Yuletide with Egil and Arinbjorn

Gather 'round the hearth, Hall Companions! I have been gone for quite some time wandering about gathering some much-needed fresh air, but now it is time for me to return and share a story---and given the time of year, I'd say a tale about Yule is in order! Last year, we talked about how the Yule …

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The Old Norse-Icelandic Calendar

This blog post will teach you how to tell time like a Viking! Well....not exactly. First of all, not all Scandinavians were Vikings, but that's a conversation for another post (like this one). Secondly, the information that we actually do have about the Norse calendar comes from medieval Icelandic sources, hence why I constantly add …

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The Saga of Iceland’s Independence

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!

Drinking in the Medieval North

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 drinking/alcohol playing into heathenism? i've heard …

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King Hakon the Good Complicates Yule

As many are of you are already aware, this time of year is popularly regarded as a Revived Yuletide with the Winter Solstice typically being the beginning of this 'New' Old Yule. Yet, although I too regard this day as a New Yule, I must also admit that this is not historically true. Long ago, …

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