Álfablót: Sacrificing to the Elves

It was around the year 1019 when we traveled eastwards into Sweden with our cloaks tightly bound in search for warmth, Sigvat the Poet and I. Winter's icy grip was strengthening over the land as summer faded with the leaves, but King Olaf II of Norway (now known as St. Olaf) had sent Sigvat there … Continue reading Álfablót: Sacrificing to the Elves

Spring Arrives with Baldr

Today is the first day of spring, which, for me, is a day to admire the constant renewal of life in the world around us. More specifically, though, I always find myself thinking of Baldr, who (as many of us know) returns from Hel to restore life to the post-Ragnarok world. As stanza 59 of Völuspá recounts:  … Continue reading Spring Arrives with Baldr

The Poetic Edda: Studying a Source for Norse Mythology

In recent years, the popularity of the Norse myths has grown exponentially. With bestselling books such as Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology and History Channel’s award-winning television series Vikings, the stories of the Norse gods and their human heroes have become a part of our modern cultural life. The thousand-year-old deities that encompassed a rich oral … Continue reading The Poetic Edda: Studying a Source for Norse Mythology

The Gatewatch: A Troll Hunting Saga

Long ago the northern realm of Noros was wild and full of wicked trolls. Torin Ten-Tree’s great grandfather defeated [...]

‘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 [♪]

Writing a Saga for the 21st Century: The All Father Paradox

What is the All Father Paradox novel about? You might have heard of the Grandfather Paradox? It’s a serious hazard for any would-be time travellers. Imagine you invented a time machine. It is possible for you to travel back in time, meet your grandfather and kill him, all before he sired his own children (your … Continue reading Writing a Saga for the 21st Century: The All Father Paradox

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.

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