Runes are heavily associated with Vikings. Not only did they leave thousands of runestones behind them that still dot the Scandinavian landscape, but they also carved runes during their expeditions, forever marking Greek statues and walls in magnificent temples. What are the runes, where did they come from, and do they possess magical powers?
It might be old news to some, whilst others will be surprised by the fact that Vikings were considered the cleanest, best dressed and most groomed Europeans of the early medieval ages. Fact is that they were flamboyant show-offs that managed to seduce even married women. Let’s have a look at how far they took their grooming.
It still feels odd whenever some stranger calls me «brother». It feels strange — but in a good way. I’m getting these emails and messages almost every day now, from people all around the world. Some ask about my novels (will they be translated into this or that language soon), others comment on my blogposts. And many feel, as I do, that we have some sort of kinship — we are brothers and sisters of the Viking spirit.
During work on a square in Falköping, the town closest to Grimfrost, an interesting find was made in November 2016. It’s always fantastic when these puzzles are unearthed, and it’s naturally even more fun when it happens right where you dwell. It makes the world a bit more magical.
We get asked a lot about what Viking-related sites should be visited when in Sweden. The truth is that it’s a very difficult question to answer. We do, after all, have thousands of runestones dotting the landscape, burial mounds, ship settings, and countless other historical sites...
I am often asked to explain and help people understand the Norse gods and Ásatru. The fact that people ask me to do this is of course a compliment, but it’s also quite impossible to provide absolute answers. In fact, I would say that those who claim to know the full meaning of any Norse god is sort of missing the point. Yes, we know a lot about the Norse gods, but there are no absolutes when it comes to the Norse faith.
Who were the Varyags? What is a Norseman, or a Norman for that matter? There are a lot of different terms and definitions which can be quite confusing. Let’s have quick look at it and go through the basics.
We have all heard of Odin’s two ravens, Hugin and Munin. But did you know that they actually symbolize the human mind? They do, and as it often is with Norse mythology, there is wisdom here that is more relevant than ever.