One of the things with which modern Ásatrúar and other branches of the modern Heathen family are blessed is a comprehensive and effective means of moderating conflicts between individuals and groups. The Icelandic Sagas, Eddaic Poetry, and other sources of written lore give us a plethora of examples that can, and in my opinion should,… Continue reading On Conflict Resolution
The Scotsman reports today that an 11th century Þing site was accidentally discovered while construction was underway of a parking lot. I love the fact that we are still finding so many details of history – so much still remains to be rediscovered! Excavations at the Cromartie Memorial car park in Dingwall uncovered evidence of a… Continue reading Viking Þing site found in Scotland
Several websites are reporting on a study by Coventry University that analyzes social networks described in the Icelandic Sagas and concludes that the Vikings, far from the rapacious barbarians they are portrayed as, were in fact possessed of complex social, family, and community ties and interactions that belie their beserker image. It also calls into… Continue reading Study – Icelandic Sagas more historically accurate than previously thought
Wow… this looks so awful on so many levels it’s almost hard to describe.
Today Medievalists.net features a nice little article giving brief overviews of ten relatively obscure Icelandic Sagas, and in many cases give links to where you can find an English translation: Some of the richest and most interesting writings from medieval Europe come from one of its furthest corners: during the 13th and 14th century Icelanders… Continue reading Ten Icelandic Sagas you may not have heard of