The Ax, to a Viking, is more than just a weapon

The ax is probably the most characteristic weapon of the Vikings. One cannot think of the Vikings without thinking about their vicious axes. The Norse people evolved into an ax culture during their Stone Age period.  A period of time known as the Nordic Stone Age. The Viking Age is neither the beginning of the Norse people nor the start of their culture. The roots of the Norse go all the way back to the Megalithic and Neolithic Eras of the Stone Age. The Stone Age for the Norse was…

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Bizarre Viking Deaths: Sigurd the Mighty killed by a bite from a severed head.

Jarl Sigurd the Mighty, Viking ruler of Orkney, cut off an enemy’s head and hung it as a trophy from his horse’s saddle. Unfortunately, while riding, Sigurd grazed his leg on the severed head’s teeth and died from the resulting infection. Sigurd Eysteinsson, also known as Sigurd the Mighty, was the second Viking Jarl of Orkney and ruled from 875 to 892 AD. He was a leader in the Viking conquest of what is now northern Scotland. This was when the Viking presence in Scotland began to increase in the 830’s AD.…

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Stone Age Norse gave you the ability to digest Cow’s Milk.

It was during the time of the Nordic Stone Age that a prevalence of a gene that allowed adults of Northern European descent to digest lactose originated. This gene then spread to other cultures to become virtually universal. This was a genetic variant that was either rare or completely absent in early farmers from Central and Southern Europe. Lactase is an enzyme produced in the digestive system of infants and some (mostly European) adult humans to break down lactose. The lactase enzyme is essential in the digestion of whole milk.…

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is a fossilized Viking Turd.

This fossilized Viking Turd is one of the biggest pieces of ancient human sh*t ever found. Scientists determined that the creator of this hefty specimen was a Viking that lived around the 9th century AD, during the Viking Age. (Read: The Vikings by Njord Kane for more info about the Viking Age.) The fossilized Viking turd is called the Lloyds Bank coprolite.  It is a large paleofeces, or desiccated human dung specimen that was recovered by archaeologists excavating the Viking settlement of Jórvík (now York) in the UK.  The Lloyds Bank Coprolite (fossilised…

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Giants once walked the Earth and your own DNA can prove it.

There may be some truth to the old legends of giants in just about every culture in the World. The Norse (Vikings) called giants, “jötnar” pronounced “yoot-nar” (singular: jotunn or jotun). They are also known to the Norse as the þursar (singular þurs, pronounced “thurs”), which are a race of giants that live in a place the Norse call Jötunheimr. Jötunheimr literally translates from Old Norse as “Giant Home.” There was also referencing to Utgard (Old Norse Útgarðr) in Norse Mythology as being the home of giants.  There is much…

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In a Denmark village, you can see what life was like for the Vikings 1000 years ago

At the Ribe VikingeCenter in Denmark, located just 2 km south of Ribe, you can travel back 1000 years in time and experience what life was like for the Vikings. At the VikingeCenter entrance you get a glimpse of what’s inside when you’re greeted by the three Norns whom hold your destiny. The Norns spin your thread of life and know everything about your past, present and future. Admission to the Ribe VikingeCenter starts through the center’s gift shop, which is located in the barn of the Manor Farm. This is where you buy your ticket and receive up-to-date information. The gift shop offers a wide range…

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Viking Duels

The Vikings settled disputes by Holmgang. The Norse upheld a legal system much like courts, but not everything could be settled by talks and negotiation. This is when justice demanded the blood of another. A Holmgang was a duel and a commonly recognized way to settle disputes by the Norse. The word “holmgang” translates to “Island Walk” which refers to a hide or cloak which was about three meters long on each side that was staked to the ground of which was the boundaries that the participants had to stay…

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The Vikings

Awaken the Viking Legend Inside You! Learn the History and Culture of the Norse! From early Nordic Stone Age civilizations that began the Ax Culture to the Age of Viking Expansion. The story of the Norse is a Viking adventure in history. The history and evolution of the Vikings began when the first ancient Nordic tribes made their first stone battle axes. A complex Norse society and culture evolved that groomed legendary warriors whose voices still roar out today. Take a journey into the Age of Viking Expansion where Ragnar Lothbrok, Rollo,…

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