Vikings in Ireland

Here are 8 excellent, short YouTube videos on life in Viking Ireland put together by the National Museum of Ireland. There’s even a Notes for Teachers PDF, in case you’re a teacher.  

Will the real Odin please stand up?

Apparently it isn’t as clear cut as we all think. Sure he only had one eye and wore anti-bird-poop shoulder pads for his friends Muninn and Huginn, but the old texts are open to interpretation. Annette Lassen, who has a PhD in Norse Philology (wait, is that right? YES, I learned a new word today. Philology is the study of language […]


Between the 9th and 11th centuries, in Dublin, Vikings were hanging around having a grand old time and some chap with a scratchy tool carved a boat in a plank of wood. Spotted here at Irish Archaeology.

Key to English Place-names

The University of Nottingham (UK) has a very cool website called Key to English Place-names that “is an up-to-date guide to the interpretation of the names of England’s cities, towns and villages”. I thought this was neat since many of the places have roots in Old Norse, such as Coupland in Northumberland. Coupland is “purchased land” or kaupa-land in Old […]