Tag: Norsemen

Lundehund And Elghund – The Dogs Of The Norwegian Vikings

The Norwegian Lundehund and Elghund are two breeds of dogs which originated in Norway and can actually be quite proud of once accompanying the Norwegian Vikings on through their maritime voyages, just like the other sea faring pet choice of the Norsemen, namely the Norwegian forest cats. The Norsk Lundehund (literally meaning ‘Puffin hound’) is…


New Viking Age Ring-Shaped Fortress Discovered In Denmark

In August, 2017, a group of archaeologists used laser technology to locate a well-shaped, circular ring fortification that dates back to the time of King Harald Bluetooth on the island of Zealand, Denmark. This is the first round citadel of its kind to be discovered on Danish soil since the mid 20th century onwards. Several…


A Brief History Of The City Of Aalborg, Denmark During The Viking Era

Aalborg (alternatively spelled in Danish as ‘Ålborg’) is currently Denmark’s fourth-largest city by means of total population and area as well as an important university centre in Northern Europe. The city is situated in the proximity of Limfjorden (a 110 miles-long strait in the north of Jutland) and almost halfway between the North and Baltic…


10 Influences From The Norse Mythology In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Works

It is no secret that J.R.R. Tolkien found inspiration in many cultures and mythologies from all across the world prior to finishing writing the highly critically acclaimed ‘Lord of the Rings’ high-fantasy trilogy (1954-1955) and its predecessor, ‘The Hobbit’ (1937). Amongst his most notable influences it is very much indicated to mention the Norse culture…


How To Bake Authentic Viking Age Knekkebrød (Crisp Bread)

Crisp bread was one of the most popular snacks of the Norsemen during the perilous and tumultuous Viking period. As a matter of fact, even before the start of this historical era crisp bread was baked in central present-day Sweden as early as c. 500 A.D. Under different varieties (including wheat loaf, rye loaf, and…