If you want to start a physical fight in Norway, you only need to bring up the subject of wolves, or more precisely, you need to say out loud that you want lots of wolves out in the Norwegian woods. If you do that, someone will probably stand up and call you names, while clenching his fists.
Writing this, the Viking festival season is just over and I already miss it. I will probably go to York and stay there at the Viking festival in February, and until then my Viking crafts projects will keep me busy. But still, those autumn months always feel so long here in Norway …
I’ve always been interested in the design of things, and especially those things we use in our daily lives. Since I love the outdoors and bushcraft, it has long been a dream […]
I rate parenting as the sixth most important Viking skill, although I am tempted to say it should have been number 1 — it’s that essential.
Have you ever wondered what men feel about rapists? In this blogpost, I will try to explain what men really think about those who rape and why we feel that strongly about this. You might find that the truth is not like some feminists want it to be.
What did the Vikings look like? Or, more importantly, what’s the difference between a present day “Viking” and the Vikings back in the good, old days?
The Scandinavian summer is the time of the Viking festivals. During a few, hectic months, Viking reenactors and craftsmen come together at various places to trade, exchange stories and sit around the campfire.
Imagine being a child in Viking Age Scandinavia. Have you wondered what it would have been like? I often do. In fact, in order to understand a culture and a society, I find that studying those childhood years makes me able to understand the whole culture far better. After all, we all start out as children.
We are fascinated by the Viking mentality. Their fighting spirit and their tenacity seem to have captivated the attention of an entire generation. And while I believe most people don’t really get who the Vikings were, I also believe that those of us who work with this historical era every day, need to be inclusive and stop judging people for their lack of knowledge. Even archeologists I know hesitate to call themselves experts on this subject. It’s so clouded by centuries of monotheistic dogma that it’s only now that we are really beginning to understand the Viking world.
Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved spending time in the woods. Now that I’m a father, I can enjoy the company of my kids and also teach them the art of bushcrafting. We’re very lucky to have the woods right behind our house – the forest has always been a natural part of our lives and a place where we feel at home. Here’s a video from our latest adventure – enjoy!