International Viking day
core themes are limited gods, trickery, doom, and heroism
The gods are the inhabitants of Asgard, which is just one of 9 worlds. The other words are homes to ice giants, fire giants, dwarfs, humans, and other creatures. There is no God sitting above all worlds, though we are rooting for the Aesir of Asgard. The Aesir aren’t even the only godlike beings. There are also the Vanir, who mix with the Aesir, but are their own race.
Odin has to earn his powers. He plucks out his own eye to exchange for a drink from a well that grants great knowledge. He impales himself on the world-tree at the axis of the 9 worlds with his great spear in order to gain mastery of the magic of runes. He relies on magic items, pets–such as the two ravens, Thought and Memory, that bring back knowledge of the world–and his allies.
One of Odin’s key allies is Loki, the trickster god, descended from frost giants. Unlike in the Thor comics, Loki is actually the blood brother of Odin. Odin relies on Loki’s cunning to outfox others, such as the giants. This theme of trickery appears in other contexts, where Loki is a villain, attempting to fool Thor and others. Remember that ancient Germanic people loved riddles and valued cleverness as well as strength.
Loki’s trickery ultimately leads to the gods’ doom, starting the world-ending battle known as Ragnarök . This sense of doom is always there beneath the stories. The Norns are three women who weave the fates of god and men.
In the face of the death that must come to us all, gods and great warriors show heroism, fighting monsters. The greatest mortal warriors go to the heroes’ hall, Valhalla, upon death, where they can feast and drink until the ultimate war, Ragnarök.
Volsug– decendents of Odin through Ragnar
Ynglings-decended of Frey from Aslug
Hliðskjálf,- Odin’s Throne
Valfǫðr (Father of the chosen-slain)
Skol-cheers (offereing friendship and goodwill to other northmen when drinking during special occasions)
Ver her- were here
Gods and Myths of Northern Europe.
This is a little more than just the myths. I didn’t care for it mostly because by the end it’s written as if Christianity came before The Norse Pagan religion when in fact it did not, Christianity was waging a war on those they deemed Heathen (anyone not Christian)
‘I still have the book, though I don’t believe I will read it again.
500 years before Italian explorer Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ America;
Norse Explorer Leif Erikson son of Eric the Red in the year 1000
was the first European to set foot on the North American continent.
Sadly we do not learn of Leif’s discovery in school, only Columbus’
(apparently the Board of Ed is controlled by some Christian group)
In 1964 Lynden B Johnson proclaimed the day to be Leif Erikson day.
other Notable Viking Days
May 17- Norwegian Constitution day
This is a good video, tho there are some good points and bad points
Lothbrok is a nickname in old Norse interpreted to mean “hairy Breeches” . The nickname is thought to come from the breeches he wore during a fight with a dragon in one of the legends. Ragnar was married three times, Lagertha, Thora (a noblewoman) and Aslug, which bore him 6 sons (and no girls unlike what the Vikings tv series) Bjorn was not firstborn nor Lagertha’s son but Aslug’s. There are many contradictory stories but one has Ragnar as the son of a swedish king, and in historical circles is supposed to be an amaglomation of several figures due to timelines and locations.
Uncovering History in the news
Ivar The Boneless
He spans history and legend a famous warrior and one of the leaders of ‘The Great Heathen army’ that landed in 865 and went on to conquer them and Northumbria. He lead the raid in Ireland on Dumbarton on Clyde. Ivar is not mentioned in Englaish annal;s after 870 however likely spent the remainder of his career around the Irish sea and his death is recorded in Irish annals in 873 remembed as the founding fatherof the royal dynasty of the Viking Kingdom of Dublin and his descendants at various points also ruled other parts of Ireland, Northumbria and the Isle of man. There are many theories to his nickname. Some believe it was that like in the show he had brittle bone disease’ others believe it was a metaphor for impotence, that he was very flexible or as noted above the nickname ‘beinlausi’ could also be translated as ‘legless’ which might indicate lameness, like the loss of a leg in battle or simply being a drunkard.
