Category: Scandinavia

Freyja

She is considered the goddess most associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death. She is the owner of the necklace Brísingamen, rides a chariot pulled by two cats, keeps the boar Hildisvíni by her side. She is also considered a priestess, and taught Odin the magic arts. She has a magical […]

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Lagertha

She was a woman not to be taken likely. Strong willed, fearless, and one-time wife of the famous Viking Ragnar Lodbrok. Lagertha was, according to legend, a Danish Viking shieldmaiden from what is now Norway. Lagertha’s tale is recorded in passages in the ninth book of the Gesta Danonum, a 12th century work of Danish […]

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Heimdallr

A mighty god in Norse Mythology he keeps watch for the onset of Ragnarok, all the while drinking fine mead in his home Himimnbjorg, located where the burning rainbow bridge Bifröst meets heaven. He possesses the great horn Gjallarhorn, the golden-maned horse Gulltoppr, has gold teeth, and is the son of Nine Mothers. These nine […]

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Freydis Eiriksdottir – Legend of a Viking Woman

Everything that is known about the life of Freydis is based in legend(s), however, we do know that she really did exist and she was the daughter of Erik the Red. As can be noted, Eiriksdottir is translated into Erik’s daughter in much the same way that Leif Eiriksson is translated to Erik’s son. The […]

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KING CANUTE THE GREAT

King Canute was an accidental king. If it wasn’t for another of our infamous kings he probably would never have even come to our shores. That King was Aethelred or Ethelred the Unready. Of course his name is not exactly what it seems, Unready meaning more ill-advised than unprepared and ill-advised he certainly was. For […]

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