The Swedish Vikings: Who Were the Rus?

The Swedish Vikings: Who Were the Rus?

Scandinavia at the beginning of the Viking Age appears to have shared a common culture, as shown by the archeological record, but it later diverged into several distinct groups. As I discussed in my previous blog about the difference between the Danish,...
Did the Vikings Wear Helmets?

Did the Vikings Wear Helmets?

Did the Vikings Wear Helmets? It is well established through consensus among historians and archeologists that the Vikings did not wear horns on their helmets. There is no consensus, however, in regards to whether they wore helmets at all. A curious gap in the...
Human Sacrifice in the Viking Age

Human Sacrifice in the Viking Age

Did the Vikings conduct human sacrifice? It is a sensational claim. Not only does it make for an intriguing field of study, but it also makes for fantastic media coverage. The idea of human sacrifice is not new to the study of the Vikings. While the evidence from the...
Do You Have Viking Blood?

Do You Have Viking Blood?

Do You Have Viking Blood? As Vikings gain popularity worldwide, the endeavor to link one’s ancestry to them is picking up steam. It’s no secret that the Vikings were prolific progenitors. They traveled far in search of riches, and often those they encountered were of...
Do You Use the Word Viking Correctly?

Do You Use the Word Viking Correctly?

Language matters, and how a person uses language significantly affects their worldview and how they perceive people, objects, and concepts. It is no surprise, therefore, that there are a growing number of people who are dismayed by today’s liberal use of the word...
The Swedish Vikings: Who Were the Rus?

How Tall Were the Vikings?

There exists a peculiar perception among the general public that the Vikings stood taller than other Europeans of the Viking Age. Books, TV shows, and even some notable museum displays paint a portrait of tall and powerful men with above-average strength and skill at...