The Hávamál

The Hávamál Young and alone on a long road, Once I lost my way: Rich I felt when I found another; Man rejoices in man, A kind word need not cost much, The price of praise can be cheap: With half a loaf and an empty cup I found myself a friend, Two wooden stakes…

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Who Chooses Who Goes to Valhalla?

The Mythology site at StackExchange has a great question on the topic of who, exactly, gets the pick of the litter from the heap of fallen warriors: https://mythology.stackexchange.com/questions/929/does-odin-choose-who-enters-valhalla

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Vikings in Ireland in 795AD

http://www.yourirish.com/history/medieval/vikings-invade-ireland 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…

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Runes, Glyphs of Power & Spirit

http://www.northernway.org/school/onw/teutonic/runes.html 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…

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English Viking Words

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I like to remind everyone how that day of the week was named after a Norse God (Tyr, Woden, Thor, Freya) and smile a little at how Christianity couldn’t erase everything about those filthy pagans. I had no idea just how many words were borrowed from the Norse. Of…

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Haggis, derived from the Old Norse haggw?

Scotland’s famous national dish is an ‘imposter’ and has been faking it as native for centuries, says an award-winning butcher. Source: telegraph.co.uk Gross. I know, I know, no food is gross. I eat everything. But heart, liver, and lungs? I dunno man, I just don’t know.

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