Destiny: The Norns, Yggdrasil, and the Well of Urd

Dan McCoy’s website is a veritable library of information on Norse Mythology, and I found it while digging into my own thoughts on destiny and how I ended up becoming fascinated with all things Viking. http://norse-mythology.org/concepts/destiny-wyrd-urd/

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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…

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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…

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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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Jomswikinger

I have no idea if this actually is an ancient Viking game or some guys just made it up over a dozen pints one day, but it looks absolutely hilarious and I can’t wait to play it.

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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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The Children of Odin

I’ve been listening to an audiobook of The Children of Odin in the car with Erik, these are great tales. It’s a retelling of the Eddas and the Volsung Saga for young adults by Padraic Colum. You can read it online here, or buy the book here.

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