Most of the artifacts we encounter online and in history books focus on war: swords, shields, helmets, and other artifacts of warfare. Less focus is placed on everyday items, such as, interestingly enough, tweezers. Yet, everyday items offer us a far better glimpse into life in Viking Age Scandinavia than their weapons. The breadth ofContinue reading “10 Viking Artifacts You Didn’t Know Existed”
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.
Viking Vlog 2: Finland in the Viking Age In this episode, I answer a question about the role of Finland in the Viking Age. In regards to the recommended reading from the video, here is a link to Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough’s book, Beyond the Northlands: https://amzn.to/2Us9He5 As discussed in the video, if you have burningContinue reading “Viking Vlog 2: Finland in the Viking Age”
It’s a well-known fact of history that the Vikings got around, both figuratively and literally. They reached distant lands as far as Bagdad in the Middle East and Newfoundland in North America, and they tended to leave behind more than their trade goods. Vikings were prolific progenitors all across the world. They took slaves inContinue reading “Did the Greenland Norse Intermix with Native American Women?”
If the Vikings can be broadly split into three distinct groups, the question becomes: what was the difference between Danish, Norwegian, Swedish Vikings?