At the moment the post abowe are being shared on different Facebook groups Let’s start by giving a definition of a “Viking Drinking horn”. The article must refer to drinking horns from the Viking Age that start in around 792 and end around 1066 depending on definition. In Scandinavia we difine The Middle Age as […]
An abandoned Viking Village in Iceland?
This post seem to permeate the “viking” groups on Facebook and it claim to show an abandoned Viking Village in Iceland. It doesn’t look anyway like Viking age houses and it doesn’t look abandoned at all. A quick Image Search confirm that it’s a Scottish Village on The Isle of Lewis named “Gearrannan Blackhouse Village”. […]
The song My mother told me
Two words of the song annoy me. One is Galleys and the other are Braque. Both words are mainly about ship types from other times and places, although the English language are a bit unclear about that. The song are a part of the poem from Egils Saga Skall-Grímssonar or Egill’s Saga in English. Song […]
The Gungnir spear meme
The meme has the following claims: Its a magical weapon made by dwarves on the order of Loki, who gave the spear as a gift to Odin It never misses its mark when thrown That any oaths made with a hand on the upon its point cannot be broken So here are the claims one […]
Viking age cleanliness
This meme are being circulated at the moment. It has several statements: “According to historians, Vikings were actually quite hygienic and cleaner than most Europeans of the time. They took baths at least once a week, changed their clothes rebury and cleaned their face and hands once a day”. This is fairly common knowledge and […]
Was the rune calendar from The Viking Age?
You can find memes like the one below claiming that it depicts a “Viking rune stone calendar” When I first looked into the rune calendars some years ago I also found the same picture on eBay. Notice that it is called a “replica”. So, we now know that the picture depict a replica. Actually, the […]
Did the Viking Age Scandinavians use Ravens in navigation?
I have been seeing this meme (or memes with the same claim) repeatedly over the years where claims that “The Vikings used ravens to find land”. This isn’t the case. We do know a story about one Viking using ravens in that way. In the Book of the Settlers/ Landlamabók is says: Floki took three […]
“Viking Prayer” memes
This Meme (and others with similar texts) is often shared on “Viking” or Heathen Facebook pages. If you look in the bottom it says that it is a “Viking (Norse) prayer 4 B.C. – 4 A. D”. Let us start there. The Viking Age was started in the 8th century to the 11th century, so […]
Was Saturday originally named after Loki?
This meme has been shared on different Facebook pages. The problem with the Meme is saying that Saturday (laugardagr in Old Norse) has something to do with Lokis day. Laugardagr should be translated to “bathing day”, since the Old Norse word “Laug” means bath. Source: https://ordnet.dk/ods/ordbog?query=l%C3%B8rdag&tab=for The Meme is correct when talking about Tuesday, Wednesday, […]
There are NO Viking settlement on Point Rosee in Canada
In 2014 the amazing Satellitearcheologist Sarah Parcak examined the Canadian coastline to look for more Viking settlement as part of a BBC program “Vikings Unearthed”. She found some interesting shapes in Point Rosee on Newfoundland and a test excavation she found what she thought was “an iron-working hearth partially surrounded by the remains of what […]