Norse Parliament Site Discovered on Scottish Island



A site on the Scottish island of Bute has been identified as a Viking gathering place known as a “thing” in Old Norse, used to make political decisions, promulgate laws and settle disputes.

The mysterious mount, known as Cnoc An Rath, has been known to archaeologists since at least the 1950s. However, its identity has been in question for several decades, with many suggesting it might have been a medieval or prehistoric farm site. According to The Herald Scotland, archaeologists now feel that this Viking parliamentary site was likely the seat of power for Ketill Flatnose, a powerful Viking ruler whose bloodline would go on to settle Iceland.

The key to the theory of the site being a Norse “thing” was a new study of the island’s place-names. The etymology of the names suggested many archaic designations for locations around the island could have indeed incorporated the word “thing”. Follow-up field investigations in the form of excavations have yielded preserved surface samples that have been radio-carbon dated back to when Norse raiders and settlers were active in and near the Argyll coast.

The analysis involved pieces of charcoal, according to archaeologist Paul Duffy, the head of Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage Consultancy. In an interview in the newspaper, Duffy recounted how the charcoal had been dated to the latter days of the kingdom of Dalriada – and the inception of Norse settlement on Bute. Eventually the date for the site was narrowed down to between the late seventh century and the late ninth century CE, which is within the window of certainty as to when Vikings were active in the region.

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You Might Have Heard … Viking Chief Buried in His Boat Found in Scotland


Reconstruction of what the burial site unearthed at Ardnamurchan might have looked like. (Credit: Geoff Robinson)

The first intact Viking boat burial site to be found on the British mainland was discovered recently in Scotland, archaeologists announced. The grave contains the body of a Norse warrior thought to have been a chieftain or other high-ranking figure, lying with his weapons by his side in the remains of a rotted ship. He was likely interred during a ritualized pagan ceremony roughly 1,000 years ago, according to the researchers.

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OCTOBER 19, 2011

View From Space Hints at a New Viking Site in North America – New York Times


Douglas Bolender, left, and Sarah H. Parcak, right, looking for evidence of a Viking presence in Point Rosee, Newfoundland. If confirmed, the site would be the second known Viking settlement in North America.  Credit Greg Mumford

A thousand years after the Vikings braved the icy seas from Greenland to the New World in search of timber and plunder, satellite technology has found intriguing evidence of a long-elusive prize in archaeology — a second Norse settlement in North America, further south than ever known.

The new Canadian site, with telltale signs of iron-working, was discovered last summer after infrared images from 400 miles in space showed possible man-made shapes under discolored vegetation. The site is on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, about 300 miles south of L’Anse aux Meadows, the first and so far only confirmed Viking settlement in North America, discovered in 1960.

Since then, archaeologists, following up clues in the histories known as thesagas, have been hunting for the holy grail of other Viking, or Norse, landmarks in the Americas that would have existed 500 years before Columbus, to no avail.

But last year, Sarah H. Parcak, a leading space archaeologist working with Canadian experts and the science series NOVA for a two-hour television documentary, “Vikings Unearthed,” that will be aired on PBS next week, turned her eyes in the sky on coastlines from Baffin Island, west of Greenland, to Massachusetts. She found hundreds of potential “hot spots” that high-resolution aerial photography narrowed to a handful and then one particularly promising candidate — “a dark stain” with buried rectilinear features.

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a book of trothOriginally written in 1988 as the foundational document for the Ring of Troth (now known simply as The Troth), A Book of Troth is Edred Thorsson’s vision of how Germanic paganism, or Ásatrú, can be practiced in the modern world. A Book of Troth contains a complete liturgy of rituals for celebrating both personal turning points in the life of the individual and the Great Blessings of the Year. It provides the philosophical and historical background necessary for understanding the true significance of the Germanic Revival that is taking place today. And it outlines the rigorous academic and spiritual standards necessary to establish a permanent body of Elders who can carry Ásatrú forward into the new millennium.

This wholly revised third edition includes a new introduction by Ásatrú Folk Assembly founder Stephen A. McNallen, and also includes Edred’s seminal essay The Idea of Integral Culture: A Model for a Revolt Against the Modern World.

After years of waiting, this classic of modern Germanic religion is now available from Amazon. You can order immediately on the “2 new from…” link; we shipped books to Amazon today and they will be in stock via the Amazon web site imminently. It will also be available from the Asatru Folk Assembly web site store.

Hail the Gods!
Hail the Folk!

Stephen McNallen



Quite a picture, isn’t it? A row of white people, kneeling, chains on their hands, heads bowed, “So sorry” printed on their shirts…

It makes me want to puke.

