Scandanavian

Santa's sleigh or Thor's chariot?

"The idea of St Nicholas got very much mixed in with Thor's transport when it comes to the sled with flying reindeer," said Helge Soerheim of the Archaeological Museum in Stavanger. On December 21, 2006, IC Wales explored the idea of how Vikings might have celebrated the Christmas season.

Snorri Sturluson was wrong

A new investigation of the cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, has revealed that Icelandic literary hero Snorri Sturluson had been wrong in his documentation of the cathedral’s history.

Viking swordplay in Iceland

Members of Rimmugýgur, a club dedicated to the research of Viking culture and sword fighting founded in 1997, show off their prowess with sword and shield for a reporter from the Iceland Review.

Every young Viking will want one

Need a gift idea for a young Viking lad or lass? A toy enthusiast has used the Playmobil™ play figures and some ingenuity to create a surprisingly-realistic "Vikingtown" in miniature.

Swedish Christmas Goat - Centuries Old Tradition

Each year for the last 40 years, the centuries-old symbol of Christmas in Sweden, a huge straw goat, has been built in Gavle, Sweden. Only 10 of them have seen the new year; the rest have been torched, run over by cars, knocked over or otherwise destroyed by vandals.

Evidence of Norsemen in the Roman Legions

"It is a well known fact that people from so called barbaric tribes like the German tribes up north, were recruited into the Roman legions." Now, new finds in Norway demonstrate that the northern lands had closer ties to the Roman Empire than previously believed.

Viking Longhouse to be Constructed in North Dorset

Researchers in North Dorset, England have contracted to build a replica of a Viking longhouse. The building will be part of a living history museum.

Viking Ship to Sail Next Summer

A dream will come true next summer for a group of would-be Vikings who have volunteered to sail the Danish ship Havhingsten on a seven-week, 1,000-mile voyage.

Jutland Stones May Bear New Runic Inscriptions

Seven stones have been discovered in the vicinity of Denmark's 10th century Jellinge stones. One or two of the new stones may also have runic inscriptions.

Investiture Barony of Endless Hills

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It was a dark and stormy night... err wait, no it was a moist night... No that's been taken too.... The fjords are full, the drakkar are ready, and the seas look calm and smooth. It's time to see the Vikings come back to power in these Endless Fjords (err Hills) So pack away your sheep, for .... Ulrich is about to be sat upon his chair, given a coronet upon his head, and a stout Meade in his horn. Location:
Barony of Endless Hills (Mountain Top, Pennsylvania)

Viking Era Coins found on Isle of Gotland

On the Swedish Isle of Gotland, Edvin and Arvid Sandborg were helping a neighbor with his garden when they began to dig up old coins, one of them a 1,100 year-old arabic coin.

Medieval Scandinavian Discussion List Created

Maestarinna Sigrid Briansdotter has created a list for discussion of topics of interest pertaining to post-Viking Scandinavia.

Viking ship found in Larvik

Archaeologists found the remains of a ship from the Viking Age recently, in a burial mound on a farm outside the coastal city of Larvik.

Origins of Rhode Island tower investigated

An Arizona-based research is looking for clues to the origin of a Rhode Island landmark. Many conflicting stories surround the Old Stone Tower in Newport, including the theory that it was built by twelfth-century Norse travelers.

Koge Bog: 1616

A late period (1616) Danish cookbook is now available from a New Zealand website. The book, in Danish with English translation, contains "A hundred useful pieces, Which are about brewing, baking, Cooking, aquavit and mead to make, As is useful in house Holding etc. Which before not in our Danish Language is issued in print."

urgent viking information

hi I am promised to an eager member of the sca - adamastor - and i need to get some ideas arounda traditional name day celebration for vikings please can anyone help as in our shire the knowledge on viking tradition and folklore is highly limited and I am a bit stuck . .:( also while on the subject any help on a byzantine/roman female heavy fighter persona would be HIGHLY appreciated. thanx

Norse Learning Days

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Norse Learning Days are Back! Oct 21 & 22 Classes: Sagas & Eddas, Wire braiding, Naalbinding, Embroiderie, Norse Herbs, Silk, Wedge tents.

