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Valhalla

In Cosmology by Skjalden

Valhalla (Old Norse: Valhǫll) is the hall of the fallen warriors in Norse mythology. Valhǫll is two compound words, Valr meaning “dead body on a battlefield”, and hǫll meaning hall. …

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Yggdrasil

In Cosmology by Skjalden

Yggdrasil is an eternal green ash tree in Norse mythology. It stands in the middle of the world, with branches that stretch out over all of the nine realms. Each …

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Bifröst

In Cosmology by Skjalden

In Norse mythology, Bifröst is the rainbow bridge that connects Asgard (home of the gods) with Midgard (home of humans). Bifröst has three colors and it is so big that …

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Ginnungagap

In Cosmology by Skjalden

Ginnungagap is the great yawning void of emptiness that existed before the cosmos was created in Norse mythology. There was nothing in the beginning, only darkness. Ginnungagap consists of two …

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The Nine Realms in Norse Mythology

In Cosmology by Skjalden

There are nine realms in Norse Mythology, they are called Niflheim, Muspelheim, Asgard, Midgard, Jotunheim, Vanaheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim, Helheim. The nine worlds in Norse mythology are held in the branches …

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What is Norse Mythology?

In Cosmology by Skjalden

Norse mythology is incredibly rich and deep lore, full of many great stories and poems from Scandinavia and the Germanic countries. Norse mythology which is also known as Germanic mythology …

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The Last Song – Yxengaard

In Denmark, Events by Skjalden

The last song event is a live-action role-playing experience (LARP), where the participants will be playing characters during a time of cultural crisis. It is a fictional story that is …

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Vikingting at Tingvatn

In Events, Norway by Skjalden

Every year the Vest-Agder-Museum in Norway holds the Vikingting event where they share their passion for history and celebrate their cultural heritage with the visitors. The location is filled with …

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Moesgaard Viking Moot

In Denmark, Events by Skjalden

If you have an interest in the Viking Age, then you should definitely visit Moesgaard Viking Moot in Denmark. This annual event takes place near the city of Aarhus, and …

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Trelleborg Viking Festival

In Denmark, Events by Skjalden

Every year, for one week only in July (week 29), Trelleborg Museum is hosting the annual Viking festival right next to the Viking fortress, Trelleborg. This event has something fun …

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Dwarves

In Gods and Creatures by Skjalden

The dwarves (Old Norse: dvergar, singular, dvergr) are creative and skillful beings in Norse mythology. They came into existence from the rotting flesh of the giant Ymir. When the Aesir …

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Vanir

In Gods and Creatures by Skjalden

The Vanir is an old branch of gods in Norse mythology, they are associated with health and fertility, and especially sorcery. The word Vanir is plural and Vanr is the …

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Valkyries

In Gods and Creatures by Skjalden

In Norse mythology, a valkyrie (Old Norse: Valkyrja, plural Valkyrjur.) are female humans (possible former nobles), or female Jotnar who has been chosen by Odin to serve. Their role is …

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Huginn and Muninn

In Gods and Creatures by Skjalden

In Norse mythology, Huginn and Muninn are Odin’s two ravens. Huginn is the old Norse word for “thought” and Muninn is the old Norse word for “memory”. Every morning at …

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The Ejstrup Viking Treasure

In Viking News by Skjalden

In the middle of February 2020, a Viking treasure was found on a field between Rødding and Vejby in Denmark. It was not found during a planned excavation, it was, …

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The Helm of Awe

In Symbols, Vikings by Skjalden

The Helm of Awe or The Helm of Terror (Old Norse: Ægishjálmr) is probably one of the most recognized Icelandic symbols, and according to Norse lore, anyone who wears this …

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Plant Dye Colors in the Viking Age

In Vikings by Skjalden

Our knowledge of the colors that were used during the Viking Age derives from excavations of burial sites, where the archeologists have been lucky enough to find remains of textiles. …

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The Raven Banner

In Vikings by Skjalden

The Raven banner… the flag flown by the Vikings when they raided the shores of their victims across Europe, or so the story goes… In reality, the raven banner was …

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Who were the Vikings?

In Vikings by Skjalden

The Vikings were the people who lived from the 8th century to the 11th century in Scandinavia. They came from what today is Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. During the Viking …

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Vikings seduced women across Europe

In Vikings by Skjalden

The Vikings have through history been depicted many times as dirty unsophisticated barbarians and an image that is still being used quite often in many of the popular Viking movies. …

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