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Iron chain with four Thor's hammers made of horseshoe nails, from the island of Oland on the east coast of Sweden (800-1000 AD). They are often found placed on top of human cremations in grave-urns. From the Museum of Gothenburg, 16.1.19. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- #materialculture #thor #thorshammer #norsemythology #symbols #ritual #cremation #burials #viking #vikings #vikingage #norse #vikingtid #goviking #vikinglife #exhibition #museum #museumofgothenburg #oland #gothenburg #arkeologi #arkæologi #archaeologist #archeology #archeologia #archeologie #arqueologia #arheologija #archäologie #archéologie
🌿 Hand Made 🌿 Want to make more viking related stuff this year, but not sure where to start 😂 Want to make everything, and looking at inspiring pictures the list youst keeps on growing . . . #vikingmarked #vikingmarket #viking #vikingtid #colorfulviking #vikinglife #colorfullife #like #follow #comment #visitnorway #middelaldermarked #medieval #norse #gjallarstadir #norseviking #vikingBling #nålebinding
My hometown har truly changed into a winter wonderland the past few days. It’s beautiful❄️ Have a good Sunday everyone! . . . #viking #vikingsofinstagram #vikingage #vikingtid #vikingdress #winterviking #vikingclothes #vikingwoman #norse #livinghistory #history #winterwonderland #winterhascome #snow #frost #forest #norway
🌿Dreaming of market season🌿 And dreaming on getting a new Gotland ball/visby lens pendant ❤️ Bought one when visiting visby but one in rock krystal would be nice 💕 . . . #vikingmarked #vikingmarket #viking #vikingtid #colorfulviking #vikinglife #colorfullife #like #follow #comment #visitnorway #middelaldermarked #medieval #norse #borrevikingmarked #midgardvikingsenter #norseviking #vikingBling
Borrowing this photo from Museum of Cultural History (UiO) because I could not wait til daylight to share this news. This evening it was announced that the new Viking age museum will be built! We, who work at the museum, and we, the people of Oslo, of Norway and of the world, have been heard. The unparalleled and completely singular heritage of the best preserved viking ships will live on, will be conserved and taken care of, and will continue to share new knowledge with us, and inspire us for years to come. I really wish there was en emoji to show the look on my face and the overwhelming emotions. It would be all grin, with some eyes popping out with a look of disbelief, and tears of joy (probably with a bit of magical sparkle to them). All to show the great sence of relief and pure happiness and how massively it moves me. That's it for now, but you can bet you'll be hearing more from me on this topic tomorrow and in the following days (okay..years). To see this and more photos of the planned viking age museum, and to get more information see the museums website (khm.uio.no). You can also find more information on statsbygg.no. #kulturhistoriskmuseum #khm #museumofculturalheritage #vikingskipshuset #vikingtidsmuseet #nyttvikingtidsmuseum #vikingagemuseum #vikingtid #vikingage #viking #vikingship #uio #oslo #museum #Norway
🌿 Plant colored wool🌿 And a cute and charmin campsite ❤️ hopefully this will be me in the future, looks so cosy to live at one of the markets, but maybe not if it's cold and raining ☔ . . . #vikingmarked #vikingmarket #viking #vikingtid #colorfulviking #vikinglife #colorfullife #like #follow #comment #visitnorway #middelaldermarked #medieval #norse #gjallarstadir #norseviking
🌿 Hello lovelies🌿 Sorry for the lack of post, but feel inspired again now, and I have so much to post before the new market season ❤️ I don't have any plans for where to go this season, but I guess I will do as I always do and hope to find someone to go with, really wish I had a driver's license 🌟 you can find this beauties at www.pilarart.pl ❤️ . . . #vikingmarked #vikingmarket #viking #vikingtid #colorfulviking #vikinglife #colorfullife #like #follow #comment #visitnorway #middelaldermarked #medieval #norse #lofotr #lofotrvikingmuseum #norseviking #vikingBling
Vikingenes kvinnedrakt. Identifisering av vikingtidens kvinnedrakt er ingen enkel affære. Det finnes mange ulike teorier om hvordan både snitt og oppbygning har vært. De Feste forskerne er enige om at en vanlig type av vikingtidens kvinnedrakt har bestått av serk, selekjole og kappe. Når det gjelder utforming er en også stort sett enige om hvordan serken og kappen har vært. Derimot er det mer omdiskutert hvordan selekjolen har sett ut. Noen mener den har vært åpen foran, andre at den kun er to løse tøystykker og seler. Og hvilken rolle spilte status i utformingen? Selekjolen Anna har  fantastisk passform som Klesarven synes er viktigst!  Vakker er den og inspirert av funnene er den også:) Fås i str. S- XXXL Burgunder farge. #fashionhistory #wool #vikingkjole #serk #viking #vikingbling #vikingtid #valkyria #vikingstyle #costume #linendress #vikingwoman #kjole #norse #vikings #historicalcostume #history #norge #linkjole #vikingaccessories #vikinglook #reenactment
No idea what I’m doing in this photo. Being silly as usual probably😆 Today it’s only 5 months and 5 days left till Trondheim Vikingmarked is happening. Really looking forward to this summer! 📸: @foreverwestphotography . . #viking #vikingsofinstagram #vikingclothes #vikinglife #vikingdress #vikingtid #vikingklær #plantefarget #plantdyed #madder #walnut #livinghistory #history #norse #longhair #sunny #summer #happy #wildflowers #trondheimvikingmarked #countdown
