anonymous asked:

Hey, i just wanted to let you know (since your blog is about learning norwegian) that in the site 'futurelearn' there's a free 'introduction to norwegian' course created by the university of oslo, it started today and i think it might be helpful for the followers of this blog :) --> futurelearn (.) com (/) courses (/) norwegian

Here you go, guys! c:

Hope Jahren (b. 1969) is a geochemist and geobiologist working at the University of Oslo in Norway. Her research focused mostly in the area of fossils, and included the first extraction and analysis of DNA from paleosol. She was the recipient of multiple prizes, including three Fullbright Awards.

She is also known for her book Lab Girl, which combines personal history with science writing, and talks about the challenges of being female in the science world.

Stunning Viking sword unearthed: 
Warrior who brandished the ornate weapon may have been chosen by King Canute for English battle.

For Viking warriors, swords were not only deadly weapons, but a symbol of power.

A unique example with gold details and a mysterious inscription has been unearthed in southern Norway.

Experts believe the elaborate weapon could belong to one of King Canute’s hand-picked men who fought in battles with King Ethelred of England.

The sword, found in the village of Langeid in 2011 but has not go on display until now, dates from the late Viking age and is embellished with gold, inscriptions and other designs.

It measures 37 inches (94cm) long with a well-preserved handle and is thought to have belonged to a wealthy man because of the use of precious materials.

The weapon was pulled from a grave in a Viking burial ground by archaeologists from the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo.

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At the university of Oslo there’s a society for making cheese

It’s called OSTLO (ost is Norwegian for cheese)

They saw the chance and sure as hell took it

The Oseberg Viking Ship Burial

Oseberg animal headpost

Five of these zoomorphic posts, all carved with different animal heads, were found in the Oseberg burial. They are fashioned out of maple wood and are of similar size. The posts contain slots for handles suggesting that they were originally carried and it is likely they had some sort  of magical or religious significance

© Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, Norway

Norse Rune Code Cracked

A scholar of the University of Oslo has cracked one of the rune codes used by the Vikings, revealing they were sending each other messages such as ‘Kiss me’.

K. Jonas Nordby, a runologist doing his PhD research, was able to discover the secret behind the jötunvillur code, which can be found in over 80 Norse inscriptions. He found that on a stick from the 13th century two men, Sigurd and Lavrans, carved their names both in code and in standard runes. For the jötunvillur code, one would replace the original runic character with the last sound of the rune name. For example, the rune for ‘f’, pronounced fe, would be turned into an ‘e’, while the rune for ‘k’, pronounced kaun, became ‘n’.

“It’s like solving a puzzle,” said Nordby to the Norwegian website “Gradually I began to see a pattern in what was apparently meaningless combinations of runes.”

However, those thinking that the coded runes will reveal deep secrets of the Norse will be disappointed. The messages found so far seem to be either used in learning or have a playful tone. In one case the message was ‘Kiss me’. Nordby explains “We have little reason to believe that rune codes should hide sensitive messages, people often wrote short everyday messages.”

In many instances those who wrote the coded runes also left comments urging the readers to try to figure it out. Sometimes they would also boast of their abilities at writing the codes. (via


Anocheceres espectaculares.

Hoy al terminar la charla que tenía que dar he salido al balcón, necesitaba ese momento de relax después del subidón y cuando he visto los juegos de luces del cielo con las nubes y las ultimas luces del dia…, me he quedado impresionado. 

Oslo juro, aunque no haya muchas horas de sol es una pasada poder disfrutar cada dia desde mi puesto de trabajo del anochecer, son realmente bellos :).

Cuidaros :).


Day 99, 1 to go. The physics building at the university. I don’t normally hang out here (as I don’t study anything even resembling physics), but I was passing through and I really like this place. It’s quite old, the first building at campus actually, and I love that 30’s functionalist type of architecture with the huge murals in the roof. It’s intimidating and bordering on kitschy, but it always makes me smile.