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These Iron Age Swedish Warriors Were Laid to Rest on Luxurious Feather Bedding

To see more Viking articles, click here. By Livia Gershon Researchers say the various types of bird feathers used may hold symbolic significance. More than a millennium ago, two Iron Age warriors in Sweden’s Valsgärde burial ground were sent to the afterlife in boats equipped with helmets, swords and shields. To ensure the pair’s comfort, new research publishedContinue reading “These Iron Age Swedish Warriors Were Laid to Rest on Luxurious Feather Bedding”

A picture of Leif Eirksson's statue in Reykjavík, Iceland

Viking Age Iceland: Mord’s Values

This is Part 11 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’s Values”

Völsunga saga

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