Whalebone plaque from the Viking Age, 9th century. This plaque, from a wealthy woman's grave at Lilleberge (Namdalen), Norway, probably symbolised the important role and status Viking woman held in the home. It may have worked like an ironing-board for smoothing and pleating clothing, or as a platter for serving food at feasts. Similar plaques have been found elsewhere in northern Norway and overseas where Vikings settled. From British Museum, 4.1.19 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- #materialculture #viking #vikings #whaleboneplaque #vikingage #vikingtid #lilleberge #namdalen #norway #vikingwomen #socialstatus #vikinglife #vikingart #goviking #art #ironingboard #norse #exhibition #museum #britishmuseum #arkeologi #arkæologi #archaeologist #archeology #archeologia #archeologie #arqueologia #arheologija #archäologie #archéologie
Счастье в простых вещах ☺️ • My first homemade #lussekatter . I think it will be exceptionally good with #gløgg by the fireplace 😍
It is off the loom! Vinegar bath and drying next. Should I keep it in one, loong piece, or cut it in half and make a squared cloak? Hmmmm.... . . . #handmade #handspun #handwoven #handdyed #norwegianwildsheep #indigo #naturalcolours #historicaltextiles #wool #ullergull #weaving #veving #håndlaget #håndspunnet #håndfarget #oldworldskills #viking #vikingage #ironage #jernalder #vikingtid #kypert
Skodd for dommedag! Sjekk ut ny bloggpost på fortidsfamilien.com Footwear for the end of times! Check out our new blog post at fortidsfamilien.com #vikingtid #vikingage #skomaker #shoemaker #sko #shoes #norrønmytologi #norsemythology
Hein fra heingruva, fortsatt i bruk. 👌🏻 Heingruva ligger sør i Stjørdal kommune, og her har det vært drift lenge! Vi vet godt at heinene herifra er av god kvalitet, og at de har vært ettertraktet vare lenge, er ikke overraskende. Ny forskning på bryner fra Heingruva forteller om eksport av bryner herifra allerede på 700-tallet! Som en kuriositet kan det nevnes at det ble eksportert heiner herifra til Cuba sist på 1950-tallet. Her ble de brukt til å kvesse sukkerkniver. Fra vikingsverd til sukkerkniver på 1300 år🙂 Heiner herifra brukes fortsatt av mange i nærområdet. #stjørdalmuseum #værnes #heingruva #leksdalstatsalmenning #hein #bryne #vikingtid #sharpeningstone #håndverk #verktøy #oldtools
Omriss til hudsko fra vikingtid, som illustrasjon til en kommende bloggpost. Outline of Early Medieval one-piece shoe. An illustration for a upcomming blog post. #hudsko #viking #onepieceshoes #vikingtid #vikingage
Harstad folkehøgskole har arrangert Nord-Norsk møte med kollegaer fra andre skoler, hyggelige folk😁 Her er bilder fra omvisning ved @trondeneskirke - områdets vakreste og kanskje Norges fineste kirke? @folkehogskolene @sortromsmuseum @harstadfhs #kirke #historie #vikingtid #steinkirke #folkehøgskole #kollegaer #fhsliv #nærområdet
Really missing the winter and snow these days. The rain has been pouring down since Christmas, and there seems like there’s no end to it. Hoping for colder days soon❄️ . . . #viking #vikingclothes #vikingsofinstagram #vikinglife #vikingreenactment #vikingtid #mittens #needlebound #nålebinding #oslostitch #naalbinding #winterviking #livinghistory #history #winter #snow
Skulle egentlig til #lofotr idag for å få med meg foredraget «Jernalderfolket ved Buksnesfjorden - et havsamfunn i jernalder og vikingtid» av Caroline Fredriksen. Ekstremt dårlig vær, elendige kjøreforhold og sykdom satte en stopper for det dessverre. Håper på nytt foredrag en annen gang. #bøstad #jernalder #vikingtid #carolinefredriksen #vestvågøy @lofotrvikingmuseum #lofotrvikingmuseum
Til árs ok friðar! 2018 was incredible, as I said in my last post, but it wasn't flawless. There are things I wish I'd done differently, and choices I regret. I've allowed people to hurt me, and get away with it too. I've struggled with my self-worth and my identity. And I have searched for myself in the wrong places. It's something oddly comforting about a new year though. Almost like a new start. And this year, I want more of what made me happy in the past year, and less of what caused me grief. I want to work more on my craft. Get better at sewing and fletching. Improve my photography and editing skills. Compose my pictures better. Pour even more of my heart and soul into it. I want to see more of the world. Both of my own, dear Norway, and places beyond its borders. I want to collab with even more people. Both small craftspeople, and bigger brands (if they will have me). I want to work with more people, both dear friends and current strangers. I want to branch out, but not bite over more than I can chew. I want 2019 to be my year. And in order to make it so, I will surround myself with good people, friends and family, and spend my time doing the things I love. #vikingwomen #vikingwoman #vikingdress #aprondress #vikingreenactment #vikingclothes #vikingclothing #vikinggarb #oldnorse #norsewoman #vikingage #heddal #heddalstavkirke #heddalstavechurch #vikingtid #vikingtiden
