The Viking Rune logoThis blog is on Vikings and for Vikings. Warriors and traders from Scandinavia reached as far as North America, leaving lasting marks of their presence everywhere. In battle, Vikings feared nothing, eager to join Odin in his hall in heaven. They knew that Valkyries chose who would die and served the fallen in Valhalla. Norse runes and symbols speak an important message for those who abide by the Viking Age values. Be welcome.

Viking Hairstyles: Is Ragnar’s Haircut Historical?

March 14, 2014
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Lately, I have been receiving a lot of questions concerning Viking hairstyles, all inspired by Travis Fimmel’s fancy haircut in The History Channel’s Vikings. A recent blog post Ragnar Lothbrok’s Viking Style by Nancy Marie Brown inspired me to delve deeper into the matter. The present article will quote the original sources on Norse male […]

Norse Mythology Symbols in Vikings Season 2 Trailer

February 28, 2014
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The first to appear here is a huge tree. It is symbolic of the world ash tree, Yggdrasil, which is central to Norse cosmology. Gods go to the world tree daily to assemble at their meetings. The imagery of the following scenes connects the characters of the series with various gods of Norse mythology. Ragnar […]

Gnezdovo: Varangian Settlement Near Smolensk, Russia

February 23, 2014
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Gnezdovo is an important Varangian center of the ancient Russia that flourished between the 9th and 11th centuries. It is larger than the Viking Age settlements in Birka, Dublin and Ribe. Gnezdovo is perhaps second only to Hedeby, but its unique feature is that no later city is built on the site, so that excavations […]

British Museum Launches a Major Viking Exhibition

February 17, 2014
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Vikings: Life and Legend will be the first significant exhibition on Vikings organized by the British Museum in about 30 years. The event, starting in March 2014, is supported by BP and will open the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery, expressly built to house such temporary activities. The incredibly rich collection of the Viking Age artefacts that […]

How to Write a Name in Runes Correctly for a Tattoo

February 10, 2014
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Developing a great design for a tattoo is critical in case you seriously plan to get inked. If you are about to have a Norse or Viking tattoo, I bet you want to include some Nordic runes into it. Tattooed inscriptions in foreign languages or written in unusual characters may well be a source of […]

Nordic Runes Primer for Starters: Futhark 101

February 6, 2014
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Nordic runes are writing systems developed by Germanic tribes. It is not certain whether the first Germanic runic alphabet was based on a preceding form of writing, for instance Old Italic alphabets. It may well be an original Nordic invention, since the oldest runic inscriptions were discovered in Northern Germany and Denmark. The word Futhark […]

My Top 10 Favorite Quotes from Icelandic Sagas

February 2, 2014
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1. One’s back is vulnerable, unless one has a brother. Ber er hver að baki nema sér bróður eigi. The Saga of Grettir the Strong, chapter 82 2. There are more things to be thought of by men than money alone. En fleira er mönnum til hugganar en fébætur einar. The Saga of Grettir the […]

A Guide to Writing in Norse Runes

September 28, 2013
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If you want to write something in Norse runes, you have probably discovered that the task is rather challenging. This guide will help you through all the necessary steps. To begin, one has to look into how it works, and then figure out what kind of inscription is needed, since each type of converting into […]

Mel Gibson’s Berserker: Real and Visceral

December 10, 2012
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Three years ago I wrote about an untitled Viking project developed by Mel Gibson. Since then many sad things happened; Mr. Gibson’s personal life has been widely discussed in the news. Many talked about his pariah status in the Hollywood. The Beaver was not successful. His other recent project, Get the Gringo, went straight to […]

My Favorite Norse Proverbs and Sayings

December 6, 2012
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Today I would like to share with you a few proverbs from Scandinavia. Feel free to post your own favorite Norse and Viking sayings in the comments below. Icelandic Proverbs Neyðin kennir naktri konu að spinna. The necessity teaches a naked woman how to spin. Sjaldan er ein báran stök. There seldom is a single […]