If you ask people which was the most common weapon during The Viking Age, you’ll probably hear that it was the axe, or the spear, or perhaps the seax. Some will claim it was the iconic Viking sword. While it is true that everybody had a knife of some sort, and that most people used an axe on a daily basis, the most common weapon during The Viking Age was actually the bow.
Not far from where I live, there was a Viking ship buried in a mound. In 1867, it was excavated and several years later, it ended up in the Viking Ship Museum […]
This is going to piss some people off. But it has to be said, and since I haven’t yet seen anyone address this issue, it’s up to me to put on my gloves and do the dirty work. So let’s get to it.
When I was a younger man, I had a hard time relating to Odin. The Allfather, the king of the Aesir, seemed somewhat gloomy. He was to me a symbol of the past and the death that awaits all men. This has changed…
Dear friends, I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday! Without getting into a discussion about what might make these few last days of the year holy to you, let me just […]
What did the Vikings carry with them? Not a big, shiny sword, that would have been quite uncommon. (Carrying a sword was probably as rare as owning an expensive sports car is […]
My novel Jomsviking has been chosen as one NORLA’s 10 fiction titles for the fall of 2017. NORLA – Norwegian Literature Abroad – is a governmentally funded organization that promotes the export […]