How to Eat Like a Viking: It’s in the Cheese by Gina Conkle

  The Cheese Alternative In one part of Spain, there’s a tradition that tells of Viking raiders who came to conquer but got stuck on an island in the middle of a river because local fighters defeated them. Lore has it those Vikings traded in their war hammers to become cheese farmers, and to this day that region is known for its hard cheeses. Vikings are ever resourceful! Dairy products were the midsummer answer to food shortages....

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What About Heaven? With the Vikings, that is…Part 2

You can’t have Earth (Midgard) below…  (click to tweet) …and not have a heaven above!  That is heaven of Norse mythology, Asgard.  And no heavenly city would be complete with loads of silver and gold, right?  Odin had en eye for precious metals and facts and figures. (click to tweet) Here’s Odin’s Asgard by the numbers: 1  Odin made one great feast hall — Valhalla — with a roof made of golden...

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Where Did Life Begin? With the Vikings, that is… Part 1

The title could be “In the beginning…” or “Watch out!  Driftwood ahead!”  (click to tweet)     Huh, driftwood?  A little strange, I know. I’ll come ’round to that later. Find a comfy spot. Icelander Snorri Sturluson liked a good story.  He’s the one who put the Sagas into print about three hundred years after the Viking Age came to an end.  To really understand the...

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Top Ten Countdown: Why Vikings Are Cool

Top Ten Countdown: Why Vikings Are Cool  (click to tweet) 10. Excellent Weapons.   Can you say ax in three different styles?                         *Bearded *Broad-blade *Mammen (a richly decorated, ceremonial ax) Warriors of other cultures had their swords (Vikings did too), and they named their swords (Vikings did too). But, Vikings also named their axes. ‘Hel’, meaning death, and ‘Ogress of War’ are two...

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Why Do We Love Viking? Part 3

What were Those 300 Women Doing?     History’s full of famous 300s:  Sparta’s 300 vs. thousands of Persians at Thermopylae Gideon’s 300 vs thousands of Midianites near the Hill of Moreh But ever heard of 300 women warriors at the Battle of Bravalla?         Travel past ancient times to the 8th century and you find 300 shield maidens who fought for Danish King Harold Wartooth against Swedish King Sigurd. ...

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Why Do We Love Vikings? Part 2

50 Shades of Democracy…Or Were the Dark Ages Really That Dark?       When you hear about Vikings, terms like “rule followers” or “law abiding citizens” don’t jump to mind, right?  You’re more apt to picture a raider’s rampage with shield and ax. Okay, that’s so that’s not far off in many instances. But, you might also be interested in how democratic those Norse could...

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