Portland Community College is holding a “Whiteness History Month” – an obvious parody of serious black, Native American, Asian, and whatever else months. This is more than just a cheap shot at white people, it is insulting, venomous, hateful…and, I might add, racist.

What you see in this picture is the antithesis of Asatru, and especially Asatru as we practice it in the Asatru Folk Assembly. Asatru is a native European religion, comparable to Native American and native African beliefs. It is innately tied to the peoples of Europe. We are proud of our ancestors; the pathetic wretches pictured above are ashamed of theirs. We hold our heads high, they stare at the ground like the whipped dogs they are. Their hands are chained together in a pose of supplication, or what is much the same, Christian prayer. They are beaten…and we are rising, moving forward to victorious affirmation of our identity as men and women of European descent. They hate their whiteness – we wear ours in pride.

I believe that every person on Earth should be proud of his or her race. I applaud that! But don’t tell me that I should be ashamed of mine.

If you want to be like those sheep bound for the slaughter, please DON’T put in an application for the Asatru Folk Assembly. If, on the other hand, they revulse you as much as they do me, you might consider banding together with us, and stand with the brave and free.

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Hail the Gods!
Hail the Asatru Folk Assembly!

Stephen A. McNallen


The clock tower that stands on the grounds of City Hall in the capital of Norway, Oslo, has marked the passing of the hours with musical interludes for many years. Now at six and seven pm respectively, the 49 bells in the tower’s carillon will play “Changes” from David Bowie’s 1971 album Hunky Dory and, the track “Electricity” from what sadly turned out to be the last record Lemmy Kilmister would record with Motörhead, 2015’s, Bad Magic.

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At the request of the United States Department of Defense, the members of the Open Halls Project Working Group

open halls project serving military heathens

have written a Heathen Resource Guide for Chaplains. As part of The Norse Mythology Blog‘s continuing series on Heathens in the Military, this article includes background on the important event and provides the full text of the document, which has now been accepted by the Department of Defense.

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Vikings wanted!! Volunteer crew needed for Expedition America 2016 – no murder or pillage included


Their amazing ships enabled a few hundred thousand Scandinavians to shape world history.
They were the first great world explorers in the western hemisphere.  Most of western Europe has a Viking heritage of one sort or another. The Dragon Harald Fairhair  is a large Viking longship built in the municipality ofHaugesund, Norway. The Dragon Harald Fairhair brings the seafaring qualities of a warship from the old Norse sagas to life. It is a ship that combines ocean-crossing sailing capabilities with a warship’s use of oars.

Construction and maiden voyage

The Vikings left almost no record of how they built their ships and how they sailed them.

Building began in March 2010. The launching of the longship took place in the summer 2012. Because no one today has real experience handling a Viking ship of this size, the initial period will be one of exploring how to sail and row the ship, and for experimentation with the rigging along the coast of Norway. In summer 2014 the longship made its first real expedition from Norway to Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club, Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside, and back via various locations around the coast of the British Isles including the Isle of Man, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.

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Haggis originally brought to Scotland by Vikings, an award winning Scottish butcher argues


ICELANDIC “SLÁTUR” A Scottish butcher argues the Scottish national dish, Haggis, was originally brought to Scotland by Vikings, making it a descendant of the Viking delicacy still eaten in Iceland, slátur. Photo/Arnþór Birkisson.

A Scottish butcher who has spent the past few years researching Haggis recipes argues it dates back to the Viking invaders of the British Isles the UK newspaper The Telegraph reports. The paper argues the research of award-winning Scottish butcher Joe Callaghan, who has spent the last three years studying haggis shows “Scotland’s national dish is an ‘imposter’… invented by Vikings”. Callaghan also argues the original Scottish ingredient is deer, not sheep.

The “natonal dish of Scotand”, invented by Vikings
Haggis is a dish very similar to the Icelandic delicacy slátur: A sausage made by stuffing a sheep’s stomach with diced innards of sheep, liver as well as lungs and heart, mixed with a oatmeal, onion, pieces of sheep suet (solid white fat) as well as seasoning. Haggis is considered the “national dish” of Scotland, occupying an important place in Scottish culture and national identity.

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The Aurora Borealis … Disappearing?

Last chance to see the Northern Lights before they dim for a decade


Gazing up at the northern lights often appears on travelers’ bucket lists, but after next year, they’re going to be much more difficult to see.

No, the aurora borealis isn’t disappearing, but it is expected to appear less frequently over the next decade.

The northern lights take place on an 11-year solar cycle.

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