Helluland, rue Baffin, and my obsession with the Far North

It’s all just a coincidence, but an interesting one I can’t stop thinking about. First: I grew up on a street called rue Baffin in a suburb of Montreal. Second: I’d rather be dead than be a slave to someone else’s demands. I had quit great jobs just to say “fuck you” to my boss….

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She’s Sailing! 100 Feet of Viking Boat Beauty.

This giant boat, the Sea Stallion, is a recreation of the Skuldelev 2, one of six viking boats excavated in the 60s from the waters North of Roskilde Harbour in Denmark. This giant 100-foot boat was built over 4 years by the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, and now she’s sailing. I’m definitely adding this to…

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Lady of the Mountain – Iceland’s Völva

I’m glued to this video right now: Snorri “Then came the völva Gróa there, wife of Aurvandil the Bold. She sang her galðr [spell-songs] over Thor until the piece of stone loosened [from his flesh]. When Thor noticed this, and understood that there was a good hope that she would be able to completely remove the…

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Gribshunden’s Head Emerges From The Baltic Sea

500 years ago this awesome looking Danish boat called the Gribshunden sunk off the East cost of Sweden in the Baltic Sea, fire and wooden boats don’t mix it seems. Recreational divers found the wreck in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until now that Swedish marine archaeologists were able to bring it up from the seafloor….

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Sif’s Golden Hair Found in Denmark

http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.ca/2015/07/archaeologists-unearth-golden-enigma-in.html These archaeologists are arguing over the possible source of these golden coils, but it’s pretty obvious to me that these were leftovers from the time Loki convinced the dwarfs to make Sif a wig. …the Dwarfs who were in the forge took up the bar of fine gold and flung it into the fire….

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Viking Longhouse Found in Downtown Reykjavik

Amazing what archaeologists are still finding. Archaeologists working in a former parking lot in Lækjargata street in downtown Reykjavík have uncovered what they believe is the ruins of the residence of a Viking era chieftain. http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/one-largest-viking-longhouses-iceland-has-been-found-downtown-reykjavik

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The Controversial Norse Coin found in Maine

The Maine Penny, or Goddard Coin, was found in a Native American settlement in Maine in 1957. It could be a hoax, like the Kensington Runestone in Minnesota. Apparently it was found by a local resident among 30,000 other things. You can read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maine_penny http://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-other-artifacts/controversial-origins-maine-penny-norse-coin-america-020241#ixzz3YSS7Gv4P

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