Episode 9: Sacrificing to the Elves

Occasionally, Viking fans and modern-day Norse pagans throw around the term álfablót (elf-sacrifice), but what does that actually involve? What is an elf-sacrifice, anyway? And what is it for? In this episode of the Fjorn's Hall Podcast, I share a few stories from medieval sources dealing with this topic: sacrifices made to the elves. Although … Continue reading Episode 9: Sacrificing to the Elves

‘Viking’ Love Stories [♪]

Download When it comes to love in the medieval North, these are some of the most essential stories to know. We start things off with a fairly detailed discussion of Freyja, the free-spirited goddess of love and war, which includes some coverage of her ferocious cats and her experience with magic (seiðr). But after that, … Continue reading ‘Viking’ Love Stories [♪]

Like Norse Mythology? Here are Some Resources.

Of course, I do have my own fair share of resources about Norse mythology here in the Hall, including Lore Tomes about the Norse Gods, several posts about the Land-Spirits (including a podcast episode), and information regarding the Old Norse-Icelandic Calendar. But for those who really want to explore this topic further, here are several … Continue reading Like Norse Mythology? Here are Some Resources.

Feuding, I: What is Feud? Solving Problems with an Axe (ft. Beowulf)

Many of the great sagas and ancient lore from the medieval North recount endless, bloody feuds between generations of prominent families: a conflict ends, peace...

Land-Spirits, III: Dealing with New Neighbors

☞ Before reading: This is part III of the (slightly modified) written form of the Fjörn's Hall Podcast episode titled "Landvættir: The Land-Spirits of the Medieval North." You may listen to it here, or you may enjoy it in written form below! Looking for part II? Dealing with New Neighbors: Iceland's Settlers Encounter the Land-Spirits … Continue reading Land-Spirits, III: Dealing with New Neighbors

Land-Spirits, II: Don’t Scare Them!

During the late 9th century, Norse famers, mostly from Norway and including a few small-scale chieftains, migrated to a new island... Read more:

Advice from Odin, II: New Year

Some folk say that a new year means little more than a changing date, but most people see this time is an opportunity for renewal. For those seeking to better themselves this year, I hope that you all succeed in fulfilling your oaths---and we shall drink to your honor this night, as we celebrate! In … Continue reading Advice from Odin, II: New Year

Advice from Odin, I: Drinking

This advice is always good to follow, but I tend to share it the most around New Year's (for fairly obvious reasons). That said, whether it is that time of year or not, allow me to share some of Odin's warnings and advice about drinking. After all, we should all drink responsibly. Besides, I don't … Continue reading Advice from Odin, I: Drinking

Land-Spirits, I: What Are They?

In the next few Hearthside History posts, we’re going to talk about the landvættir, or the land-spirits of the medieval North. A lot of folk hear about them whenever October comes around because contemporary followers of the Old Ways consider them important during harvest-related holidays, such as Vetrnætr (Winter Nights), which was between October 19th … Continue reading Land-Spirits, I: What Are They?

#GunnarsGang, IV

Occasionally, the Hall’s companion Gunnar Hnefataflsson embarks on a mission to promote the sagas of the medieval North, the scholarship that surrounds them, and discover new stories that have been inspired by them. These are the books that he found this time: #WednesdayWisdom A Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture (edited by Rory McTurk) https://www.instagram.com/p/BqueuLVgSGi/Continue reading #GunnarsGang, IV