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.

How to Write an Authentic Runic Inscription

July 19, 2014
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In my previous post on How to Translate Into Runes Correctly I wrote that no such thing as a correct representation of an English or Old Norse text in Norse runes can be achieved in practice. I know it sounds quite disappointing. Let’s consider what can be done about that. The practical advice I gave […]

How to Translate into Runes Correctly

July 12, 2014
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You cannot translate anything into runes, full stop. Runes are not a language, they are signs devised to represent the sounds of a language, the same way as letters. You also cannot represent anything in runes correctly. No kind of correctness standard may be applied to the Viking Age runic inscriptions, at least in the […]

Old Norse Proverbs: Quotes from the Hávamál

May 27, 2014
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Hávamál or Sayings of the High One is part of the Elder Edda also known as Poetic Edda. The high one is Odin, and thus all the sayings of this Eddaic poem are attributed to the Allfather. In the original Old Norse the verses are composed in the meter called Ljóðaháttr, which in the Viking Age […]

Ten Viking Hoard Finds You Haven’t Heard About

May 5, 2014
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The Silverdale hoard and the Vale of York hoard were discussed a lot both in the press and the blogs. However, there are at least 10 more Viking hoards that have been discovered during the last 10 years, which you probably have not heard about. 1. September 2012, Bornholm, Denmark. A Viking Age treasure consisting […]

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 […]