Days of the Week
Monday – mánadagr=moon’s Day (Mani)
Tuesday- Tysdagr= Tyr’s day
Wednesday- óðinsdagr =Odin’s day
Thursday- þórsdagr= Thor’s Day
Friday- frjádagr-Freya’s Day (or Frigg’s Star)
Saturday- laugardagr – Washing Day
Sunday- sunnudagr= Sun’s Day
Months (& celebrations)
(looking for the source for this. The original site I had it on mucked it up)
Month- Norse trans. Celebration
January -Giuli- Snowmoon
February – SolmÃ³naÃ¾ -Horning Charming of the plow
March – HrÃ©dmÃ³naÃ¾-Lenting
May – Ãrimilchi-Merry moon
June- LÃÃ¾a – Midyear
August- WÃ©odmÃ³naÃ¾- Harvest -Freyfaxi
November- BlÃ³tmÃ³naÃ¾- Fogmoon
Cnut the Great
The ultimate viking success story, The younger son of Svein Forkbeard (that paints a picture doesn’t it?) King of the Danes who conqured England in 1013 but died almost immediately. Cnut’s brother Harald inherited the Danish Kingdom this left Cnut possibly still in his teens to restore his father’s authority in England which reverted to Anglo-saxon King Ethelred the 2nd. Cnut had conquered England in his own right by 1016 , cementing his position by marriage to Etherlred’s widow. Not only did his success come through victory but in a few years became a King of Denmark peacefully. This was the first time all of Denmark and England were under the rule of one king. Come 1028 Cnut conqured Norway and established the largest North sea empire seen before or since however it fragmented following his death in 1035. While under the rule of Cnut Denmark benefitted from regular trade and an influx of ideas as well as a material wealth. Towns became more upoirtant as economic and administrative centers, Coinage was developed as well as as the influence of the christian church established. The traitor even went on a peaceful pilgrimage with the pope. He’s more an Anglo saxon king than a Viking but his greatest success illustrates the great strength of Vikings…their abiity to adapt to a variety of cultures and circumstances. So the very fact that many of Cnut’s acheivements seem rather un-viking, makes him in some ways the ultimate.
Putting the Thor in Thursday the days of the week from Tuesday to Friday are named after the Norse gods,,,
Tuesday is Tyr’s Day
Wednesday is odin or a variation of the name .. Woden’s day
and Friday is (I always mix Friday’s up) It’s either for Frey, Freya or Frigg
Thursday is reserved for the God of Thunder none other than Thor (the protector of Midgard aka Earth)
“On Thursday evening one must neither spin nor hew. The Esthonians think Thursday holier than Sunday. What punishment overtook the transgressor, may be gathered from another superstition, which, it is true, substituted the hallowed day of Christ for that of Donar (Thor): “He that shall work on Trinity Sunday (the next after Pentecost), or shall wear anything sewed or knitted (on that day), shall be stricken by thunder.”
Thor is the Norse god of Thunder, wielding his hammer Mjolnr, which when struk, makes thunder.Thor is also associated with Lightning, Storms, oak trees, strength, Protection of humankind, as well as hallowing, healing and fertility. During the roman empire period, the Germanic peoples adopted the roman calendar and replaced the roman gods with their own… the Latin dies Iovis “day of Jupiter’ was converted to proto germanic it with Þonares degaz “Thor’s day” in which stemmed the english Thursday. Beginning in the Viking age personal names containg the theonym Thórr are recorded with frequency. Prior to the Viking age, no known examples are recorded. Thórr-based names may have flourished during the Viking age as a defiant response to attaempts at Christianization, similar to the widescale Vikingage practice of wearing Thor’s hammer pendants
The Challenge of Thor
I am the Thunderer!
I am the God Thor,
I am the War God,
Here in my Northland,
My fastness and fortress,
Reign I forever!
Here amid Iceburgs
Rule I the nations;
This is my hammer,
Miölner the mighty;
Giants and Sorcerers
Cannot withstand it!
These are the gauntlets
wherewith I weild it,
And hurl it afar off;
This is my girdle;
Whenever I brace it,
Strength is redoubled!
The Light thou beholdest
Stream through the heavens
in Flashes of crimson,
Is but my red beard
Blown by the night-wind,
Affrighting the nations!
Jove is my brother;
Mine eyes are the lightning;
The wheels of my chariot
Roll in the Thunder
The blows of my hammer
Ring in the earthquake!
