Viking Age Iceland: Language and the Term “Viking”

This is Part 6 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: Language and the Term “Viking””

Norway excavates a Viking longship fit for a king

By Laurence PeterBBC News Pyramids, castles, palaces: symbols of power and status have taken many forms down the ages, and for the Vikings what really counted was the longship. This month Norwegian archaeologists hope to complete their excavation of a rare, buried longship at Gjellestad, an ancient site south-east of Oslo. It is the firstContinue reading “Norway excavates a Viking longship fit for a king”

Gods Of Iceland: Hel, The Goth Loner Half-Zombie Queen

To see more Viking articles, click here.  By Hannah Jane Cohen, published in Reykjavik Grapevine on Nov 19, 2020. Superpowers: Owns a hellish underworld.Weaknesses: Susceptible to sulking. Very few friends. Half-zombie.Modern Analogue: Weird loner goth kid who becomes a dictator and punishes preps. Get on your knees, mortals, for now, it is time to talk about Hel,Continue reading “Gods Of Iceland: Hel, The Goth Loner Half-Zombie Queen”

Viking Age Iceland: Iceland’s Immigrants

This is Part 5 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: Iceland’s Immigrants”