Venturing West: The Vikings’ Route to America - The Viking Dragon Blog
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Venturing West: The Vikings’ Route to America

We all know that the Vikings were some of the most skilled seafarers of their day. Medieval Norsemen ruled a vast network of trading outposts and settlements, as well as full-blown colonies far fro...
The New Year’s Festival with Viking Roots - The Viking Dragon Blog
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The New Year’s Festival with Viking Roots

No one is quite sure how the Vikings welcomed in the New Year. In fact, there is a debate among historians as to exactly which month marked the beginning and end of the Viking calendar. But while w...
Viking Berserker Charging into Battle - The Viking Dragon Blog
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Viking Berserkers: Fury on the Frontlines

Viking history is rife with tales of warriors, either fearless and honourable or violent and cruel depending on whose source you’re reading. During the Viking-era, there was one group of warriors t...
Seidr: How the Vikings Saw the Future
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Seidr: How the Vikings Saw the Future

The Vikings believed that the universe around them was controlled by a rich pantheon of gods and spirits. In a volatile world, impacted so heavily by the seasons, disease and other forces of nature...
What Kind of Armour Did the Vikings Wear? - The Viking Dragon Blog
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What Kind of Armour Did the Vikings Wear?

The Vikings have gone down in history as some of Europe’s greatest fighters, waging war on battlefields from Ireland to Istanbul. What Armour did they wear?
Viking Age Ingredients for Medicine - Health and Healing in the Viking Age
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Health and Healing in The Viking Age

It’s hard to imagine how health and medicine would have looked almost a thousand years before the discovery of germ theory, antibiotics and anaesthesia. But even without our modern knowledge about ...
Did Vikings Really Have Tattoos - The Viking Dragon Blog
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What We Know About Viking Tattoos

Even if we don’t have any hard evidence that Vikings tattooed themselves, it’s not far from the realm of possibility. Tattooing was practised in Northern Europe long before the Viking age and is kn...
Did the Vikings Really Make Human Sacrifices? - The Viking Dragon Blog
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Did the Vikings Really Make Human Sacrifices?

Blood sacrifice was a central part of many Viking rituals, from established yearly celebrations to pre-battle rallying. While we know that sheep, cows, pigs and goats would often find themselves on...
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What Festivals Did the Vikings Celebrate?

As an agricultural and seafaring society, the turning of the seasons was very important to old Norse culture. The average Norseman or woman would have based their tasks for the day, week or month o...