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The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, an unpublished book by J.R.R. Tolkien, has been scheduled to be released in May 2009.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

Site Info & Fees
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church Location:
Barony of Stargate (Houston, Texas)

Did Norse bring Christianity to Scotland?

A team of archaeologists from the University of Nottingham are trying to determine if Vikings brought Christianity to Caithness, Scotland before Saint Columba brought the religion to Iona. (video)

10th century timber-lined cellar found in York

Archaeologists working on excavations at the site of the new Hungate development in York, England, have discovered what they believe is the basement of a two-story Viking house. The structure has been dated to mid 10th century. (photo)

[NOR] Project Day

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Border Downs Project Day: Norse Poetry and Prose Edition

WHO: You! Me! Them! Everyone!
WHAT: Project Day, with a focus on norse poetry and prose
WHERE: Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

Take your best route to the section of South Grange Ave that sits between 26th and 33rd streets. Look for the SCA sign. There will be a big parking lot, so park there, then head into the building with the bright blue on the front. That is the Commons. Once you are inside the Commons, head to the right, past the mailboxes. When you reach the end of the mail boxes, take a left down that hallway and you will be on site! Look for the SCA signs once you have hit the right area of Grange. Location:
Shire of Border Downs (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

Mouse migration - Viking style

An article in a Royal Society journal suggests that modern British mice may have "Viking" genetics - or at least may have traveled with the Scandinavian invaders on their journeys of conquest.

[MER] Viking Games

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Disappointed that the Beijing Olympics have come and gone? Craving more sporting competitions? Want to ogle more sweating athletes glistening in the sun? ant to play with weapons that double as sporting equipment?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, do we have the event for you!

The Barony of Bryn Madoc proudly presents: Viking Games
October 17-19, 2008

Camp Daniel Morgan Location:
Barony of Bryn Madoc (Rutledge, Georgia)

[AET] Fabric, Fiber, & Fighting VI

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The Shire of Nithgaard will host its sixth annual textile symposium on the weekend of November 14-16, at the Sieg Conference Center located on Narrows Road in Lamar, PA (no street address). Saturday the 15th will be a day of classes and workshops devoted to fabric, string, and their glorious arts. Melee and tournament combat engagements in a medieval style will be organized by Thorvaldr Frithsamr. Head cook Aurora Nicola will be providing an Icelandic feast. The site opens at 2PM on Friday, and closes at noon on Sunday. Location:
Shire of Nithgaard (Lamar, Pennsylvania)

Vikings needed women!

New research may show that the Viking raids of the 8th through 11th centuries may have been triggered by a shortage of marriageable women, possibly brought on by the Norsemen themselves.

Viking shield found in Denmark

Archaeologists working on a Viking site 62 miles west of Copenhagen have discovered a 10th century shield. The wooden artifact is said to be well-preserved. (photo)

"Crazy Viking" creates Nordic Inn in Minnesota

Visitors to the Kingdom of Northshield might want to plan a visit to the Viking Inn, "Central Minnesota 's Nordic Inn Medieval Brew and Bed."

Norwegian shipwrecks "sensational" find

"The largest collection of antique shipwrecks ever found in Norway" has been unearthed at the site of a new highway near Oslo, Norway. At least nine well-preserved wooden ships dating to the early 17th century were uncovered near Bjoervika.

Kubb 2008 Championship of the Carolinas

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Kubb a classic Viking game, has traveled thousands of miles from a distant and magical land and now resides in the USA! KUBB is perfect for 2-6 players and for ages 8-80! Come and learn about the game, participate and ENJOY!

When: Sunday, October 26, 2008 1:00PM-6:00PM

Where: On the grounds of the Salisbury Civic Center 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Salisbury, NC

Cost: $5.00 per participant/General Admission: FREE Location:
SAGA (Salisbury, North Carolina)

Vikings not driven from Canada by the Thule

New research shows that Viking settlers in Newfoundland were not driven from the country by the native Thule, a native ancestor of the Inuits. Scientific re-dating has placed the native tribes in the area 150 years after the Viking settlements.

How to Make a Viking Spoon

On Instructables, Morfmir shows step-by-step instructions for making a wooden spoon with Viking era reproduction tools (or modern equivalents).

Rare gold ring found in Icelandic burial site

A rare gold ring, possibly belonging to a monk or a sheriff, has been discovered in a grave near Skriduklaustur, Iceland. Gold rings are an uncommon find in Icelandic archaeology.

Amon Amarth Viking video contest

In your heart are you a Viking? Here's your chance to prove it to the world. The heavy metal group is sponsoring a Viking video contest in which entrants are encouraged to "Create a video of yourself and your friends inspired by Viking lore!" Caution: No raping, pillaging or burning of churches allowed!