We want to wish all our followers a happy new year! Here are some highlights from 2018. Let 2019 be another exciting viking year😁✨🍾 #trondheimvikinglag #trondheimvikingmarked #vikinglife #viking #vikingsofinstagram #vikingage #trondheim #vikingstyle #vikingtid #reenactment #history #livinghistory #norway
🌿2018🌿 Sorry for being the worst at posting, I get so inspired when I visits markets and post a lott, but when the winter comes I tend to forget. Thank you for lettig me be a part of this wonderful community, I'm overwhelmed by all the support, likes and comment on my page ❤️ it means the world to me ❤️ . . . . . #bestnine2018 #vikingmarked #vikingmarket #viking #vikingtid #vikinglife #vikings #norway #visitNorway #opplevnorge
It’s the last day of 2018, a year with both up’s and down’s. But mostly it’s been a year filled with happy memories and many new friendships. Thank you to all my followers for wanting to take part in my viking adventures this year. Hopefully there will be many more in 2019. Have a fantastic New Years Eve tonight, and wish you all the best in the coming year✨ . . . #viking #vikingsofinstagram #vikingclothes #vikingtid #vikingklær #vikingdress #vikingwoman #reenactment #livinghistory #history #vikingage #fjord #nature #norse #norwegian #trondheim #newyearseve #2019 #newyear #happynewyear
New in!! The new appron dress Anna is a classic and a well-known part of a viking and medieval outfit. The design is based and inspired by reconstruction from hedeby findings and illustrations of Shelagh Lewins. The pattern and design are made a little more complicated to give the dress more amplitude and better fit. The dress has lacing in the back so that the dress will sit perfectly over the chest and at waist. The dresses in the viking age had as far as we know no lacing but to avoid the feeling of wearing a "sack" dress then I would say that lacing is inevitable for today's modern adventurers! You can wear it as loose or tight as you wish. Anna consists of 20 % wool and is a dress you can wear all year. This makes the dress very soft and comfortable. Only in burgundy color. Model: @siljebotten #medievaltimes #costume #vikingkjole #medievalclothing #norskdesign #vikings #kjole #visitnorway #vikingstyle #historicalcostume #vikingwoman #vikingtid #vikinglook #history #wool #bycalvina
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas❄️ Now during tha last days of 2018 we’re looking back at the great summer we had. Here’s a photo from the feast at Trondheim Vikingmarked. Already looking forward to the 2019 edition😁 #viking #vikinglife #vikingsofinstagram #trondheimvikinglag #feast #vikingtid #camp #vikingcamp #newyears #trondheimvikingmarked
Treasures from @klesarven ✨ Love my chest filled with viking bling ✨✨✨ #klesarven #vikings #viking #vikingbling #vikingtid #vikingjewelry
Travail du bois représentant un dragon d'époque viking. #vikings #artisanat #norvège #norge #sverige #suede #danmark #danemark #art #ebenisterie #vikingtid
Viking imitations of silver coins minted by king Alfred the Great, about 880. From the exhibition "England 400-1600" at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The imitations were included in the Cuerdale hoard from about 905 (see my previous post). The coins in the hoard came from mints in England, Europe and the Islamic world, reflecting the exstensive contacts of the Vikings who collected them. Coins were valued by the Vikings for their weight in silver, and would have been used interchangeably with other silver objects. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- #vikingcoins #kingalfred #viking #vikings #vikingage #vikingtid #vikinghoard #silvercoins #ancientcoins #cuerdale #cuerdalehoard #ashmolean #oxford #exhibition #museum #oxforduniversity #vikinglife #vikingstyle #vikingart #goviking #arkeologi #arkæologi #archaeologist #archeology #archeologia #archeologie #arqueologia #arheologija #archäologie #archéologie
The Cuerdale hoard dates to about 905, when it was buried for safe-keeping along the banks of the River Ribble in Cuerdale, Lancaster. It consists of more than 8500 pieces of silver, including coins and bullion, weighing about 40 kg. Its size suggest it was a war chest, and its contents indicate it was amassed by Vikings from around the Irish Sea. From the exhibition "England 400-1600" at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- #curdalehoard #cuerdale #hoard #viking #vikings #vikingage #vikingtid #riverribble #lancaster #warchest #irishsea #ashmolean #exhibition #museum #oxforduniversity #vikinglife #vikingstyle #vikingart #arkeologi #arkæologi #archaeologist #archeology #archeologia #archeologie #arqueologia #arheologija #archäologie #archéologie #norse #goviking
Gleðileg jól ❄️
