though this is likely a lie spread by northern malcontents, Harold has summoned the fyrd to Yorkshire to confront and re-direct any confused Norwegians.

Mark S. Weiner receives Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Iceland

Law professor and legal history scholar Mark S. Weiner, who currently teaches at Rutgers School of Law-Newark, has received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and undertake research at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. The fellowship will begin in the fall of 2009.

Metal Detectorist Finds Silver Hoard in Denmark

A hobbyist with a metal detector discovered a thousand-year-old hoard of Viking-era silver on the Danish island of Funen.

New Norse clothing book to be published

David Brown Book Company has announced that advance orders are being taken for Medieval Garments Reconstructed: Norse Clothing Patterns by Else Ostergard, Anna Norgard and Lilli Fransen, translated by Shelly Nordtorp-Madson.

Roman pollution reaches Iceland

A new study, which appeared in the April 2009 issue of the journal Science of the Total Environment shows that air pollution from 1st and 2nd century Roman mining and metalworking operations has shown up in an Icelandic salt marsh.

Vikings were "model immigrants"

A three-day conference at Cambridge University may shake up traditional views of Vikings. The new study will show that, far from marauding barbarians, the Norse were "more cultured settlers who offered a 'good historical model' of immigrant assimilation."

"Severed Ways" explores Viking discovery of America

Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America, a 2007 film written and directed by Tony Stone, tells the story of two Norsemen stranded in North America in the year 1007 who are forced to survive by their wits.

[WES] Viking Tourney

The VIKINGS are Coming! An old tradition invades our mountain coastline again as the Shire of Mountainsgate is throwing a Scandawhovian brawl at a great site 25 minutes north of Placerville, CalIFORNIA.

At the isolated (but close) Finon Lake Reservoir we will host Norse styled fighting events including the Holmganga and Balder's Blind Melee.

Scandinavian grafitti

Wondering what to do with that boulder in your garden? How about turning it into a runestone work of art? Kalle the Runecarver of Sweden shows off his large-scale work on his website.

The Silver Hoard of the XXV Estrella War A&S Competition

One of the categories for the XXV Estrella War Arts and Sciences Competition was that of A Silver Based Entry. The winning entry was A 10th Century Viking Hoard entered by HE Ivan Petrovich, OL, KSCA; HE Ianuk Raventhourne, OL and Sir Steffan von Hessen, KSCA.

Unknown Tolkien work to be published in spring 2009

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, an unpublished book by J.R.R. Tolkien, has been scheduled to be released in May 2009.

DNA study captures Viking "snapshot" of 1000 years ago

The results of the "largest study of ancient DNA from a single population ever undertaken" are in: Iceland was settled by men from Scandinavia and women from the coasts of Scotland and Ireland.

Some Vikings stung by fake swords

"Buyer Beware" is an ages-old concept, one that was even true for Viking purchasers of "designer swords." Dr Alan Williams, an archaeometallurgist and consultant to the Wallace Collection, discusses the problems some Norseman encountered when commissioning new weapons.

10th century Viking ring found in Sedbergh, England

Two farmers digging in a muddy drainage channel were surprised to see the glint of gold recently and even more surprised to discover a 10th century CE gold Viking ring.

[DRA] Coronation Summer 2009

Hereby do we welcome all gentles of the known world to an occasion of festivities and happiness. We welcome all to a coronation that will be remembered and sung about for ages to come. We welcome you all to the summer coronation of 2009 "A Viking Saga".

Tycho Brahe's supernova spotted again

Max Planck Institute scientists report that they have once again glimpsed echoes of a supernova chronicled in 1572 by Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. The event was bright enough to be visible during the day. (photos and video)

Viking Society offers publications online

The Viking Society for Northern Research has digitized most of its back issues of publication beginning in 1895 and made them available for free on its wensite.

Kubb tournament draws interest to the Viking game

Kubb, "a modern imitation of an old Viking game," is a combination of chess, horseshoes and bowling. It was also the focus of the October 26 Kubb 2008 Championship of the Carolinas in Salisbury, NC. Brent Johnson of the Salisbury Post was there to catch the action.

The spiritual life of the Vikings

Recent discoveries of Viking burial sites have led researchers to rethink previously-held beliefs about the lives of the Norse, especially in regard to their spiritual life.

"New" Vikings enjoyed fashion and poetry

Scholars at Cambridge University feel that Vikings have gotten a bad rep, and they have set out to right it by way of a campaign "to recast them as 'new men' with an interest in grooming, fashion and poetry."

Study of graves gives new insight into early Norse life

New research on excavations of early pagan Norse burial sites has given scholars a new understanding of the lives of the Vikings, especially in regard to their funeral practices.

Spindle may hold "oldest runic inscription in Iceland"

An 11th century spindle, discovered recently in Reykjavík, Iceland, is inscribed with ruins which may be the oldest yet discovered in the country.

[ANS] Stargate Yule

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Please join the Barony of Stargate as we celebrate our 35th Anniversary with our annual Yule Celebration. The Barony will also be choosing their A&S and Bardic Champions.

The Norse have opened their longhouse and invited Ansteorra to celebrate the day with feasting, friends, and mirth. This year's Yule theme is based on the Myth of Mistletoe.

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