Scandanavian

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.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 23, 930

The first session of the Icelandic Althing, often considered the world's first parliament, began on June 23, 930.

Kensington Runestone May Hold Secret Code

Ben Tracy of Minneapolis' WCCO reports on the "secret code" contained in the famous Kensington Runestone. The stone, discovered 100 years ago near Alexandria, Minnesota, bears a carved inscription dating to 1362.

Photos from Folcland Fest

Folo has posted photos from Micel Folcland's first independent event which took place recently in Vermillion County, Illinois. Micel Folcland is associated with Regia Anglorum, a living history group which re-creates British history.

Viking Longhouse Project

Robert L. Schuster, Lord Halv of the Kingdom of Calontir, is in the process of finalizing plans to construct a Viking longhouse. Norsa, a not-for-profit, Viking re-enactment group, is sponsoring the project.

A Grand Thing

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The Barony of Stromgard and the Village of Bjorgvin would like the invite you all to A Grand Thing. This will be a period event, focusing on Norse and Irish traditions of the Viking Era, with fighting, contests, games, and a grand feast! There will be a multi-weapons tournament, A Viking raiders tournament of ships, and a monastery raid where you get to keep all the booty you can escape with.

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Barony of Stromgard (Stevenson, Washington)

Beer on Tap

A woman in Oslo, Norway was shocked recently to find beer streaming from her kitchen water faucet.

Blood of the Vikings

On March 18, 2006, the Science Channel will broadcast The Blood of the Vikings, a cultural look at the Viking lifestyle along the northeast coast of England.

Researchers Debate Fate of 14th Century Ship

Archaeologists in Stockholm, Sweden are debating the best method to handle a 14th century ship discovered buried in the mud of a bay in central Stockholm. Parts of the ship may be too delicate to remove.

Viking Village Demo V

Calling all Vikings (and neighbors of Vikings)! It's time once again to set up our Viking Village at the Annual Jamestown Scandinavian Folk Festival. We would love to have as many people as possible join us in this celebration of all things Viking.

Viking Re-enactment Event at Forest Glen

Presenting, a Viking Re-enactment Event at Forest Glen. You are invited to come join us as we recreate what life was like 1000 years ago.Come join us April 22-23rd, 2006 for a weekend of Dark Ages living history!