Tattooing is a form of art that is poorly conserved in the historical record. Because the skin is very fragile, and rarely survives in burials, we almost never have confirmation of patterns or designs. Unless we find a Viking frozen tattooed somewhere so that the skin is preserved, we will never know exactly the standards could have been used.
Still, we know that Rus at least wore tattoos, to the Arab observer Ibn Fadlan says in his Risala:
§ 81. Each man has an ax, a sword and a knife and keeps each by him at all times. The swords are broad and grooved, of Frankish sort. Every man is tattooed nails neck with dark green (or black-green or blue) trees, figures, etc.
The Arabic word for the color of tattoos can mean green, blue or black. It is almost certain that these were dark tattoos in blue, created using wood ash as a dyeing agent.
Ibn Fadlan calls the project “trees”, but it is very likely that he is actually describing knotwork patterns that were so common in the art of the North.
Our recommendation is to look at Viking art supplies, patterns used during the Viking Age.
Although precedes the Vikings for about 1300 years, an interesting parallel are the tattoos found on a boss cites in southern Siberia in the region …
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Vikings games

The Vikings had a lot of fun, physical sports such as footracing, swimming, wrestling and skiing, horseback fights a game very similar to the Scottish sport of curling, and several board games. The most useful of these for snow-bound will, of course, the board games. ~

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A few weeks ago, two of our members eydiseldr-hjarta and kingofthenorthernforest helped out to film a music video! Check out this fun song and giggle at Viking hijinks!

The two most common methods of fire-making before the advent of matches were friction and percussion.
The friction method is what most people think of when they consider primitive fire-starting. The classic stereotype is the old man rubbing two sticks together, although the methods used real friction fire-starting, such as perforation (turning a stick into a pre-prepared hole in another piece of wood, using hands movement or an arc to rotate the “drill”), or the fire-plow (a wooden stick is rubbed back and forth in a groove in a soft wooden board). The Old Norse contains evidence that the fire-drill was known and used. There are two words in Old Icelandic that relate specifically to the fire-drills. The first ébragð-alr “turning awl”, used in Iceland to make fire, and the second is bragðals-ELDR, the term for a fire produced using a bragð-alr. The bragð word has a fundamental notion of “sudden movement”, but also, especially in sports, which has the sense of “a trick or ruse”, and the use of a bow and drill to make fire is certainly an intelligent trick. Since friction method of making fire equipment is usually made of wood and fiber, which does not survive well in archaeological contexts, language tracks can be the only source of information on this technology.
Percussion starting fire is the method that seems most commonly have been in use in the Viking Age: it is certainly the one that makes good trace in the archaeological record. This method uses a piece of high carbon steel and flint (or other hard stone experiencing conchoidal fracture to produce sharp edges, including quartz, quartzite, chert) plus a flammable substance will ignite with a spark and keep low temperature the hot well.
Exciting new evidence of Sweden has provided evidence that the burning glasses made of rock crystal lathe-turned may also have been used to make fire …
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The major concern of the time were the food, and do not have enough for all these became the “master wheel” Viking society. Everything was very well planned, since the location of the houses, which should be close to water sources, until their disposal interna.Havia a large, airy special space called “loft” in the attic to store the food.
They knew different ways to prepare food to last for a long time. The food could be dehydrated (such as cod), smoked, or even soured. Everything always well-salted for better conservation, for not having way to cool food. All in order to store as much as possible to pass the rigorous Nordic winter. Another key point was the stock of firewood, as the fire served both to light and heat, and for food preparation.
Most Vikings were small farmers who mostly grew grain,

such as oats, wheat and barley, which were flour. The potato which today represents an essential component in Nordic cuisine had not reached the Americas before.
The animals were raised loose in the courtyard, the chief was cattle, which was meat, milk, butter and cheese. Skin, clothes and horn various utensils were made. Pig retreated to meat and fat. Many farmers had goats and sheep that provided wool to line the winter clothes. There were also poultry such as chickens and geese.
Already the spices used, herbs and honey from the region. This being the only way to sweeten foods. The drink of the day-the day was water and sour milk, called “skyr”. For the festivities was served beer and “mjöd” (honey wine). The richest could still offer welcome wine vineyards of southern Europe …
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