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The Caspian Expeditions of the Varangian Rus’

June 5, 2020 — The Caspian expeditions of the Varangian Rus’ were military raids undertaken by the Varangians — warriors and merchants from Scandinavia and Gotland — between 864 and 1041. The raids targeted the shores of the Caspian Sea, including Persia. LEARN MORE »

Norse Lore: Polar Bears, Yuletide, and Berserker Rituals in the Sagas

December 22, 2019 — Bears were deeply respected animals in the Viking Age, a tradition that likely hailed from pre-historic animism and warrior initiation rituals of ancient Scandinavia and Finland. Historical sources point to a thriving bear cult attested by the many berserker (Old Norse: berserkr) poems available in the Icelandic sagas, while the Goths’ ancient heathen law describes legal matters concerning man-to-man duels that took place in the Old North, known as holmgang (Old Norse: hólmgǫngr). LEARN MORE »

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