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Scottish Vikings

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Over 700 Viking items to choose from!   Shop now!             Scotland played an important role in Viking raiding, trading, and colonization; and the Vikings played an important role in the history and national identity of Scotland. While several references in surviving sagas and other Norse lore strongly state that Scotland was best avoided – being a land of fierce savages and abominable weather – many Vikings obviously ignored the advice. In addition to the rich supply of archaeological evidence, Scotland boasts some of the highest Nordic DNA outside of Scandinavia, and shares many cultural similarities with Norway. Within a relatively short period of time in the early ninth century, Vikings had taken enough territory in Scotland...

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The Rus of Kiev and the Varangians

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All these aspects bear witness to how Swedes understood their participation in the building of the Russian state, and the link between the Russians and their Viking ancestors.

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Viking Symbols and Meanings

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Symbols play an important role in Norse culture.  The spirituality of the Norse Vikings was so ingrained in their culture and thought process that they had no word for religion.  There was no separation – as there so often is today...

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Irish Vikings

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In December of 2017, the massive Irish DNA Atlas project published findings that today’s Irish population could be as high as 20% Norse.

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Santa and Odin - Christmas and Yule

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When going to war, Odin rode on Sleipnir’s back. And while the other Norse gods were known for having chariots that were drawn by magical flying beasts (like Thor’s goats or Freya’s cats), the Eddic poem, Sigdrifumal, mentions Sleipnir having runes cut into his teeth and onto the straps of his sleigh, which proves that Sleipnir (at least at times) pulled a sleigh ...versus a chariot.

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Ragnarok: The inevitable, cataclysmic destruction of everything.

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It is a grim tale of doom, where those of us who have listened to the many wonderful tales of gods and heroes must now watch them die.

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The Viking Sieges of Paris: History, Myth, and Significance, Part 2 of 2

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With mocking laughter they banged their shields loud with open hands; their throats swelled and strained with odious cries … 

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The Viking Sieges of Paris: History, Myth, and Significance, Part 1 of 2

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Ragnar and his Danes were consummate fighters, but up to this time the Viking way of war was not usually one of siege craft.

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What Was the Vikings' Greatest Weapon?

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In the early ninth century, the Vikings tore through Europe, wreaking havoc and consuming territory at a level that filled their victims with awe and dread.

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Viking Runes Guide | Runic Alphabet Meanings | Norse / Nordic Letters

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NOTE: Full tables of the Elder Futhark and Younger Futhark are available at the bottom of this article.  Runes In Norse lore, the god, Odin, impaled his heart with his own spear and hung on the world tree, Yggdrasil, for nine days and nights all to perceive the meaning of the runes. The runes were symbols that sprang from the Well of Urd – the source of fate. Odin made his sacrifice at great anguish and risk to himself because he knew that the runes conveyed deep meaning, and if he could understand their meaning he would gain profound wisdom and power. So, we see from this story how the Vikings thought of runes not merely as letters but as having potent virtues within themselves of a metaphysical...

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