24. December Christmas Eve is one of the most mythical and magical nights of the year. About two hundred years ago, the last thing to do before going to bed this night was to paint crosses of tare, coal or blood above all doors. One would also mark all the animals with crosses and place the axe in the wall above the barn door. All of these things were done as a protection from the dark forces. Christmas Eve in Norway two hundred years ago looked very different from today. On the farms around the country people would cover the floor with straws and sleep there rather than their beds. There would also be some food left on the table and all the candles would be burning bright. All of this was done because the dead would return on Christmas Eve to celebrate. They needed a place to sleep and food to eat. If they got this, the dead would make sure the family had food in the future and protected them against accidents in the coming year. Some yule traditions have lasted for over a thousand years though, since the time of the Vikings. We still eat fat and salty food and drink good drinks. We usually stay at home or visit relatives. And we still have great feasts with family and friends. The magic of Christmas is still with us through our traditions. Traditions that’s been handed down to us by our ancestors till this day, thousands of years later. May you all have a wonderful and magical yuletide. So, from all of me, to all of you, merry Christmas. God jul❤️ . . . #viking #vikingclothes #vikingtid #vikingsofinstagram #vikinglife #winter #forest #nature #jul #christmas #jól #yuletide #traditions #christmaseve #julaften #1800s #magic #magical #myths #norse #pagan #nordic #nordisk #nordicchristmas #nordiskjul #winterviking #godjul #norway
Gleðileg jól ❄️🕯 Lovely day in the cold forest today! SOOO romantic to run back and fourth and back and fourth in the snow to get the focus on point. 🤣 But my viking clothes are super warm and comfy! My first winter as viking is so far great. 😎 Instead of watching Three Wishes for Cinderella I’m actually traveling to Russia tomorrow morning 🎅🏻 Unusual Christmas ye say?! 😂 Will bring back some silk and slaves for you people. 😘 AND BTW THANKS FOR 10000! (How the hell did that happen) #vikingsofinstagram #vikingwoman #vikingtid #viking #reenactment #reenactor
22. December The jòleblot (yule sacrifice) was one of the most important celebrations for the Vikings. It started at the night of the midwinter solstice and lasted for three whole days. In the Sagas we can read that it started the 12th January, but this could vary. The Vikings drank for the gods Odin, Njord, Frøy and Tor. They asked for strong crops in the coming year, protection against evil forces and a good year. On this day Tor would ride over the sky with his goats to fight the darkness. When he’d win the battle, the sun would return. During the blot a bowl of beer or mead would be carried around the bonfire, and the chieftain would bless the food and the drinks. They would also have bowls of blood which would be smeared on the sculptures of the Norse gods, on the walls and in their own faces. Then they would have a great feast with pork meat and lots of beer. A tradition that still stays with the Norwegians during Christmas, except the ritual of venerating the gods off course. During the Christianisation of Norway, king Håkon the Good decided that the jòleblot should be at the same time as the celebration of Kvitekrist (Christ and Christmas). King Olav Trygvasson later forbade the blot, and made it compulsory to brew beer, and the beer should be assigned Jesus and Mary instead. This way, traditions and rituals got mixed together and today it’s hard to know what comes from where. . . . #viking #vikinglife #vikingsofinstagram #vikingclothes #vikingklær #vikingtid #blot #juleblot #solsnu #solstice #midwintersolstice #sacrefice #norse #norsegods #pagan #traditions #jul #yuletide #christmas #jól #blot #nordisk #nordic #winter #nature #frost #snow #forest
21. December On this day all the fire wood should be chopped and carried in to the house. According to Nowegian folk traditions this was the last day of work before the peace and calm of Christmas would come. It was also the day to pour the beer that was brewed on the 8th of December into barrels. When Norway changed to the Gregorian calendar in 1700 this day also became the day of the winter solstice. It was believed that the sun stops for a moment this day, and that this was a critical time. Nothing could go around on this day, because this might stop the sun from “turning”. All the spinning of yarn and grinding of grains had to stop. Not even the wheels of the cart could go around. Because of this you’d have to use a sledge if you were going somewhere this day. In the evening of 21st december many people visited other farms to taste the yule beer. People used to say that you should sprinkle a little of the beer in the fireplace, because it would burn better. This was off course an old sacrifice to the Norse gods, like the Vikings did. But some traditions stay with us even though they might change a bit and get a different contents. . . . #viking #vikinglife #vikingtid #norse #norsegods #pagan #myths #folklore #livinghistory #history #traditions #jul #christmas #jól #yuletide #firewood #logs #beer #wintersolstice #julefred #christmaspeace #snow #winter #brighterdays #vintersolverv #solsnu #sacrifice
19. December Some nights are more magical and dangerous than others. Especially during Christmas when the dark forces are more active than usually. During these dark nights the living dead, vetter (spirits/elfs) and other mythic creatures come forth. Thursday is the Norse god Thor’s day. And on this day the boundary between us and the magical world is at it’s weakest. Thor has was a popular god, and a god that people wanted on their side. According to old traditions you were to let the spindle and axe rest this day, in honour of Thor. The old “fjøsnisse” (see: 10th December) had his resting day on Thursdays and was supposed to be fed porridge and beer on this day. Maybe the nisse was actually one of Thor’s underlings? . . . #viking #vikinglife #norsegods #norse #pagan #vikingtid #magicalnight #stars #starrynight #winternight #nature #snow #history #livinghistory #julenatt #christmasnight #nordic #nordicchristmas #nordicnights #nordisk #darkness #thor #godofthunder #traditions #jul #jól
