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Norse mythological names website

Those with an interest in Norse mythology - or those interested in choosing a Viking name - may want to visit the Behind the Name website which looks at "the mythology and history of  first names."

12th century Seitas studied in Finland

A team of archaeologists from the University of Oulu in Finland is studying seitas, sacred places of the indigenous Sámi people, some dating to the 12th century.

Real Vikings eat fish for breakfast

Refr Fiachson of the Kingdom of An Tir knows how Vikings eat, and he shares his knowledge of Norse cooking on his blog, The Viking Food Guy - Recreating the food and drink of the Viking Age (and others).

Cooking like a Viking

Daniel Serra, a PhD student in archaeology studying Viking age food culture, has created a blog, Eldrimner - a blog about medieval and viking age food, on which he shares his experiences with cooking at a Norse historical village.

Vikings feminized male names

At the April 24, 2010 Midlands Viking Symposium, Dr Philip Shaw from the University of Leicester delivered a paper on his research on Viking naming practices. His research discussed the common practice of giving female children names derived from male names.

[NOR] Woodland Romp

I'd like to take a moment to invite all to Woodland Romp in the Shire of Skerjastrond next weekend.  Come join Her Highness and visit the northeast frontier of Northshield.  We are 3 hours north of Windhaven, 2 hours east of Mistig Waetru.

DARC Historical Presentation

The Dark Ages Recreation Company (DARC) is inviting those interested in history to come visit us as we illustrate daily life during the Viking Age.

Rune stones bore multiple messages

Swedish rune stones conveyed their meanings to their contemporaries in more ways than just through text, new research claims.

Viking clothing bright and provocative says Swedish expert

Historical films and fiction have always depicted the Norse as dour fellows, dressed in earthtones and furs, but new evidence seems to show otherwise.

15th century "golden gown of Queen Margareta" re-created

Based on the silk fabric of the golden gown of Queen Margaret of Sweden, experts at Durán Textiles have produced a hand-printed design and re-created the gown. The story, with photos, appears in the Durán Textiles newsletter.

Taylor Mali remembers a student warrior

Teacher Taylor Mali talks about a Viking ship class project and a special seventh-grader who died like a Viking warrior. The video is available on YouTube.

International Vinland Seminar to take place in Chicago

Officials have announced that the International Vinland-seminar,  "a three day event dedicated to the Norse discovery of America and Scandinavian Viking Culture," will take place in Chicago, IL October 15-17, 2010 at North Park University.

Rare 9th century Viking necklace found in Ireland

Archaeologists working in Glencurran Cave in Ireland have discovered a "stunning piece of jewellery," a Viking necklace of glass and gold foil beads. (photo)

International Vinland-seminar

We are pleased to announce the International Vinland-seminar in Chicago, a three day event dedicated to the Norse discovery of America and Scandinavian Viking Culture, 15th – 17th October 2010.

Climate cause of tough times for Norse settlers

New geochemical research by the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada shows that Norse settlers in 9th century Greenland and Iceland faced enormous challenges. The study followed temperature changes through analysis of mollusk shells.

Graveyard of ships found in Baltic Sea

Workers constructing a gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea between Russia and Germany have discovered a graveyard of a dozen shipwrecked vessels, some dating to the Middle Ages.

Song of the Skywalkers

On his blog, Tattúínárdœla saga, Norse scholar Jackson Crawford discusses the "complicated textual tradition that lies behind George Lucas’s “Star Wars,” which few outside the scholarly community realize is a modern rendition of an old Germanic legend of a fatal conflict between a father and his treacherous son."

[ATL] 12th Night 2011

Odin is restless. Valhalla has been quiet for too long and needs fighters and frolic to brighten it's dark halls. What can be done? A gathering of  Vikings is needed! Odin looks over his lands and spies the Kingdom of Atlantia in all it's splendor. Here is the answer! A grand winter festival to enlighten his spirit and bring laughter to his home!

2500 Viking Ships Sail to Wal-Mart

In a true medieval/modern oddity, 2500 Viking ships are arriving at Wal-Mart stores across the U.S. as part of a promotion of the film How to Train Your Dragon.

Beheaded Vikings found at London Olympics site

Excavation work in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London has uncovered the bodies of 51 Vikings who were beheaded and thrown into a mass grave.

Medieval shipwreck found in Baltic Sea

Twelve shipwrecks, including some that may date back as far as 800 years, have been found by a gas company building an underwater pipeline in the Baltic Sea.

Skull of St. Bridget may not be authentic

A research group at Uppsala University's Department of Genetics and Pathology recently used DNA and other tests to determine whether or not the skulls of Saint Bridget (Birgitta) of Swedenand her daughter Katarina are authentic.

Auning Woman: "a perfectly ordinary looking woman"

Experts at the Panum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark have shown the world the face of the 2000-year-old Auning Woman, found in 1886 in a northeastern Jutland bog.

11th century Viking house found in Dublin

Workers for the Office of Public Works (OPW) in Dublin, Ireland have unearthed evidence of an 11th century Viking settlement on the north shore of the Liffey River.

Icelandic Saga Database online

Wyndreth of the Kingdom of Northshield reports that an Icelandic Saga Database, offering a "huge selection of Icelandic sagas in various languages, is now available online for viewing or download in PDF format.

Winter festivals feature fire in Spain and Scotland

An article on Boston.com looks at the power of purifying fire in European myth and imagination in two festivals, Up Helly Aa and the Feast of Saint Anthony the Great. (22 large photos)

10th century Viking ingot found in England

A cigar-shaped, silver ingot dating to the 10th century has been discovered in Shenstone, England. The ingot, thought to be Scandinavian in origin, is believed to have been used as currency.

Winterwear for Vikings

The Wychwood Warriors Wiki offers an article on the history and design of coats and overtunics for early Germanic cultures and Vikings. Included are resources, with links, for Eastern Viking and female coats.

Bog People subject of new book

In a review for The Telegraph, Philip Hoare looks at Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination, a book by University of California, Berkeley professor Karin Sanders.

Mel Gibson considers film about Norse warriors

For his next project, filmmaker Mel Gibson may be returning to a childhood dream. "The very first idea that I ever had about making a film, my first thought ever about being a filmmaker was when I was 16-years-old, and I wanted to make a Viking movie," Gibson told journalists at a press event.