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Viking Sunstone – Iceland Spar

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Many people have for quite some time been wondering if the Vikings used a sunstone (Icelandic: sólarstein) to navigate the sea. Historians, researchers, and even folks down at the local …

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The Helm of Awe

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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

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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

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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?

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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 …