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What does the Old Norse word ‘Viking’ mean?

From academia to pop culture, many of us refer to all men, women and children from 8th to 11th century Scandinavia as ‘Vikings,’ whether they are the vicious warriors from The Last Kingdom or the ...
Odin acting as Santa at Yule - Viking Dragon Blogs
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Yule, Odin & Santa Claus

 Yule was one of the most important festivals in the old heathen calendar. As the days drew short and the nights grew long, there were celebrations as well as a tinge fear in the cold, crisp air. T...
The Origins of Yule - Viking Dragon Blogs
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The Origins of Yule

In Scandinavia they don't call it Christmas (Christ-Mass), instead they still retain the old pagan name for the Yuletide celebrations which they call Jul (pronounced Yule). Yule was a pagan fest...
"Stream of Fire and Ice" by BoldFrontiers, https://www.deviantart.com/boldfrontiers/art/Stream-of-Fire-and-Ice-612162971--Viking Dragon Blogs
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The Beginning of the World

In the beginning was the Yawning Void in which was neither heat nor cold, light nor darkness, until a spark arose and kindled, feeding on itself, into a vast world of flame.   At the far end of the...
Gerd enthroned, with Skirnir standing over her: 1920 illustration by Harry George Theaker, retrieved from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger%C3%B0r#/media/File%3ASkyrnir_and_Gerda_by_Harry_George_Theaker_1920.jpg--Viking Dragon Blogs
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The Winning of Gerd

The Norse god Frey was the son of Njord of the Vanir and the brother of Freya. Like Njord and Freya, he was beautiful and well-beloved, and men sacrificed to him at marriages. But the story of Frey...
Jormungand towing Hymir and Thor through wild waves: "Thor fishing," retrieved from https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3yvOWiYzOZc/WDsNK7mu3JI/AAAAAAAAA6U/7rdRpG3g0GULwOZDgRmBstPydfT7ZkpOwCEw/s1600/thor-fishing.jpg--Viking Dragon Blogs
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Thor, the Giant's Kettle, and the Midgard Serpent

   In between their epic battles and their prodigious journeys, the Norse gods were fond of feasting. Once they invited themselves to the hall of a giant named Aegir who kept a good table. Aegir d...
Painting of armored women riding war-horses through the clouds: "Valkyries" by W. T. Maud, retrieved from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a6/Valkyries_by_W._T._Maud.jpg--Viking Dragon Blogs
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Brynhild's Origin and Brynhild's Love (Andvari's Curse, Part VI)

An earlier blog post described how the young hero Sigurd rode through a wall of fire to waken Brynhild, the beautiful armored woman who lay asleep within the enchanted ring. He had been told that s...
Sigurd bends over the sleeping Brynhild: "Siegfried und Brunnhilde" by Charles Ernest Butler, 1909, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Br%C3%BCnnhilde#/media/File:Charles_Ernest_Butler_Siegfried_und_Brunnhilde.jpg--Viking Dragon Blogs
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Regin's Death and Brynhild's Waking (Andvari's Curse, Part V)

An earlier blog post described how the young hero Sigurd killed the dragon Fafnir, who had once been human. Sigurd was egged on to this exploit by his foster-father Regin, who told Sigurd (truly) t...
Wedding guests staring at the sword Odin has thrust into the oak:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigmund#/media/File:Sigmunds_Schwert_(1889)_by_Johannes_Gehrts.jpg-Viking Dragon Blogs
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Sigurd's Origin (Andvari's Curse, Part IV)

'Sigurd and the Dragon' described how Sigurd killed the dragon Fafnir, thus getting for himself fame, wealth, and Andvari’s curse. But even before he met Fafnir, Sigurd had inherited a complex load...

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