#slagg fra #jernutvinning - antagelig #middelalder eller #vikingtid #gålåsholmen #hedmark Så mye forskjellige teksturer og farver! #jern #jernvinne #medieval #bloomery #iron #slag
18. December One of the things people fear around Christmas times was Åsgårdsreia. This was a company of dead people, traitors, betrayers and other evil creatures riding over the sky. People who would never rest because they didn’t make it to neither Heaven nor Hell. They ride enormous horses and wear huge armours, and they make a lot of rattle sounds crossing the sky in high speed. You can hear them a from a great distance, long before they reach you. The name Åsgårdsreia probably derives from the company of Norse gods who lived in Åsgard. In Telemark and Setesdal in Norway people believed that a “hulder” (a female wood nymph from Norwegian folklore) rode in front of the company, and her name was Guro Rysserova. She rode together with Sigurd Fåvnesbane, the dragon slayer. This has a cleas connection to the Norse world, and it might just be that the idea of Åsgårdsreia dates back to the Vikings. . . . #viking #vikinglife #vikingage #vikingclothing #vikingdress #vikingtid #folklore #myths #mythology #norse #pagan #nature #mountains #snow #frost #winter #jul #christmas #jól #yuletide #åsgårdsreia #norsegods #livinghistory #history #nordic #nordicchristmas #nordisk #nordiskjul #tradition
Silver penny minted by king Sigtrygg silkbeard of Dublin (989/995-1036). From the exhibition at Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ #sigtrygg #kingofdublin #dublinmint #viking #vikings #coin #penny #dublin #ancientcoin #vikingage #vikingtid #arkeologi #arkæologi #archaeologist #archeology #archeologia #archeologie #arqueologia #arheologija #archäologie #archéologie #norse #exhibition #museum #ancienthistory #museumfürhamburgischegeschichte
17. December The tradition of giving each other presents for Christmas has it’s origin from many places and has developed gradually. Many people think we give presents because the three Magi gave presents to the new born Christ, but the tradition is older than that. During the Saturnalia celebration (winter solstice feast) the romans gave each other gifts. Even the servants got something extra during the celebration. Both St. Nicolas and La Befana (Italian female Santa Clause) has contributed to the tradition. Viking chieftains in Norway gave presents to allies and friends during the jòl celebration. This was mostly in order to create good alliances and strong friendships. In the middle ages, servants were often given shoes and clothes for Christmas. To give presents is said to bring good luck in the coming year, because what you give away will come tenfold back to you. . . . #viking #vikinglife #vikingage #vikingtid #norse #middleages #middelalder #romans #saturnalia #gifts #presents #christmaspresents #julegaver #traditions #history #livinghistory #jul #christmas #jól #yuletide #nordic #nordicchristmas #nordisk #needlebinding #nålebinding #kurv #forest #snow
Jól is almost upon us☺️Wishing all our followers a nice and warm third Sunday in advent🌲❄️ #vikinglife #viking #vikingwarrior #vikingtid #vikingage #vikingreenactment #longhouse #vikingsofinstagram #bonfire #firewood #jól #jul #christmas #yuletide #snow #winter #trondheimvikinglag
16. December Many Norwegians eat rise porridge during Christmas, with sugar, cinnamon and a dash of butter. The porridge has been the most common food around since the agricultural revolution 10 000 years ago. It was every day food for both Vikings and all Norwegians after them. They didn’t have the rise porridge that we eat today though, because rice didn’t come to Norway until the 19th century. At that time it was usually rich people who could afford it, and it was only eaten on Christmas eve. The real traditional porridge however was made of barley, one of the oldest grains we have. Barley was common everyday food in Norway until the potatoes were introduced in the 19th century. Today we also have a tradition in Norway to hide an almond in our Christmas porridge. And whoever gets the almond wins a gift, usually a marzipan pig. And off course, it’s very important that fjøsnissen (barn elf/goblin) gets some porridge as well. . . . #viking #vikinglife #vikingage #vikingtid #middleages #middelalder #porridge #grøt #julegrøt #riceporridge #barleyporridge #traditional #traditions #food #christmasfood #nissegrøt #nordic #nordicchristmas #nordisk #nordiskjul #jul #christmas #jól #yuletide #livinghistory #history