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
First off, in Norse ‘myth’ its Valkyries not one of the name Valkyrie, the character was made up by Marvel. not to mention the character for the movie looks NOTHING like a Valkyrie which used to be those who’d go to the battlefields and decide what warriors/soldiers would be taken to Valhalla. Of the Valkyries One’s name was brunhild I believe Lagerda was another
Pagan’ religion I’ve come to find is usually used as a term for any and all religions NOT Christian as I’ve seen it used for Egyptian, Roman and Greek and many others.
From what I’ve read The Norse/Vikings rarely wrote. usually Runes were used mostly to carve weapons (spells or named battle gear) or to honor the dead and so on.(like the runestones But the common norse would not have known. I read somewhere it was usually the priests, Black smiths and those that were ‘mystics’
I think You may have made a little typo. Its not MIME’s well.. it is Mímir’s well. No where else does it say mime’s (in my books, on wiki, Norse blog, nor other sites)
Svǫrt verða sólskin
of sumor eptir,
veðr ǫll válynd
Vitoð ér enn, eða hvat?
Brœðr muno beriaz
ok at bǫnom verða
Hart er í heimi,
—skildir ro klofnir—
áðr verǫld steypiz.
Mun engi maðr
It sates itself on the life-blood
of fated men,
paints red the powers’ homes
with crimson gore.
Black become the sun’s beams
in the summers that follow,
weathers all treacherous.
Do you still seek to know? And what?
Brothers will fight
and kill each other,
will defile kinship.
It is harsh in the world,
—an axe age, a sword age
—shields are riven—
a wind age, a wolf age—
before the world goes headlong.
No man will have
mercy on another.
6 Vikings Rulers You should know (+ video)
Ragnar’s Forgotten Wife not really sure how much to put into this, as I KNOW the History channel show is based on history, (but also uses creative license. Ragnar and Rollo were not brothers but were made so for the show to tell about 2 iconic people of Viking history.)
Came across this, though it sounds like a speak n spell
AS for reading anything by Snorri-Sturluson(just click the link)
The Norse “Zombie”: The Aptrganga
The Norse “Zombie”: The Aptrganga pic.twitter.com/tAn6BJ2Xf7
— Jackson Crawford (@Norsebysw) October 31, 2016
known as fierce warrior as his archetypal Viking nickname shows. He was involved with raiding around the British Isles and in the Baltic since his early teens. He was (at different points) a King of Western Norway and at another time King in Northumbria where he still has a legacy in York’s Viking based tourist industry. How he got his nickname is less impressive, as it came from kiling several of his brothers. Erik and his wife Gunnhild (who was either a Danish princess or Witch from Northern Norway) between them were responsible for the deaths of 5 of his brothers. His brother Håkon the Good challenge Eirik for the kingship of Norway during the growing unpopularity of Eirik and his wife, and wasn’t able to muster enough support and fled without a fight. bloodaxe was wiling to even give his enemies fair hearings however was said to be under the thumb of his dominating wife which made him ‘too easily persuaded’ which from this description makes him come off as more like a cartoon characterHagar the Horrible anyone? More than a real viking hero.
I purchased this years back, probably when I was still in school. I still re-read it from time to time. There’s not much more I can mention other than it includes a short history section, Rune Tables and associations, Myths and Deities, as well as spell work and more, Celebrations as well (but these are the same for any pagan or Wiccan) . Buy Now
sites & sources
thenorsegods is good for a beginner to start or just give you a refresher for those that are rusty.
Aud the Deep-minded
also known as Deep-Wealthyshe she is remembered as one of the great founding settlers of Iceland. She was the daughter of the Norweigain chieftain Ketil Flatnose. Was the wife of Olaf the White the King of Dublin in mid 9th century and following his death moved to Scotland with her son Thorstein the Red a great warrioror and who became a king of a large part of north and western Scotland. Later Aud took her grand-children with her to the settlement of Iceland in the 870s . SHe had a ship built and sailded first to the Orkney, married off one of her grand-daughters and back to Iceland claiming a large piece of land in the west. She was accompanied by friends and famiy along with SCottish and Irish slaves the last group of which she set free granting them each a small part of her larger claim of land encouraging loyalty from their descendants to hers.