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Mythology, Religion, Thor's Hammer, Viking -

The Hammer of Thor (aka Mjölnir) is usually associated with the earliest period of the Viking Age (793 -1066) and in particular with the Heathen vikings who burst out of Scandinavia to wreak havoc on monasteries and other holy places in Western Europe. The name 'Mjölnir' derives from a proto-Germanic word meaning 'to grind', it could also possibly derive from 'Grindstone'. The Old Norse tests also refer to Mjölnir as Hamarr, literally 'a hammer' and this is the story of how Thor got his hammer. Thor wields Mjölnir The mythological origin of Mjölnir is found in Skáldskaparmál from Snorri's Edda, written around 1220. The Norse God...

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Archaeology, History, Norway, Viking -

A burglary recently took place at the Bergen Historical Museum during which an estimated 400+ archaeological artefacts were stolen, many from the Viking Age. The museum staff have spent to the last week cataloguing the missing items and it seems that the thieves knew what they were doing. The burglars spent about one and half hours in the museum and may have been stealing to order. Although the artefacts have little monetary value, they are priceless from a historical and archaeological point of view. Any information on the whereabouts of these items should be directed to the Facebook page HERE. Hopefully...

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Archaeology, Denmark, History, Viking, Warrior -

A report on a recent discovery of a massive tenth century Viking fort has been published in Antiquity, Volume 91. The fort was found using the latest in LIDAR technology south of Copenhagen, Denmark and belongs to the Trellborg type of fort, the first to be found in over sixty years. LIDAR involves measuring the ground from an aircraft mounted laser scanner and it reveals abnormalities in the ground sometimes associated with archaeological features. The results revealed a circular feature that mirrored other known Viking forts in size and shape.  Circular feature marked with red arrow (Image source: Goodchild, H.,...

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History, Viking -

Many of the days of the week that are used in the English language derive from Latin and the Romans, but others come from Viking sources.  Sunday: derives from the Latin Dies Solis, meaning Sun's Day, which was a Pagan Roman holiday. Monday: from the Anglo-Saxon Monadaeg meaning Moon's Day Tuesday: Named after the Norse God Tyr, god of War, Law and Justice. The Romans also named Tuesday after their War God Mars: Dies Martis Wednesday: Named after Odin, or Wodan Thursday: Named after Thor, the Norse God of Thunder. Friday: This day was named after Frigg, the Norse Goddess and...

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Archaeology, Longship, Religion, Viking, Warrior -

The Tenth Century Muslim scholar and traveller Ahmad ibn Fadlan has left us the best eyewitness accounts of the Volga Vikings whom he met and described when travelling as an embassy of the Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad to the king of the Volga Bulgars. He described the Volga Vikings as having bodies tall as (date) palm-trees, with blond hair and ruddy skin. They are tattooed from "fingernails to neck" with dark blue or dark green "tree patterns" and other "figures" and that all men are armed with an axe, sword and long knife.He also went on to describe the ship burial of one of their chiefs in or around 922...

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