Vikings in Ireland in 795AD Time line of Vikings in Ireland 795AD – The Vikings arrived in Ireland and performed small raids 806AD – The Vikings raided Iona Abbey, all 68 occupants were killed 832AD – 120 Viking ships arrived in Ireland’s north eastern coasts 836AD – The Vikings began to attack deeper inland 841AD – Dubhlinn (Dublin) was created as a Viking settlement […]

Runes, Glyphs of Power & Spirit Prior to 200 BCE, certain purely magikal symbols such as the swastika, the cross, and the Sun-wheel were engraved on rocks in Northern Europe for ritual purposes. During the next four hundred years, these proto-runic symbols were adapted into the Germanic Elder Futhark alphabet composed of 24 characters. This is the oldest extant runic system (thus the name “Elder”), […]

Viking Metal

If you’re looking to brush up on your use of metals during the Viking age, look no further: This website is a treasure trove (pun intended) of amazing information on Viking age metalwork. For example, this is a real mjolnir: This is a forgery: See the difference? No? Read her website to see why!

Surprise! Surprise? Vikings in North East Scotland?

I’m no archaeologist, but often enough I’ll read something related to archaeology and wonder to myself how their conclusions were or were not reached. In this case, here’s an article below that discusses certain links to Vikings in NE Scotland (Aberdeenshire / Moray). The article below goes on to state that the Viking “exploits are more linked to the Northern […]

Jarlshof Archaeological Site in Shetland, Scotland

Sadly we probably won’t make a break for this island about 450 kms North of Edinburgh, Scotland, when we do our Scottish trip in spring 2016 and our Norse trip later that fall. Wikipedia states Jarlshof is the best known prehistoric archaeological site in Shetland, Scotland. It lies near the southern tip of the Shetland Mainland and has been described as […]

The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is a nearly thousand year old embroidered cloth that’s 230 feet long and 20 inches tall, showing the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. William the Conquerer was, of course, of Viking descent. What?! Yes, his great-great-great-grandfather was Rollo, who pillaged northern France with fellow Viking raiders in the late ninth and early 10th centuries. […]