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Lindholm Høje, Denmark

Lindholm Høje (Lindholm Hills, from Old Norse haugr, hill or mound) is a major Viking burial site and former settlement situated to the north of and overlooking the city of Aalborg in Denmark.

The southern (lower) part of Lindholm Høje dates to 1000 – 1050 AD, the Viking Age, while the northern (higher) part is significantly earlier, dating back to the 5th century AD in the Nordic Iron Age. An unknown number of rocks have been removed from the site over the centuries, many, for example, being broken up in the 19th century for use in road construction.

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Language moodboard: Old Norse

Old Norse was a North Germanic language spoken by inhabitants of Scandinavia and inhabitants of their overseas settlements during about the 9th to 13th centuries after which Old Norse started developing into the modern North Germanic languages. 

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Been a while, this is some sketches of Vidar and Kanisa. Been developing the North and the couple with @ridersoftheapocalypse. She’s awesome, check her out for her zelgan babies story. 

And @mintiture for her awesome writing of the beginning of Kanisa and Vidar. 

Na’seema is a hatchling of Ba’puu, and she chose Kanisa as her rider. Na’seema comes to the North to help Kanisa around with her new life in the North with the Direnors and her hubby Vidar. 

I’d imagine the parents of Vidar was quite surprised when their son came back to the North with a foreign wife and a baby son. Sooner or later, they’ll start to accept Kanisa and their first grandson, Kerugan.  

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The Sigurd Stones are a group of 8 Viking Age runestones located in Sweden. Each stone depicts, in some way, images from the Norse legend of Sigurd the dragon slayer. They are the earliest known Norse representations of this legend, which also expands into German lore as the Nibelungenlied: an epic poem written in Middle-High German that tells the story of Siegfried and his wife Kriemhild. The Vikings even erected stones in Great Britain depicting aspects of these stories after their invasion. As such, the legend is considered amongst one of the many stories Vikings told to understand themselves and the world they lived in.

One of the more famous, and more impressive, Sigurd stones is the Ramsund Carving, which I’ll talk more about in the next post!