Viking Age Iceland: Mord the Fiddle: The Law

This is Part 9 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: The Law”

Elves & Dwarves in Norse Mythology

To see more Viking articles, click here. by Irina Manea Elves and dwarves represent minor divine figures in Norse mythology. Elves (álfar) and dwarves (dvergar) have in common their talent for creating precious objects, skill, agility, and moral ambiguity. Dwarves appear in several important stories, such as the one about the forging of Thor’s hammer, or dragon Fafnir’sContinue reading “Elves & Dwarves in Norse Mythology”

How a Viking king inspired one of our best-known modern technologies

To see more Viking articles, click here. A Swede and American tell the story of how they hatched the idea for the moniker ‘Bluetooth’ over beers. At the end of the 1990s, Sven Mattisson, a Swedish engineer working at telecom group Ericsson, and Jim Kardach, an American employed by Intel, were among those developing theContinue reading “How a Viking king inspired one of our best-known modern technologies”

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”