Extract from THE GREAT HEATHEN ARMY “Ivar the Boneless and the Viking invasion of Britain”

Ivar “The Boneless” now the head of the formidable Ragnarsson clan gathered together a large coalition of Viking warlords under his father’s sacred Raven Banner. The objective of the fore coming campaign was to conquer and settle the Island of Britannia. The Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms of England would face the initial Viking onslaught. Out of the fog of the North Sea Ivar’s massive fleet of some 10,000-15,000 battle hardened Norsemen landed on the East Anglian shore. East Anglia may have been chosen for strategic reasons, being a much smaller Kingdom than that of Northumbria, Mercia and Wessex.



It would have been unable to resist the Great Heathen Army without help from the neighbouring Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. Also it may also have been an easier rendezvous point for the Viking contingents coming from Frisia and the other parts of continental Europe.

The East Anglian landings fooled King Ælla that he was not the target of Viking aggression. Ivar’s heathen host spread out across the land and forced the King of East Anglia, Edmund to negotiate and provide the Vikings with horses and provisions.
Ivar and the army wintered in East Anglia and gathered intelligence on events in Northumbria. All was not well in the Northern Kingdom for King Ælla was in the midst of a civil war with Osbert, another contender for the Northumbrian crown. With the Northumbrians divided, Ivar “the Boneless” decided the time was right to launch a surprise attack.


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The Blót

The word blót (Icelandic and Faroese: blót) is the Old Norse and Old English representative of the Proto-Germanic noun blōtą “sacrifice, worship”. In pre-Christian times the sacrifice was made of grains, or flowers, or wine but the most effective and powerful type of sacrifice was one of blood.

In those days most people either were, themselves, farmers or knew someone who was. Butchering livestock was a common experience.

Most people today would be shocked and sickened if they witnessed (or worse took part) in the slaughter and dressing of an animal.

These pictures were taken at a Yule Blót in 2013.  Thanks go to the Gallows Tree Kindred out of Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Returning home, Troy Wisehart wrote this at Indianapolis Int Airport

 As I await my flight I am reflecting on yesterday’s live Yule Boar Blot. I can honestly say without exaggeration that this was an amazing event! David Taggart organises a Yule Blot every year but this one was exceptional. The boar was a magnificent 325lb animal named “Slick” for his ability to escape. Slick knew his role in the blot yesterday and literally positioned himself for the killing cut and waited bravely. Godi Lonny Heft did the kill with a short handled spear with amazing courage and skill. There is no doubt in my mind that Thor himself was present at this sacrifice and throughout the day. Phillip Traicoff and another friend butchered the boar expertly and many guests took large portions of sacred pork home to their families. Much thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy lives and spent hard earned cash to participate in this sacred event! Sig Teiwaz!


The short handled sacrificial sword and Slick in the cage


Godi Lonny Heft(l) blessing Slick and thanking him for the great sacrifice he’s about to make


Slick being comforted as he bleeds out


Slick is dead and being prepared for bathing …




The Thor blessed blood of Slick.  The evergreen twig will be used by the Godi to sprinkle those in attendance.


Slick’s meat offering will be cooked and eaten that night for the Kindred’s meal. What is left over will be divided among the participants and sent home with them.

Five Hundred New Fairytales Discovered in Germany

King Golden Hair

King Golden Hair, one of the newly-discovered fairytales

A whole new world of magic animals, brave young princes and evil witches has come to light with the discovery of 500 new fairytales, which were locked away in an archive in Regensburg, Germany for over 150 years. The tales are part of a collection of myths, legends and fairytales, gathered by the local historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810–1886) in the Bavarian region of Oberpfalz at about the same time as the Grimm brothers were collecting the fairytales that have since charmed adults and children around the world.

Last year, the Oberpfalz cultural curator Erika Eichenseer published a selection of fairytales from Von Schönwerth’s collection, calling the book Prinz Roßzwifl. This is local dialect for “scarab beetle”. The scarab, also known as the “dung beetle”, buries its most valuable possession, its eggs, in dung, which it then rolls into a ball using its back legs. Eichenseer sees this as symbolic for fairytales, which she says hold the most valuable treasure known to man: ancient knowledge and wisdom to do with human development, testing our limits and salvation.

Read one of the fairytales: The Turnip Princess

Read more here

Here People Still Were Using Runes in the 20th Century


Alvdalen Valley Sweden

Älvdalen in Sweden is so isolated that people recently stopped using runes, and they are still speaking their old Norse-influenced language. (Photo: Albert Jankowski / Wikimedia Commons).

In Scandinavia, use of runes ended during the 13th century. In isolated Älvdalen in Sweden, however, inhabitants not only continued using runes but also developed their own language with many Norse elements.

People in Älvdalen (English: the River Valley) used runes as late as the 20th century, so-called Dalecarlian runes. Deep forests and high mountains isolate the valley located in Dalarna County in Central Sweden. The area also has its own language, Elfdalian, still spoken by locals.

In the Nordic countries, runes were the dominant written language before the introduction of Christianity and the Latin alphabet in the 800-900s.

– This is probably the last use of runes in Scandinavia. It is quite exceptional, says linguist Henrik Rosenkvist to the research portal Forskning.no

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Norwegian Vikings Cultivated Hemp


Cannabis Farm Viking Age Norway

1300 years ago, hemp was cultivated on Sosteli Iron Age Farm in Vest-Agder county. (Photo: Morten Teinum / Visit Sørlandet)

On a secluded Iron Age farm in Southern Norway, archaeological findings show that it was common to cultivate cannabis in the Viking Age. The question is how the Vikings used the fibers, seeds and oil from the versatile plant.

For more than fifty years, samples from archaeological excavations at Sosteli Iron Age Farm have been stored in the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, according to an article on research portal Forskning.no.

Analyses show that in the period between the years 650 and 800 AD, i.e. the beginning of the Viking Age, hemp was cultivated on the remote mountain farm.

This is not the first time there are found traces of cultivation this far back in time, but Sosteli stands out.

– In the other cases, it is only…

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