I have read this article: Cannabis found in Viking grave (https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/09/20/cannabis-discovered-viking-grave/) The article is about the Oseberg boat Grave in Tørnsberg, Norway. The article seems to be quite accurate, except for the wording. It is true that Cannabis was found in a leather purse found with the elder lady (the word sack seems to imply […]
Viking Berserker burial found in Denmark?
In a debate about berserkers, someone mentioned that berserker graves had been found and googling I found two articles who both are talking about a grave found I Hårup in Jutland Denmark: The first one I read doesn’t really tell us much about why they think that man in the grave was a berserker. http://www.newhistorian.com/grave-axe-wielding-viking-berserker-found-denmark/6983/ […]
Reading suggestions for a new heathen/Asatru.
I would start by saying that if you can get together with other heathens and have a community (sometimes called a Kindred or a Tribe), that is the best way to do heathenry. You can also join a national organization, like The Troth or Awaken The North, where you also can arrange to meet other […]
The Mississippi Viking Ship
A comment on the article found here: http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/usa-viking-ship-discovered-near-mississipi-river/ This story was published by World News Daily Report, which is a homepage with intentional fake news. They write in their disclaimer: “WNDR assumes, however, all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the […]
Was a Viking Settlement Discovered Near Great Lakes, USA?
World News Daily Report made some time ago another fake news story about Vikings in North America. This time they concocted a story about a Viking settlement near the town of Cheboygan, on the coast of Lake Huron. You can see the fake story here: USA: Viking Artifacts discovered near Great Lakes This story was […]
Was an Odin statuette seized in central Turkey
The Turkish State media “The Daily Sabah” has an article about a “1,200-year-old Viking god Odin statuette seized in central Turkey”. The article claims that it is a Viking Age statuette of Odin, found at the home of a smuggler. Looking at the item it’s clear that the statuette is not from the Viking Age. […]
Were Runes invented in the Bronze Age
After a debate in the Facebook group “Norse Rune Writing/Translating” (in 2017) I became aware, that some people seem to think that the runes were invented in the Bronze Age. Then asked for sources guy who proposed the very early date could just say “I can’t remember which old dusty book I found it in […]
I took an arrow in the knee is not Old Norse slang
Many pages are sharing the following Meme at the moment The only thing that’s true in that meme is that it is mind blown. The idea comes from a modern game named Skyrim and was invented to make some guards have a conversation. There is no historical information that such an expression existed in Scandinavia […]
Midgard Serpent at the Mid-ocean ridge
I have many times seen this meme which is a manipulation of the plate boundaries to look like The Midgard Serpent (also called Jörmungandr) Often the Meme is followed by this text: “The myths are a storehouse of infinite knowledge. They speak of the Midgard Serpent lying at the bottom of the see. He encircles […]
The “Jord” Meme
This meme will appear regularly on different Facebook pages. When I read the Meme I feel it makes four statements, and I will look into each: 1. Jord was the first wife of Odin and mother of Thor. This is true, it can be attested in the lore (look for references in Simek; Dictionary of […]