15. December The tradition of wishing each other merry Christmas goes back a long way. A long time ago the tradition was to walk between houses and farms and knock on doors to wish neighbours and friends a merry Christmas. In more “modern” times however people started writing Christmas letters and sending Christmas cards instead. The first printed Christmas cards in Norway were made in Bergen in 1870. It wasn’t allowed to send these in the mail though, not until 1872 at least. The very first Christmas card sent by mail in Norway wasn’t sent until 1883. Two years later they had to hire extra staff at the post office in Oslo, because the Christmas cards became so popular. Do you send Christmas cards to family and friends? . . . #viking #vikinglife #vikingclothes #vikingklær #vikingsofinstagram #vikingage #vikingtid #middelalder #1800s #norse #history #livinghistory #christmas #jul #jól #yuletide #traditions #christmascard #card #letters #visits #merrychristmas #godjul #nordic #nordicchristmas #nordisk #nordiskjul #norway
A solid eight hours with swivel knife, beveller, and stylus. Each of those dots are placed one by one. Though I do like the look, I'm not sure if that's sustainable. Also, my hand hurts. #leathercraft #vegtan #leathercarving #urnesstyle #knotwork #vikingart #norseart #viking #vikings #vikingage #vikingtid
14. December The tree is one of the oldest symbols of life and exist in many cultures. In Norse mythology Yggdrasil is the world tree, spreading its roots to all corners of the world. This tree was eternally green, a symbol of life when all other plants and trees are asleep during the cold winter months. It was believed that the eternally green plants would protect you from the dead and other evil forces. It also a promise of the returning sun. The Vikings believed that there lived elves or spirits among the branches, and brought them in to keep them warm during winter. The tradition of bringing in a Christmas tree and decorating it like we do today, dates back to 16th/17th century Germany, but didn’t get popular in Norway until the 19th century. Since the tree was originally part of a pagan custom, many churches didn’t want to bring it in. Today one of the most famous Norwegian Christmas trees is placed in London at Trafalgar Square as a gift of gratitude for British support to Norway during World War Two (a bit of modern history never hurt nobody😉). . . . #viking #vikingage #vikinglife #vikingtid #middleages #middelalder #tales #myths #jul #christmas #yuletide #jól #history #livinghistory #tree #christmastree #winter #sunset #snow #winterwonderland #trafalgarsquare #traditions #nordic #nordicchristmas #nordiskjul
If my memory serves me, I got this scroll saw at some point mid primary school, so 85-ish. This makes it the oldest tool I own. Here it gets to try it's teeth on a piece of Canadian oak. In about an hour, I'll have a pair of viking age bag handles. #woodworking #vikings #vikingtid #vikingera #vikingage #baghandles #scandinavianarchaeology #archaeology #hedebybag #canadianwoodworking #redoak #scrollsaw #oldtools
13. December If you made it through the most dangerous nights of the year yesterday it’s probably time for a celebration. In the Christian middle ages this was the celebration day of Sta. Lucia. According to the legend Lucia was a girl living in Syracuse the 4th century when being a Christian was forbidden. She was tortured and burned at the stake for not wanting to worship the image of the emperor. The fire didn’t hurt her though, so they had to use the sword to kill her in the end. She was made a saint and a symbol of love and light in the dark season. Her name, Lucia, also means light. In Norway it was a tradition that the oldest daughter on the farm would go out in the morning on the 13th of December, with a candle in her hand and wearing a white dress, to bless the farm and chase the evil forces away. Still today many Scandinavians celebrate the Lucia day by dressing up in white robes and carry candles. This is mostly done in schools and kindergartens in Norway. And off course we eat a lot of lussekatter (saffron buns). Yummy! . . . #viking #vikinglife #vikingage #vikingclothing #vikingtid #middelalder #middleages #saint #stlucia #lucia #lussilangnatt #history #livinghistory #snow #winter #forest #tradition #jul #christmas #jól #yuletide #myths #tales #nordic #nordicchristmas #nordisk #nordiskjul
This morning I took the time to practice my leather carving with a Norse knotwork motif based on the Borre style (CE 850 - 950). #borrestyle #vikingart #vikingage #vikingtid #viking #vikings #knotwork #norwegianhistory #norskhistorie #leathercraft #leathercarving #practice #learningbydoing
11. December On their long journeys at sea the Vikings learned many new things. From the Mediterranean countries for instance, they learned how to make candles. These candles were different from those we have today, because they were made out of tallow or animal fat. They made the wick by twisting linen or hemp, and then they dipped it in the tallow. This was actually the method of making candles till late 18th century. In the 19th century the type of candle we have today were invented. Burning a lot of candles wasn’t common for everyone though. As recourses were scares, you only used the little light you needed. Only rich people could afford a lot of light. On Christmas eve on the other hand, even a poor man’s house would be filled with lit candles that burned the whole night through. Christmas eve was considered one of the most dangerous nights of the year. It was the night when the dead would come back to haunt, and other scary creatures were luring in the shadows. They could not step into the light though, therefore it was important to keep the candles burning. The burning candle is an old symbol of good forces fighting against evil forces. . . . #viking #vikinglife #vikingage #vikingtid #ironage #sailers #travelers #livinghistory #history #jul #christmas #jól #yuletide #candles #tallow #talglys #lys #tradition #goodagainstevil #adventcalendar #nordic #nordicchristmas #nordiskjul #thenorth #norse #pagan
