“Though some scholars believe their origins may be Greek-Italian, the runes are primarily an ancient Scandinavian oracular alphabet, said to have been given to the God Odin after he made the sacrifice of hanging, upside down, for nine days on the Ygdrissil tree.”
Phyllis Currot, Witch Crafting
“the Ygdrissil tree?” who calls it that? and was He upside down, anyway? or is she confused with the hanged-man card in tarot?
It’s more commonly spelled Yggdrasil, anyway.
okay, little Heathens. take notes!
10 One Nation
Misconception: The Vikings were a nation
The Vikings were not one nation but different groups of warriors, explorers and merchants led by a chieftain. During the Viking age, Scandinavia was not separated into Denmark, Norway and Sweden as it is today, instead each chieftain ruled over a small area. The word Viking does not refer to any location, but is the Old Norse word for a person participating in an expedition to sea.
5 Home Town
Misconception: The Vikings lived only in Scandinavia
The Vikings did originate from the Scandinavian countries, but over time they started settlements in many places, reaching as far as North Africa, Russia, Constantinople, and even North America. There are different theories about the motives driving the Viking expansion, the most common of which is that the Scandinavian population had outgrown the agricultural potential of their homeland. Another theory is that the old trade routes of western Europe and Eurasia experienced a decline in profitability when the Roman Empire fell in the 5th century, forcing the Vikings to open new trading routes in order to profit from international trade. Pictured above is a viking village in Canada. [Image Copyright © Rolf Hicker]
What did Odin whisper into Baldr’s ear?
What did Jesus whisper to Thomas?
I can’t not draw ingwaz. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do about this.
Heathens, I have a question!
Are Ask and Embla more related to Adam and Eve and/or Deucalion and Pyrrha? As in, are they more related to a creation story, or, to a flood story? or both?
submerging myself in Norse myths like a good little Valkyrie.