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 […]
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 […]