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-THE TROLL PREDATOR-

Dusted off an old idea about a cannibal, kin-murdering predator who was stranded in northern Europe in the 10th century and became a feral menace to the people of the time who believed he was a troll/monster.

He would slaughter villages but always leave one survivor to spread the word and attract warriors to entertain him, eventually Jomsvikings would be hired to “slay the wretched troll” by some king or lord. Also maybe he is of the sub-species from Predators.

Very fond of axes.

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Viking Photoshoot featuring belt set and rune bones by @lykosleather 🌿 so in love with the custom color of the belt! The belt was also custom sized!
( just because I know I’ll get more asks about the subject, I’ve been doing archery for 6-7 years now and the bow I’m using in the photos is about 55lbs)
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Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Special Edition: Viking 40th Anniversary

Mars is hard. Forty years ago this week, our Viking mission found a place in history when it became the first U.S. mission to land a spacecraft safely on the surface of Mars and return images of the surface. This is astonishing considering that many of the spacecraft destined for Mars failed before completing their missions and some failed before their observations could begin.

Here’s a few things to know about the Viking missions that ushered in a new era of Mars explorations 40 years ago:

1. Multi Mission

The Viking mission consisted of four spacecraft – two orbiters and two landers. All four made significant science discoveries.

2. Last Minute Switch

The spacecraft eventually named Viking 2 was supposed to launch first, but a battery problem prompted us to send the second spacecraft first. Batteries recharged, Viking 2 was then sent to rendezvous with the Red Planet.

3. Not Quite the First

Viking 1 was the first to send back science from the surface of Mars, but the honor of the first Mars landing goes to the Soviet Union’s Mars 3. The Soviet spacecraft landed on Mars in December 1970, but sent back only 20 seconds of video data before going silent.

4. Viking 1 Quick Stats

Viking 1 was launched Aug. 20 1975, and arrived at Mars on June 19, 1976. On July 20, 1976, the Viking 1 lander separated from the orbiter and touched down at Chryse Planitia.

5. Viking 2 Quick Stats

Viking 2 was launched Sept. 9, 1975, and entered Mars orbit Aug. 7, 1976. The Viking 2 lander touched down at Utopia Planitia on Sept. 3, 1976.

For more information about the Viking missions, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary, check out our list of events HERE.

Discover the full list of 10 things to know about our solar system this week HERE

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Danish cops now on a 1,000-year-old case

Archaeologists have found what they call “clear evidence” that a fire at the recently discovered 1,000-year-old Viking castle Vallø Borgring near Køge was deliberately set.

So they have asked police to supply a fire safety investigator to help them unearth clues to solve the 1,000-year mystery. The fire was set at the fortress’s eastern and northern gates.

“All indications are that there has been a fire set at the gates of the castle,” archaeologist Jens Ulriksen, who is leading the excavation of the fortress, told DR Nyheder. “The outer posts of the east gate are completely charred, and there are signs of burning on the inside.”

The castle probably belonged Harald Bluetooth, who was king of Denmark in the late 900s. History records that Bluetooth drove his army too hard, which ended with a riot in which the king was killed. Read more.

Trelleborg - Viking ring fortess. Zealand, 980 AD

There are four gates into the fortress, and the gates are connected to each other by wooden blocked streets, which intersect at the center of the fort.

These wooden blocked streets also divide the fort into 4 equal parts.  Tree ring dating of the timber used to build the houses from Trelleborg (near Slagesle) shows that the houses here were built of wood harvested around 980 AD. This is during the reign of Harald Bluetooth (Harald Blåtand).