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Nine Realms of Norse Cosmology
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Nine Realms of Norse Cosmology

Norse cosmology divided the universe into nine realms. The center of the universe was the great world-tree Yggdrasil and the nine realms either spread out from the tree or existed in levels stretching from the roots down and, marginally...
Norse Ghosts & the Afterlife
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Norse Ghosts & the Afterlife

The best-known vision of the Norse afterlife is that of Valhalla, the hall of the heroes where warriors chosen by the Valkyries feast with the god Odin, tell stories from their lives, and fight each other in preparation for the final battle...
Saga
Definitionby Emma Groeneveld

Saga

The Old Norse word saga means 'story', 'tale' or 'history' and normally refers specifically to the epic prose narratives written mainly in Iceland between the 12th- and 15th centuries CE, covering the country's history as well as Scandinavia's...
Ten Norse Mythology Facts You Need to Know
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Ten Norse Mythology Facts You Need to Know

The stories that make up what is known today as Norse mythology once informed the religious beliefs of the people of regions including Scandinavia and Iceland. To the Norse, the world was an enchanted place of gods, spirits, and other entities...
Cwenthryth of Mercia
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Cwenthryth of Mercia

Cwenthryth of Mercia (also given as Cwoenthryth, 9th century CE) was the daughter of King Coenwulf (r. 796-821 CE). Little is known of her actual life but she later became infamous in the 12th century CE through the legend of St. Kenelm as...
Bjorn Ironside: the Legendary Viking Warrior From the Historical Sagas
Videoby Kelly Macquire

Bjorn Ironside: the Legendary Viking Warrior From the Historical Sagas

You may know him from the TV series Vikings, but Bjorn Ironside is a legendary Viking known from the medieval stories and historical sagas of raiding alongside his father Ragnar Lothbrok and his brothers, with the most well known being Ivar...
The Vikings! - Crash Course World History 224
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The Vikings! - Crash Course World History 224

In which John Green teaches you about Vikings! That's right, one of our most requested subjects, the Vikings, right here on Crash Course. So what's the deal with Vikings? Well, the stuff you've heard about them may not be true. The Vikings...
Norse Clothing as Depicted in the Vikings
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Norse Clothing as Depicted in the Vikings

Norse clothing as depicted in the TV show Vikings. Photo by Bernard Walsh - © Photographer: Jonathan Hession. © History Channel
Publicity Still, Vikings TV Show by HISTORY Channel
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Publicity Still, Vikings TV Show by HISTORY Channel

A publicity still showing several of the key characters from the Vikings TV series 2013-present. Photo by HISTORY - © 2016 The HISTORY Channel
The Saxons
Definitionby Cristian Violatti

The Saxons

The Saxons were a Germanic tribe that originally occupied the region which today is the North Sea coast of the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. Their name is derived from the seax, a distinct knife popularly used by the tribe. One of the...
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