Activities: Dutch oven cooking, Thrown weapons (ax & knife only)

Contests: Brewing, Dessert (Chocolate & cheesecake are period!), Best period use of Norse veggies.

Site opens at 9 am Sat, Classes start at 10, site closes 6 pm Sun. We Location:
Barony of Blatha An Oir (Tacoma, Washington)

Oslo Garbage Dump Yields Medieval Treasures

A garbage dump dating from the 13th or 14th century has been discovered in Oslo, Norway. The massive collection of discarded items includes over 1,000 shoes.

A Vaccine for the Black Death

A Norwegian scientist claims to have solved the mystery behind the Black Death and to have created a vaccine against it.

Kinder, Gentler Vikings

Dr Andrew Heald, the Later Iron Age and Early Historic Curator at the National Museums of Scotland, tries to lay to rest myths about the cruelty of Vikings in an article for The Scotsman.

Three Bears: Old Norse Style

Bluejo has posted a version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears written as an Old Norse saga. The poem was published on LiveJournal.

Viking Center Found in Russia

Russian and German archaeologists believe they may have found traces of human settlement in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.

Find Your Inner Viking Woman

The OK Cupid website has posted a quiz to help determine which strong, Viking woman you would be.

1100-Year-Old Viking Boat Discovered in Ireland

Archaeologists working on a trench near Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland, have discovered a 10-foot-long, wooden boat believed to be from the Viking era. The craft may have been a cargo carrier or a fishing boat.

Vikings Gather for Moot in Denmark

Richard Boyd, a network engineer living in Heidelberg, Germany, reported on a recent Viking Moot which took place in Denmark where reenactors from eleven countries met to cross swords and compare notes. The article appeared in Stars and Stripes.

Beocat vs. Grendel's Dog

Beocat, fearless feline of the Saxon north, takes on Grendel's dog, a Great Dane of course, in Grendel's Dog, from Beocat, a delightful poem by Henry Beard.

Who's Afraid Beowulf 4: Hrafnafjordr Gone Wild!

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It started as an idea and has grown into a legend. Alas, all good things come to an end. That's right, Oertha has a new prince and princess and as the summer wanes, it's time for "Who's Afraid of Beowulf 4!"

This will be the last installment of our saga. The great Hrafnafjordr Axe of Might has long carried the spirit of The Beast Grendel within it and has corrupted the shire's Champion. Now the call goes out to find a new hero, one who can defeat the old champion, now turned wicked, and lay waste to the spirit of Grendel himself, freeing the Shire from evil, once and for all....In addition to the championship tourney there will be contests aplenty to celebrate the Viking spirit in all of us including miniature Viking boat building (extra points for authenticity and if it is able to float and hold a small amount of weight), Viking booty call (fashion show) and a good old fashioned beserker contest.  As the evening winds down, come over Byfrost to Valhalla, where we will feast with those who died in honorable combat against the monster that day. Bring your own spirits and a good voice to the Bardic fire. This is the LAST BEOWULF!! Be there or be...uh... square! Lord Gunnar's duties call him elsewhere and he has passed the torch on to other shire folk. Location:
Shire of Hrafnafjordr (Soldotna, Alaska)

Bjornsborg Visits the Library

Members of the Barony of Bjornsborg in San Antonio, Texas "sailed" into the Semmes Branch Library at Comanche Lookout Park on July 1, 2006. The local SCA group presented a demo for library patrons. Chuck McCollough of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Over 1,000 Horses Gather in Iceland

Over 1,000 horses and their owners have gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland to take part in the largest-ever Landsmót, or Icelandair Horse Festival, itself the largest gathering of Icelandair horses in the world.

"Pathfinder" Scheduled for September Release

Pathfinder, a new Viking adventure saga starring Karl Urban of Doom fame, is scheduled for worldwide release September 8, 2006. The film speculates on the Norse place in North American history.