Viking Age Iceland: Mord the Fiddle: A Leader

This is Part 8 of our ongoing series about Viking Age Iceland. For centuries, this island country, unique in Medieval Europe, operated with no king, no great lords, no foreign policy, and no defense forces but which developed legal and judicial systems to limit the violence of bloodfeud and protect the rights of freemen. Far out in the North Atlantic, Iceland was where theContinue reading “Viking Age Iceland: Mord the Fiddle: A Leader”

Viking Prophecy: The Poem Völuspá of the Poetic Edda

To see more Viking articles, click here. by Irina Manea The Völuspá (Old Norse: Vǫluspá) is a medieval poem of the Poetic Edda that describes how the world might have come into shape and would end according to Norse mythology. The story of about 60 stanzas is told by a seeress or völva (Old Norse: vǫlva, also called spákona, foretelling woman) summoned by the god Odin, masterContinue reading “Viking Prophecy: The Poem Völuspá of the Poetic Edda”

MU archaeologists reveal oldest writing system among Slavs to be Germanic runes

To see more Viking articles, click here. By Gabriela Peringerová, eng Nick Orsillo A one-of-a-kind discovery has been made by archaeologists from Masaryk University. At the Lány-Břeclav site in the Czech Republic, they found an inscribed animal rib alongside pottery of the Prague type, associated with the Early Slavs. This unique find provides the earliestContinue reading “MU archaeologists reveal oldest writing system among Slavs to be Germanic runes”