Traces of Christian influence in the late Viking Age: axe with cross motif from Ludvigshave on Lolland, Denmark. Late 900s AD. From the exhibition “Meet the Vikings” on the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- #prehistory #viking #vikings #vikingage #vikingtid #vikinglife #vikingstyle #ironage #meetthevikings #goviking #ancient #ancienthistory #vikingaxe #vikingweapons #earlychristianity #vikingart #arkeologi #arkæologi #archaeologist #archeology #archeologia #archeologie #visitcopenhagen #arqueologia #arheologija #archäologie #archéologie #norse #exhibition #museum
9. December During these days in December the weather usually turned milder and wetter for a short period. Earlier they call it “kakelinna” (mild cake weather), because they thought the heat coming from all the fireplaces in use when baking cakes for Christmas made it milder. 9th of December is the main day for baking cakes, and traditionally is should be seven different types, because seven is a magical number. The oldest types of cakes we still eat in Norway for Christmas are “krumkake”, “goro” and “strull”. They’re over a thousand years old, and dates back to the late Viking ages (but were probably a bit different back then than today). Gingerbread cookies are also something most people associate with Christmas. In Sweden, 9th of December is called the day of the gingerbread cookie. The oldest sources we have of gingerbread cookies in Norway are from 1335. This year they baked them for the wedding of king Magnus 7th and queen Blanca at Båhus fortress. . . . #viking #vikinglife #vikingage #vikingtid #middleages #medieval #middelalder #norse #christmas #jul #jól #yuletide #baking #christmascakes #julekaker #gingerbreadcookies #pepperkaker #traditions #forestanimals #nordic #nordicchristmas #adventcalendar #history #bakeittillyoumakeit
Koselig dag på #Stiklestad med masse julestemning 🎄 . . . . . . . #juligjen #verdal #norway #jul #jol #vinter #desember #julestemning #lys #snø #vikingtid
8. December This was traditionally the day to start brewing the Christmas beer. The Vikings were required by law to brew beer at every time “the sun turns” as we say in Norway. That meant at winter solstices, summer solstices, equinox and autumnal equinox. According to the Norwegian Gulating-law, dating back over a thousand years, you weren’t only required to make beer for the gods, but you could also be fined if you didn’t show up at drinking gatherings honouring the gods. If you didn’t brew beer three years in a row you could also lose everything you owned. The brewing itself was a thoughtful process. It was important work and considered magical. When the beer turned out strong and good it was thought that the gods or other good forces had helped. . . . #viking #vikinglife #ironage #vikingage #vikingtid #middleages #middelalder #christmas #jul #jól #yuletide #christmasbrew #juleøl #brewing #traditions #adventcalendar #norse #norsegods #gulating #goodforces
A wood figure depicting a Norse god? Wooden figure of a seated, bearded man dressed in a long robe from Rude Eskildstrup in central Zealand, Denmark. He wears a tripartite, grooved neck ring similar to those in gold from archaeological finds dated to c. 500 AD. From the exhibition “Meet the Vikings” on the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- #norsegods #norsemythology #eskildstrup #neckring #woodfigure #ritual #prehistory #viking #vikings #vikingage #vikingtid #vikinglife #vikingart #vikingstyle #ironage #meetthevikings #arkeologi #arkæologi #archaeologist #archeology #archeologia #archeologie #arqueologia #arheologija #archäologie #archéologie #norse #exhibition #museum
Two gold brooches from the Viking Age, found in a hoard near Varde in Denmark. The brooches are decorated with filigree and granulation. Their decoration with foliage and vine scrolls has its origin in Christian art. The Norse animal heads on one of the brooches show that they were made by a Danish goldsmith in the late 900s AD. From the exhibition “Meet the Vikings” on the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. --------------------------------------------------------------------- #brooch #goldbrooch #varde #filigree #art #prehistory #viking #vikings #vikingage #vikingtid #vikinglife #vikingstyle #ironage #meetthevikings #arkeologi #arkæologi #archaeologist #archeology #archeologia #archeologie #arqueologia #arheologija #archäologie #archéologie #norse #exhibition #museum
