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Deciphering Viking Music and Poetry

Deciphering Viking Music and Poetry

Music and Poetry Ancient Vikings took feasts and celebrations as an opportunity to enjoy poems and music from professional skalds. Skalds were members of a group of Viking poets who would entertain the Vikings and their leaders at the courts. There is no substantial evidence that the Vikings actually sang, so most historians have settled on the hypothesis that Skaldic poetry was spoken and not sung. What is undisputable, however, is that Viking music and poetry was accompanied by simple musical instruments that have been found in various excavation sites all across Northern Europe. However, these musical instruments are rare...

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The Santa-Odin Connection

The Santa-Odin Connection

Is There a Connection Between Santa Claus and Odin?       Some comparisons may not make sense from a myopic point. However, going deep into details brings more light. Father Christmas, the jolly fat man is commonly characterised by bringing presents to children on Christmas Eve. It seems rather ridiculous that they share something in common with the mono-eyed, wolf-flanked, bloody-handed Viking god of war. To our ancestors, Santa Claus stood for the essence of approaching hardship with a positive attitude which entails abundance, generosity, protection and joy. Christmas is celebrated during winter,  a time of great hardships in agrarian...

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History of Ivar the Boneless

History of Ivar the Boneless

Ivar the Boneless Who is Ivar the Boneless?  Ivar the Boneless, also known as Ivar Ranarsson was a Viking leader and a commander who led the Vikings to conquer the Irish, a nation known as England today. As indicated in the       Tale of Ragnar Lodbrok, Ivar was the son of the legendary Ragnar Lothbrok and Aslaug. He had other brothers namely Biorn Iroside, Halfda Rannarsson, Hvirserk , Sigurd Snake-in-the Eye and Ubba. There are many sagas that try to explain the origin of his nickname( Ivar the Boneless) which is largely attributed to his physical disability but most importantly, he...

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Viking Runes Guide

Viking Runes Guide

Have you ever wondered where Viking Runes came from? Well, if you have, we have decided to come up with an article that will clarify a majority of the questions you have about the Runic alphabet. Keep reading and learn about these ancient Icelandic symbols, their magical abilities and their mythological foundations. Simply put, Viking Runes are characters (much like the characters in the English alphabet) that make up the ancient Norse system of writing. The system was used by several Ger manic communities before the Latin alphabet was created. Before the emergence of the Latin alphabet, Nordic runes were...

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Viking Symbols and their Meaning

Viking Symbols and their Meaning

Symbols played a very significant role when it came to Nordic culture, from simply representing their faith and beliefs to invoking the power of their gods and striking fear in their enemies’ hearts. The Vikings used symbols for varied reasons, but as history goes, if left unshared, relevance and meaning are eventually eroded in the minds of subsequent generations, which is why we have decided to conduct thorough research and share with the meanings behind some of the mean prominent symbols of the mighty Viking-age. Runes (Norse Alphabet) The Nordic Runes were the primary form of writing used by the ancient...

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