Category: Scandinavia

Vidkun Quisling-  The Norwegian Benedict Arnold

Most people know about Benedict Arnold, the general during the American Revolution who sold out to the British because his wife was a gold digger.  (For more on that, please see post http://www.historynaked.com/benedict-arnold/ ) Well, Norway had one too.  Vidkun Quisling’s name has gone down in the popular vernacular as a byword for collaborator and […]

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Sigyn

Little is know about the Norse goddess Sigyn (pronounced SIG-in) what we do know is she had great love for her family and incredible endurance and compassion. Being the wife of the trickster God Loki had to be difficult. Her name means “victory woman”. The only known tale of her involves Loki’s punishment for killing […]

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Erik the Lawgiver-   Myth or Man

One of the medieval saints of the Catholic Church was Erik the Lawgiver.  He was also called Erik Jedvardsson, and was said to rule Sweden from 1150 to May 18, 1160.  There were no contemporary Swedish accounts of his reign, although he is briefly mentioned in the Sverissaga, a Norwegian epic written around the time […]

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Ingjald the Ill-Ruler

Taken from the Ynglingatal, and the Latin Historia Norwegiae and written in the 12th Century Ynglinga saga as part of the Heimskringla, by Snorri Sturluson, is the legend of the King of Sweden circa 7th Century, Ingjald Illrade (the Ill-Ruler), son of Anund. When Ingjald was around six years of age, he had occasion to […]

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