Archive for the 'Vikings' Category


Amon Amarth – The Pursuit of Vikings


The warming sun returns again
And melts away the snow
The sea is freed from icy chains
Winter is letting go

Standing on the ocean side
We can hear the waves
Calling us out with tide
To sail into our fate

Odin! Guide our ships
Our axes, spears and swords
Guide us through storms that whip
And in brutal war

Our ships await us by the shore
Time has come to leave
Our country, family and homes
For riches in the east

Some of us won’t return
But that won’t bring us down
Our fate is written in the web
Woven by the Norns

A ram is sacrificed
Across the longship’s bow
And as we set our sails
A strong breeze starts to blow

It carries us out to sea
With hope of fame and pride
And glorious all will be
That with sword in hand will die

Odin! Guide our ships
Our axes, spears and swords
Guide us through storms that whip
And in brutal war

Odin! Guide our ships
Our axes, spears and swords
Guide us through storms that whip
And in brutal war

Five Common Historical Misconceptions Explained

Vikings, Lady Godiva, Napoleon, Vomitorium, Columbus

VIKINGS Coming to History Channel



HISTORY has announced their cast for the scripted series, Vikings. Hoping to bank on the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, writer Michael Hirst (The Tudors) created the series based on real life figures of Scandanavian history.  The story follows the family saga and rise to power of Ragnar Lothbrok, a great hero who pushed the limits of exploration and rose to become King of the Viking tribes.

Read more here.

Sagas of Icelanders

Sagas of Icelanders: one of the great riddles of literary history

Viking Age Triggered by Shortage of Wives?

The Oseberg ship

The Oseberg ship

From the article:
During the Viking Age from the late eighth to the mid-eleventh centuries, Scandinavians tore across Europe attacking, robbing and terrorizing locals. According to a new study, the young warriors were driven to seek their fortunes to better their chances of finding wives.

The odd twist to the story, said researcher James Barrett, is that it was the selective killing of female newborns that led to a shortage of Scandinavian women in the first place, resulting later in intense competition over eligible women.

“Selective female infanticide was recorded as part of pagan Scandinavian practice in later medieval sources, such as the Icelandic sagas,” Barrett, who is deputy director of Cambridge University’s McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, told Discovery News.

Although it’s believed many cultures throughout world history have practiced female infanticide, said Barrett, he admits that “it is difficult to identify in the archaeological record,” so the claim “must remain a hypothesis.”

To strengthen the argument, however, Barrett has reviewed and dismissed several other proposed causes for the Viking Age.

Read the article here.

Timeline of Art History – Europe 8000-2000 present

Anglo Saxon Disk Brooch and Two Pendants, all three early 600s

This site will provide more information then you can possibly take in at one time and as such it makes for a great reference site. This site basically covers the art history of sentient European man and otherwise. Also be sure to  check out this section on the United States here.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Timeline of Art History

Western Paradigm