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Norse Runes and Viking Runes: A Complete Guide

This section provides the sign, name, phoneme (sound), and short description of the meaning of each of the twenty-four runes that comprise the Elder Futhark. The given meanings are based on the medieval Rune Poems exclusively. Where our present knowledge isn’t extensive enough to give an explanation of which one can be reasonably certain, this …

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Viking Mythology: The Most Powerful Norse Goddesses

Viking Mythology: The Most Powerful Norse Goddesses

Like Odin, Thor, and Loki, the Vikings also worship many powerful female gods in the Nordic Pantheon. Here are four that played an indispensable role in Norse mythology. Frigg As the goddess of fertility, motherhood, and prophecy, Frigg is known to be Odin’s wife and therefore the highest of all female gods. Despite her daunting …

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The Fiercest Viking Women Warriors and Shield Maidens

The Fiercest Viking Women Warriors and Shield Maidens

Many of the women of Norse Mythology were portrayed as either stern, supportive matrons or wild harridans who could wield weapons, make war, assault, battle, brawl, and fight fiercely enough to keep up with any men. Many of the Viking and Norse gods reflect the ideology of their people, with many of the goddesses all …

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Ravens in Norse Art

Did you know that for centuries, Norsemen, viking chieftains, and other Scandinavian kings all flew a raven banner? Through the 9th, 10th, and 11th centuries, written records of battles in the British Isles and beyond report sighting the raven banner flying among viking armies. Why would so many different armies, across three centuries, fighting for …

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Dragons In Norse Myth

Most of us can imagine a dragon. We’ve seen them in movies, tv shows, cartoons. On shirts and promoting products. They’re usually depicted as gigantic, towering lizard-like creatures with massive wings, long, serpent-like necks, and a terrible.. sometimes downright evil, intelligence. But the vikings had no access to such media: when they imagined dragons, they …

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