Velkomnir, gestir mínir! (Welcome, my guests!) Gather around, friends; the fire is still warm and lively! One night, a fair bit ago now, a raven flew into my hall bearing an interesting question from an anonymous wanderer. It has particular relevance to this gift-giving season (Jól (Yule/Christmas) for some), which is quickly approaching us. Allow … More Gift-Giving in the Medieval North
Originally posted on Tumblr on: February 27th, 2017. Anonymous asked: “I hear the term “weights” often in heathen circles. I know little more than that they are land-spirits. I would like to learn more about them and how they were honored and their place in old nordic practices. I thought you might be willing to … More On Landvættir: An Exploration of Primary Source Examples and Suggestions for Further Reading.
Originally posted on Tumblr on: September 8th, 2017. ruimtetijd asked: “Hello, vinur minn! (I’m learning haha!) I have a question I’ve been thinking about since I’ve started reading the Poetic Edda, and delving into the stories. To what extent do you think Snorri’s Christian background influenced his writings? Obviously, there are many parallels, and many of … More Snorri Sturluson: Keeping the Old Alive with the New.
Originally posted on Tumblr on: August 11th, 2017. Anonymous asked: “Hi Fjorn! I saw your response the other day to the anon over at asatrucommunity who asked about the intersection between Christian and Norse gods, and how some of this intermingled. It sounds fascinating because I always assumed the two were diametrically opposed. Could you … More The Old Gods and the New: Sitting on the Spiritual Fence.
Today we talk about the remarkable Aud the Deep-minded, an impressive woman from medieval Iceland who boldly saved her family from destruction and became one of Iceland’s most famous settlers. But there’s a catch: she hasn’t always been remembered in quite the same way. In the sagas recounting her deeds, she has been called both Unn and Aud; and although they each refer to the same person, those names reflect alternative versions of both her story and her identity. And so, the aim of this gathering is not only to enjoy her impressive saga(s), but also to unravel the different ways that she has been remembered by the authors who retold her story throughout the medieval period.
Make sure to visit the Hall’s website (link below) for a complementary interactive map displaying Aud’s journey and links to the sagas and academic materials mentioned in today’s gathering!
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🌿 “Fjörn’s Melody,” by Fjörn the Skald
🌿 “Interlude,” by Fjörn the Skald … More Unn or Aud? The Saga(s) of a Remarkable Woman who Settled Part of Iceland
In this gathering by the hearthside, we’re sharing the stories of three legendary swords from the sagas of the medieval North: Gramr, Sköfnungr, and Grásíða! And while we do, we’re going to find them plunged into trees by a strange old man, stolen from burial mounds by Icelandic Vikings, and manhandled by a headstrong poet. But if that’s not interesting enough, we’re also going to slay a dragon, cut off someone’s back end, introduce ourselves to a sword-dwelling snake, and fix a broken blade with some sorcery. By the end, we’ll not only have cool stories to tell our friends, but also learn a thing or two about what these swords meant for the people telling their tales. Honestly, what’s not to like? It’s a great deal! So tune in to Fjörn’s Hall, if you’d like to hear more!
Make sure to visit the website/blog for a complementary map and links to all of the academic material mentioned during this gathering!
“Fjörn’s Melody,” by Fjörn the Skald (Intro/Outro Theme)
“Epic Heroic Orchestral Music” by SoundFlakes
“Medieval Combat” by Yap_Audio_Production
“Bodhran Irish Drum” by pogmothoin (www.kickblue22.com/)
“Celtic Tin Whistle” by luis_audp
“Macedonian Tambura” by Tomlija
All music/sounds are licensed under Attribution License: (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) … More The Swords of Norse Legend, with Gramr, Sköfnungr, and Grásíða
Gleðilega þjóðhátíð! Today is June 17th, which means that it is Icelandic National Day! To celebrate, I am sharing the Saga of Iceland’s Independence, which explores the history surrounding Iceland’s road to independence — Join me in the Hall to learn more! … More The Saga of Iceland’s Independence
In this gathering by the Hearthside, I share the history of the medieval North’s farmsteads and agriculture. While many of us flock to learn about raids, runes, and magic, this blog-post offers a refreshing look into the daily lives of the Norsefolk. Join me by the Hearthside to learn more! … More Farmsteads and Agriculture
What was the ‘Viking’ homeland like? What kind of environment was it? What hardships did they face? How did the land shape their society? Who lived in there? And what kind of kingdoms were there? — Join me on this Raid to explore the history of the Vikings! … More The Norse Homeland
Who were the Vikings? What were they really like? Were they really all violent berserks? What was their reputation? Is it true? And what was their world like? — Join me on this Raid to explore the history of the Vikings! … More The Vikings and Their Era
What was healing like in the medieval North? Were there any gods/goddesses for healing? Would healers have worked with them? Could runes be used for healing? If not runes, what herbs did they use to make their smelly broths? What was their practice like? — Join me by the Hearthside to explore the history of healing in the medieval North! … More Healing in the Medieval North
Velkomnir, gestirnir mínir! (Welcome, my guests!) 🍃 Please gather around, friends, for another anonymous wanderer has sent a request to this hall! I hate to admit that it was long ago now, but a raven once came to me bearing this message: “i’d be curious to hear from a possibly more academic side how you see … More Drinking in the Medieval North
Velkomnir, gestirnir mínir! (Welcome, my guests!) 🧙🏻♂️ As many are of you are already aware, today is popularly regarded as Yule Day, while tonight is Yule Night. Yet, although I too regard this day as the ‘New’ Yule, I must inform you all that this is not truthful! Long ago, Yule was likely celebrated on … More Sagnaskemmtun: King Hakon the Good Complicates Yule.
Velkomnir, gestir mínir! (Welcome, my guests!) 🧙🏻♂️ Today is Old Yule Eve, and I have quite the story to share with you all tonight! A wanderer by the name of paganoldsoul requested that I tell stories about Odin and Yule, and so I have found one worthy of a retelling. While it may not be exactly … More Sagnaskemmtun: Hord and the Mound of Soti the Viking.