Can we throw that “Vikings thought math was witchcraft so they let women do the finances!” post in the trash? Like crumple it up, throw it in the bin, and then wash your hands? Because it is actual smelly garbage.

Norse-Icelandic peoples based their trade on the value of wool, measured in squares of 49.2 cm and called ells, which was spun by women in the home. It fluctuated over time how many ells was an iôgeyrir, about an ounce of silver. So, yes, women did “the finances” because they literally produced the currency. It was in-home work, which the women did. It has nothing to do with ‘witchcraft’.

Put that stupid post right beside that ‘necropants’ post. People really will believe any dumb shit on this website.

The Norns, rulers of the destiny of gods and men

This piece will appear on the back cover of The Illuminated Edda.
Ink, watercolour, ps.

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© Nataša Ilinčić, please do not remove credits

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So ready for Krigslive: Valhal, the LARP I’m going to this weekend! I’ll be gone from tomorrow till Sunday, fighting and drinking like the old Gods wanted it!
EDIT: Yes, this is real chainmail and real metal bracers. This costume weights about 15kg/34lbs

The Vikings Sacrificed to the Gods in Rivers and Lakes

A doctoral dissertation from 2009 shows that the Vikings sacrificed valuable and beautiful objects to the Norse gods and their forefathers at bridges and fjords because they believed they were the boundary between the living and the deceased.

The thesis by Julie Lund, Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo – offers an insight into sacrificial customs of the Viking Age lasting from year 793 – 1066 AD.

Previously it was believed that this type of sacrifices came to an end in the Migration Period around year 500, but it turns out that the tradition continued into the Viking Age.

Bridges and Fjords

The Vikings used special places in the landscape for these rituals. Bridges and fjords were particularly important because they served as a boundary between the living and the deceased. Viking settlements and burial sites were almost always close to water or connected by a bridge.

Lund examined the findings from about thirty sacrificial sites in Scandinavia, from the River Thames in Southern England and the River Shannon in Ireland. Places that came under Scandinavian influence in the Viking Age. Many of the sacrifices or ritual closures took place at bridges.

Many of the sacrificial sites were named after Norse gods, such as Tissø in Denmark, i.e. Tyr’s lake – the god of war and the one who decided who won battles.

An important discovery is that these special places often are highlighted in Norse sources as central to how people perceived the world.

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