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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...
Woman wielding sword, retrieved from https://heroineimages.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/lady_bernice2.jpg (cropped for shape)--Viking Dragon Blogs
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The Passing of the Ring (Andvari's Curse, Part X)

So Atli and Gudrun were wed, and they rode away together to his country. But his dreams became dark and full of death-omens so that he feared his wife....
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...
"Sigurd and Brunhild's Funeral Pyre" by Charles E Butler, 1909, retrieved from https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b9/f2/39/b9f2395f1bc9760d1b3b9c7ca0156723.jpg--Viking Dragon Blogs
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The Passing of Sigurd and Brynhild (Andvari's Curse, Part IX)

 An earlier blog post, "The Quarrel of the Queens," described how the spell of forgetfulness lifted from Sigurd so that he remembered how he had loved, pledged troth to, and lain with the Valkyrie ...
Brynhild, armed, advances on Gudrun; picture by Arthur Rackham, retrieved from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e6/Ring56.jpg--Viking Dragon Blogs
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The Quarrel of the Queens (Andvari’s Curse, Part VIII)

Brynhild’s rage broke out and she swore that Gudrun would pay for stealing Sigurd. She added, truly enough, that Sigurd had had to be drugged into loving Gudrun, whereas he’d loved Brynhild first ...

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