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Vikings Filled Their Pillows and Duvets with Eagle-Owls’ Feathers
Reconstruction of the Myklebust Viking ship burial chamber c. year 870 AD, Norway, probably containing King Audbjorn of the Fjords. The king’s head is resting on pillows filled with bird feathers. (Illustration: Arkikon.no) In the largest and richest equipped Viking… Read More ›
Did the Viking Age Really Start on 8 June 793 AD?
They came from the fjords of Western Norway, and when they left, only silence could be heard. (Illustrating photo from “Trace” Viking movie, by Markus Dahlslett) “Never before has such terror appeared in Britain as we have now suffered from… Read More ›
Dr. Casper Skinsnes – One of a Thousand Norwegian-American Missionaries Working at Earths’s End
Dr. Skinsnes helped countless Chinese in a dangerous time. When the spirits could not help, the Chinese came to the Mission Hospital. (Photo from the book) By Torbjørn Greipsland, from the new book ”To the Ends of the World. 1000… Read More ›
What about a Thor’s Star Cardigan for Christmas?
Thor’s Star, © Cynthia Atley Peterson Thor’s Star, by Cynthia Atley Peterson / Ravelry.com Woman’s cardigan in 6 sizes from XS 35″ to XXL 48″ finished size. Thor’s Star was made from the inspiration of the wallpaper on ThorNews, knit… Read More ›
The Puzzling Animal Head Posts Found in the Oseberg Viking Ship Grave
One of of five animal head posts found in the Oseberg Viking ship grave. (Photo: © Museum of Cultural History/ Univesity of Oslo /CC BY-SA 4.0/ Kirsten J Helgeland) Five animal head posts were found in the Oseberg Viking ship grave… Read More ›
Travel Food for Vikings
What Did the Vikings Eat? We know little of the recipes from the Viking era, but know a lot about the ingredients the Vikings had at their disposal through archaeological excavations. It is among others found “remnants” of food in… Read More ›
Old Norse Mystery: What Do the Couples Depicted on Thousands of Miniature Gold Amulets Symbolize?
In 2016, this miniature amulet made of gold was discovered on the Åker farm near Hamar in Eastern Norway – one of many thousands only found in Scandinavia. (Photo: Museum of Cultural History, Oslo) About three thousand Old Norse gold… Read More ›
Viking Battle Axe Found Nearby “Njord’s Island” in Central Norway
This Viking Age battle axe was found by the use of metal detector by local historian Ørjan Kvalø in a field in the Leka island, Central Norway (Photo: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews). Recently, the regional museum Museet Midt in Namdalen in… Read More ›
The Amazing Hoddøya Bronze Age Spear – A Gift to the Gods
The Hoddøya spearhead – beautiful, mysterious and devine. (Photo: NTNU University Museum, Trondheim) Year 872 BC, Hoddøya, an island in the Namsen Fjord in Central Norway: A tall man with long gray hair wearing a bear claw necklace is standing… Read More ›
Research: Wealthy Vikings Did Wear Blue Linen Underwear
Colorful Vikings: It is known that Vikings did wear colorful clothing of wool, hemp and nettle – but what kind of underwear did they use? (Photo: Tufte Photography / vikingvalley.no) It is hard to imagine Eric Bloodaxe and other feared… Read More ›