Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Life in the Faroes/Lívið í Føroyum

Life in the Faroes/Lívið í Føroyum: "Around 650 A.D., the Vikings came to the Faroe Islands. What many people do not know is that on these islands they faced a unique problem - the rough seas and treacherous coastlines of the Faroe Islands prevented them from safely approaching with their boats. In order to solve this problem, the Vikings developed a primitive method of flying, similar in theory to berserking. Originally they had to take off from cliffs, and flew only short distances to their ships in the ocean."

Friday, January 09, 2009

The Boar's Helm Pub

The Boar's Helm Pub :: View topic - From the Copenhagen Post, village escavated...: "he latest theory is that Tissø was only a temporary residence of a king or royalty, used primarily for feasting, hospitality, entertainment and other ritual functions. The place was in all probability connected to Lejre, near Roskilde, 70 km to the southeast, and the possible ancient seat of the Viking kings. In the hall at Tissø, the powerful local Viking lord or king would carry out his important role of lavishly entertaining important guests and rewarding allies for their loyal assistance, at huge ceremonies and feasts as described in the Icelandic saga and Beowulf, the Old English eighth century epic poem which recounts the tale of the early Danish Viking kings."

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Færeyinga saga - Færeyinga saga: "1. kapítuli

Maður er nefndur Grímur kamban; [1] hann byggði fyrstur manna Færeyjar. En á dögum Haralds hins hárfagra flýðu fyrir hans ofríki fjöldi manna; [2] settust sumir í Færeyjum og byggðu þar, en sumir leituðu til annarra eyðilanda.
Auður hin djúpauðga fór til Íslands og kom við Færeyjar og gifti þar Ólöfu dóttur Þorsteins rauðs, og er þaðan kominn hinn mesti kynþáttur Færeyinga, er þeir kalla Götuskeggja, er byggðu í Austurey."

Friday, January 11, 2008

Viking cemetery

BBC NEWS | England | Cumbria | 'Amazing' Viking cemetery found: "Archaeologists have made what is believed to be the first discovery of a Viking burial site in England.

The burial ground is described as being among the most significant discoveries made in the UK in the past 100 years.

The location, containing the bodies of four men and two women, was found outside the village of Cumwhitton, near Carlisle by local metal enthusiast Peter Adams.

The site is believed to date back to the 10th Century"

Thursday, November 22, 2007

ASLAK Rune stone

Rune stone find authenticated(Denmark) - NNN Reporters Newsroom:

"The Copenhagen Post Rune stone find authenticated 21.11.2007 Archaeologists have confirmed the authenticity of a rune carved into a stone over a millennium ago Add Aslak to the list of names that already includes Roulf, Gudmund, Åver, Sote, Elev, Asgot, Thormund, Ragnhild, Alle and Thorith.
Yesterday, officials from Odense City Museums acknowledged that Aslak is the newest confirmed name of a Viking immortalised in runes.

The announcement comes after a months long study of a stone found earlier this year in the town of Faaborg, Funen. The runes spelling the name Aslak - likely a chieftain during Denmark's late Iron Age or early Viking period - were probably made at some point between 750 and 800 AD. While the stone itself is a sizeable boulder measuring 50 cm by 150 cm, the simple inscription 'Aslak' belies the high status of the person who bore the name. 'He was undoubtedly a very powerful man, since there's some kind of monument to him,' said archaeologist Karsten Kjær Mikkelsen. 'We normally find the remains of settlements, their treasures or their graves, but most exciting of all is when you learn the name of someone who lived in the Viking age.' New rune stone finds are few and far between, and the new find is the first rune to be found on the "

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Håkon's Hall

: " Håkon's Hall has taken its name from its first builder, King Håkon Håkonsson, and was erected between 1247 and 1261.
In the latter year it was in use as 'The Stone Hall' at the wedding and coronation of King Magnus Lagabøte (the Lawmender), Håkon's son and co-ruler. The hall was the largest and most imposing building in the royal residence at 'Holmen' (the holm), the political centre of the 13th-century Norwegian kingdom. It was obviously built for the great occasions in the history of the monarchy and the realm, but also for practical daily use."

haakons hall bergen - Google Search

Saturday, July 21, 2007

passing Cape Wrath to Loch Inver.

Havhingsten fra Glendalough: Follow the ship on map: "On this page you can follow the Sea Stallion from Glendalough by the hour - all the way to Dublin. From the 1st. of July, you can follow the ship up through Roskilde Fjord and up Kattegat to Orkney Islands and the Irish Sea.

The voyage cannot be sailed in one stretch. The range of the longship is limited by the amount of water and provisions which can be carried. In addition, the crew needs times of rest ashore since the open warship is not designed for comfortable voyaging. Once the crew is ready to sail again, they have to wait for favourable wind in order to make a swift and safe passage to the next destination en route."

Navigation data

21/07/07 16:41
Under sail
058° 33.63’ N
005° 06.52’ W
6 knots