This blog will focus on historical accuracy and reconstructionism but also on the contemporary religion and sometimes wander into other heathenry, like Anglo - Saxon faith, Odinism, Theodism and so on.
There will however never be any bigotry, homophobia, anti Semitism or stupid ideas of a "pure" Germanic race.
The Children of Ash: Cosmology and the Viking Universe
Professor Neil Price delivers the first of three lectures, September 25, 2012, focusing on the fundamental role that narrative, storytelling and dramatisation played in the mindset of the Viking Age (8th-11th centuries), occupying a crucial place not only in the cycles of life but particularly in the ritual responses to dying and the dead.
The Shape of the Soul: The Viking Mind and the Individual
Professor Neil Price delivers the third of three lectures, September 27, 2012, focusing on the fundamental role that narrative, storytelling and dramatisation played in the mindset of the Viking Age (8th-11th centuries), occupying a crucial place not only in the cycles of life but particularly in the ritual responses
Life and Afterlife: Dealing with the Dead in the Viking Age
Professor Neil Price delivers the second of three lectures, September 26, 2012, focusing on the fundamental role that narrative, storytelling and dramatisation played in the mindset of the Viking Age (8th-11th centuries), occupying a crucial place not only in the cycles of life but particularly in the ritual responses to dying and the dead.
The Stone ships (Skeppssättning)(Nordic bronze age - Viking age)
I have been to Ale Stenar (sometimes called “Swedens Stone Henge” in southern Sweden (Scania ) and i have a stone ship and several Tumuli (grave mounds) right where i live. I usually gaze at them as i pass them by train.
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The Stone ship or ship setting was an early burial custom, characteristically Scandinavian but also found in Northern Germany and the Baltic states. The grave or cremation burial is surrounded by tightly or loosely fit slabs or stones in the outline of a ship. They are often found in grave fields, but are sometimes far from any other archaeological remains. Excavations have shown that they are usually from the Nordic Bronze Age or from the Germanic Iron Age, the Vendel Age and the Viking Age. The largest known stone ship is the mostly destroyed Jelling stone ship in Denmark, which was at least 170 metres long.
Stone ships in this video: Ale’s Stones Tjelvars grave Anundshög Blomsholm stone ship Gannarve stone ship Mjösjön stone ship Nässja stone ship Askeberga stone ship Runsa Stone ship Vätteryd Stone ship
Generally speaking, the Norwegians expanded to the north and west to places such as Ireland, Scotland, Iceland and Greenland; the Danes to England and France, settling in the Danelaw (northern/eastern England) and Normandy; and the Swedes to the east, founding the Kievan Rus, the original Russia. However, among the Swedish runestones which mention expeditions over seas, almost half tell of raids and travels to western Europe. And in todays Sweden it has been found more Arabic coins from the Viking age then the Arabs has found themself from this era plus there has been found tonnes of viking treasures in todays Sweden which made the areas in todays Sweden to among the most riches places on earth during the viking age. So its easy due archeology to track the Varangian Rus til todays Sweden. But also, according to the Icelandic sagas, many Norwegian Vikings went to eastern Europe. . The names of Scandinavian kings are known only for the later part of the Viking Age. Only after the end of the Viking Age did the separate kingdoms acquire distinct identities as nations, which went hand in hand with their Christianization. Thus the end of the Viking Age for the Scandinavians also marks the start of their relatively brief Middle Ages.
According to the Primary Chronicle, compiled in Kiev about 1100-1200 Ad, one group of Varangians was Rus’ people. Their name became that of the land of Rus’ this happened because one of Rus’ princes, Rurik (Old Norse: Hrörekr) had been recognized by several East Slavic and Finno-Ugric peoples as their ruler, founding the Rurikid Dynasty, which later would rule over Rus’ and after its fall over Russia for many centuries. Rurik first came to Staraya Ladoga in 862 and then moved his capital to Novgorod in 864, while his relative Oleg (Old Norse: Helgi) conquered Kiev in 882 and established the state of Kievan Rus’, later inherited by Rurik’s son Igor (Old Norse: Ingvarr). Sviatoslav was the first ruler of Rus’ who is recorded in the Primary Chronicle with a name of Slavic origin (as opposed to his predecessors, whose names are ultimately derived from Old Norse). This name is however not recorded in other medieval Slavic countries. Even in Rus’, it was attested only among the members of the house of Rurik, as were the names of Sviatoslav’s immediate successors: Vladimir, Yaroslav, Mstislav). Some scholars speculate that the name of Sviatoslav, composed of the Slavic roots for “holy” and “glory”, was an artificial derivation combining those of his predecessors Oleg and Rurik (they mean “holy” and “glorious” in Old Norse, respectively).
Engaging in trade, piracy and mercenary activities, Varangians roamed the river systems and portages of Gardariki, as Rus’ lands were known in Norse sagas. They controlled the Volga trade route (Route from the Varangians to the Arabs), connecting Baltic to the Caspian Sea, and the Dnieper trade route (Route from the Varangians to the Greeks) leading to the Black Sea and Constantinople. Those were the critically important trade links at that time, connecting Europe with wealthy and developed Arab Caliphates and the Byzantine Empire;via those routes most of the silver coinage came from the East to the West. Attracted by the riches of Constantinople, Rus’ Varangians initiated a number of Rus’-Byzantine Wars, some of which resulted in advantageous trade treaties. At least from the early 10th century many Varangians served as mercenaries in the Byzantine Army, comprising the so-called Varangian Guard (the personal bodyguards of Byzantine Emperors). Eventually most of them, both in Byzantium and in Eastern Europe, were converted from paganism into Orthodox Christianity, culminating in the 988 Christianization of Kievan Rus’. Coinciding with the general decline of the Viking Age, the influx of Norsemen to Rus’ stopped, and Varangians were eventually assimilated by East Slavs by the late 11th century.