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Harald Hardrada

While many of us were still grieving about the end of the History Channel’s epic Vikings series, Netflix threw us a lifeline and announced that it would be working with the same creators to make a sequel, Vikings: Valhalla. This new series will be set 100 years after the current show and will tell the…

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Freydis Eiriksdottir

It was not just Viking men, but also Viking women, that were known and feared as ferocious warriors. Of all the Viking shield maidens whose stories have been preserved, Freydis is probably the most ferocious. The daughter of Erik the Red, she travelled to Vinland in the Americas where she terrified the natives. She was…

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Norse Runes

Almost as famous as Viking warriors are the Nordic runes, evocative symbols that have a feel of magic about them. Indeed, the Vikings themselves thought that these symbols, that they also used for the mundane such as commerce and politics, carried magical powers. Read on to learn more about the origins of the Nordic runes,…

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Viking Weapons and Armor [Top 10]

Many stories of terrifying Viking warriors have come down through history. Their ferocity in battle is legendary. But what often makes one set of warriors more successful than another is not their greater ferocity, but their superior technology when it comes to weapons and fighting techniques. The Vikings themselves understood the importance of their weapons.…

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Ragnar Lothbrok Real or not ?

Ragnar Loðbrók Reality or Fiction? – By Arith Härger 1.Was Ragnar Loðbrók a real historical figure, or a fictional heroic character? We need to take into consideration two main aspects when we deal with historical sources concerning legendary heroes: In the case of Ragnar we have to take in mind that all the things that…