Author bio

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Bjørn Andreas Bull-Hansen is a multi-genre Norwegian author and screenwriter of several epic novels, including most recently the ongoing Jomsviking series, and earlier The Anubis Trilogy and the Tyr series. While it’s true that Bull-Hansen is an author to the modern world, he prefers to be thought of within his customary role. Continuing a tradition forged centuries ago by his Viking ancestors, Bull-Hansen is a traditional Viking skald, sharing the history and mythology of Norse culture. Like skalds of old, through his historical knowledge, vividly written novels, and lifelong fascination with Norse mythology, Bull-Hansen conveys Viking culture – his culture – to the people of a new generation.

Bull-Hansen was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1972, and grew up in a suburb that was, at the time, quite rural. And here comes a big cliché: it was not a very happy childhood. He spent most of his youthful years excluded from social interaction with other kids his age. However, growing up in isolation makes one a good observer. Spending the majority of his time alone, Bull-Hansen began building imaginative worlds and learning about Norse mythology at a very early age. He knew he wanted to be an explorer, an actor, or a novelist.

Then came the game changer. Bull-Hansen started lifting weights when he was 13 years old, and after never being very good at sports, he discovered he could do things very few 13-year-olds could! It gave Bull-Hansen the confidence to lift his head and to start pursuing his dreams. Unfortunately, while nearing the completion of his economics studies, Bull-Hansen was in a car accident that fractured his neck. Bull-Hansen was back in the gym only 7 days after the accident. However, due to neurological trauma, parts of his neck, shoulders, and jaw were numb and Bull-Hansen lost his place on the Norwegian Junior Powerlifting team. He was 23.

Unwilling to accept defeat, Bull-Hansen turned to his other passion – writing. Already having been writing for 6 years, he submitted his first manuscript to a publisher, and his first book was published after only a few months.

Several years later, Bull-Hansen experiences a major breakthrough as an international author with the critically acclaimed Jomsviking. Still, Bull-Hansen chooses to live his life with a steadfast conviction to his own virtues, all of which are grounded in Viking culture. Now a father and living on a fjord once ripe with vicious and deadly battles, with the history of his people at his feet, Bull-Hansen’s connection with his past is awoken each time he steps outside his home or is on the water in his sailing yacht.

Facts:

Born in Oslo, Norway in 1972

Novelist and screenwriter

Bilingual writer – Norwegian and English fluency

Vast body of acclaimed and bestselling novels

First novel published at age 24

Part of a father and son – team doing bushcraft and Viking lifestyle channel on Youtube

Yachtsman, modern day viking, historic archer … a low tech man in a high tech world.

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