Bluetooth is maybe best known today as wireless technology. But the Danish Viking king Harald Bluetooth was a strong military leader. He construed four large circular fortresses in present-day Denmark around 980 AD: Trelleborg, Fyrkat, Aggersborg and Nonnebakken. Trelleborg was a military garrison with soldiers and their families. The burial place in the fortress contains at least 157 deceased men, women and children. One grave testifies to war, since it contained ten men between 17 and 35 years old who were all buried at the same time. In Trelleborg, artefacts testifying to everyday life were found. Many spindle whorls for spinning yarn, and warp weights for the actual loom, show that women were present in the fort area. Many finds consist of knives, pins, keys, combs and pottery, which are found at almost all settlements from the Viking Age. From the exhibition “Meet the Vikings” on the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- #trelleborg #bluetooth #haraldbluetooth #vikingwomen #vikingking #vikingarmy #spindlewhorl #vikinglife #fortress #prehistory #ancient #viking #vikings #vikingage #vikingtid #ironage #meetthevikings ##arkeologi #arkæologi #archaeologist #archeology #archeologia #archeologie #arqueologia #arheologija #archäologie #archéologie #norse #exhibition #museum
Viking hoard find from Fejø in Denmark, containing a Frankish silver cup and five small Scandinavian cups. The Frankish cup was made in southern Germany/Austria in the 8th cent. The decoration consists of two friezes with arches and the Christian symbols: eagle, dove, lion. The decoration shows a round building, which is a symbolic representation of the Heavenly Jerusalem. From the “Meet the Vikings” exhibition (the National Museum of Denmark). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ #hoard #vikinghoard #treasure #viking #vikings #vikingage #vikingtid #vikinglife #frankish #ironage #vikingstyle #meetthevikings #fejø #copenhagen #Jerusalem #prehistory #vikingart #arkeologi #arkæologi #archaeologist #archeology #archeologia #archeologie #arqueologia #arheologija #archäologie #archéologie #norse #exhibition #museum
From "Meet the vikings" exhibition: this magnificent sword from 800-900 AD was found in Søndersø Lake in Northern Jutland, Denmark. The hilt, pommel, grip and guard are all elaborately decorated with rows of geometric patterning. Some of it inlaid with silver thread. The corroded blade has herring bone pattern welding with points facine the hilt. The reamains of scabbarde fragments on the blade indicate that rather than being lost in the battle, the sword was an offering to the gods deposited in the lake. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ #viking #vikings #vikingage #vikingtid #sword #vikinglife #vikingsword #ironage #vikingstyle #meetthevikings #copenhagen #denmark #søndersø #ritual #prehistory #past #ancient #historic #history #archeology #archaeologist #arkeologi #arkæologi #archeologia #archeologie #arqueologia #arheologija #Archäologie #Archéologie
1. December It’s the first of December and Christmas is officially upon us. The Norwegian word for Christmas is «jul», which derives from the old norse word «jòl» or «ylir». At this time of year the vikings would hold a blòt, a sacrifice to the Norse gods. The jòleblot also included a celebration with alcoholic beverages and good food. The word jòl is actually older than the vikings, so old that we’re not completly sure where it comes from. In English there’s the word yuletide, which is still in use today. These words sounds very similar. Perhaps they have the same ancient origin? Christmas has always been characterized by strong traditions. The nordic celebration has changed from being about dark forces and the mystical, to bright bruning candles and magical expectations of what’s to come. . . . #viking #vikinglife #norse #ironage #vikingtid #vikingreenactment #vikingclothing #braids #forest #snow #frost #winterforest #winter #christmas #jul #jòl #juleblot #norsegods #yuletide #nature #livinghistory #history #traditions #magical #mystical #december #adventcalender #norway
Christmas has always been my favourite holiday. The darkest month of the year feels so mystical and magical. This December I therefore want to share some of the traditions and myths conected to the yuletime in Norway. Some of them goes all the way back to the viking ages, and are maybe even older than that. Others dates back to the Middle Ages. My account will therefore be a history mix the coming days until Christmas, just so I can share all of these fantastic stories with you. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do☺️❄️ . . #vikinglife #viking #vikingage #ironage #medieval #middleages #middelalder #vikingtid #history #livinghistory #christmas #jul #yuletide #traditions #myths #norse #nordic #norway #december #tree #forest #winter #winterforest #nature #frost #snow
Thor's hammer amulet, from the Viking Age, made of iron. Found on the Soppaland farm in Rogaland county in W Norway. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ #thor #thorhammer #viking #vikings #vikingage #vikingtid #vikingjewelry #vikingart #vikinglife #norse #symbols #asgard #mjolnir #arkeologi #arkæologi #archeologie #archeologia #arqueologia #arheologija #archäologie #archéologie #prehistory #ironage #past #ancient #historic #archaeologist #exhibition #museum #archeology
This weekend I took a course in tablet weaving, and it was so much fun😃 Looking forward to be avle to create more of these beautiful and colourful ribbons based on historical finds. Thank you for teaching me @a.m.raaness ☺️ 📸: @froyel #viking #vikinglife #norse #livinghistory #history #vikingage #ironage #vikingtid #tabletweaving #ribbons #brikkeveving #brikkebånd #crafts #funtimes #course #trondheimvikinglag #trondheimvikingmarked
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