Mjölnir … The mighty Hammer of Thor. And
Ægishjálmur … the Helm of Awe … an ancient runic protective talisman.
I never leave home without either.
Spearhead, Iron, Silver
Runic inscriptions on the silver coated socket read ‘Rane owns this spear’ and ‘Botfus carved’. Weapons with runic inscriptions are rare, and this one is decorated with silver which makes it one of a kind. The ornamentation is an example of a particularly fine craftsmanship.
Stor-Vede, Follingbo, Gotland, Sweden
(Swedish King Björn)
They were a race of ferocious warriors, famous for their terrifying seaborne attacks and incredible shipbuilding abilities.
But if you thought the age of the Vikings was past, Björn Jakobsen, 66, king of a band of modern-day warriors from Malmö in Sweden, is living proof that for some, they never really went away.
Part of a community living and working in the Viking town Foteviken on the southern Swedish coast, Björn says the life of a Viking is a fascinating one and adds he has no plans to return to modern life.
(Viking life: King Björn (centre) and the other Vikings live and work in the village 24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
But while Björn ensures life in the Viking village is as authentic as possible, there’s one part of Viking life that he’s not allowed to recreate.
‘Really, it depends what you mean by raids,’ he muses. ‘We have friends in [other Viking communities] in Europe and we visit each other and each other’s markets.
‘We swap Viking tools. We travel all over the place because there are Vikings all over Europe.’
While raids on the British coast might be out of the question, there are still some other forms of entertainment available to Bjorn and his band of modern-day Vikings.
Read more here
Thanks to Melanie at A Beautiful Bite
The man who explores
the world beyond his village
will better understand
the motivations of others
-Hávamál: Stanza 18
There’s really only so much you can learn from a book. At a certain point, if you really want to understand a person (or a culture) you need to leave your couch and go see it for yourself. In Anthropology there is a common term used for those who write about a culture, but never explore it themselves. We call them “Armchair Archaeologists”.
It’s only in the past hundred years that the Anthropological community has figured out that this is a problem, yet here we are looking at a verse written about 800 years ago, warning us about this very problem.
Guess some things never change!
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