MiscellaneousPosted by Kim Pierri Fri, May 31, 2019 08:48:15
State media “The Daily Sabah” has an article about a “1,200-year-old Viking god
Odin statuette seized in central Turkey”.
claims that it is a Viking Age statuette of Odin, found at the home of a smuggler.
Looking at the item its clear that the statuette is not from the Viking Age.
Its clearly inspired by nineteenth century Wagnarian ideas and the costume of
it is all wrong. The shield is not a Viking age shield and the “barbarian clothing”
has nothing to do with what someone from the Viking Age would associate with
Odin (The god of the Cheiftains).
of googling also find many different versions of the statuette. Its an
nineteenth century brass statuette of a Viking and its even part of a set of at
least one more statuette. Below I have posted a
link to one of the many internet auctions that sells these statuettes
MigrationPosted by Kim Pierri Sat, April 20, 2019 11:21:18
In 2014 the
amazing Satellitearcheologist Sarah Parcak examined the Canadian coastline to
look for more Viking settlement as part of a BBC program ““Vikings Unearthed””.
She found some interesting shapes in
Point Rosee on Newfoundland and on a test excavation she found what she thought
was “an iron-working hearth partially surrounded by the remains of what appears
to have been a turf wall.”. For her results you can read this article from 2016: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160331-viking-discovery-north-america-canada-archaeology/
the report Parcak made after the excavation didn’t suppert the first optimistic
articles. Both the Bog Iron and the turf was after further tested shown to be
natural deposits. You can read more in this article: https://www.northernpen.ca/news/local/archaeology-report-confirms-no-evidence-of-norse-presence-at-point-rosee-in-southwestern-newfoundland-214092/
unfortunately that internet news pages doesn’t change articles after it has
been shown that they contain outdated or wrong information. Those old positive
articles from 2016 are still being shared on Facebook here in 2019. Yesterday
there was also a “new” article produces. Unfortunately the new article “DISCOVERY
OF VIKING SITE IN CANADA COULD REWRITE HISTORY” on Archeology World are an
exact copy of and ond article on “The Vintage News”. IT has been copied word by
word (it even says “last june” about events in 2015).
compare the articles here:
The Copy on Archeology World: https://www.archaeology-world.com/discovery-of-viking-site-in-canada-could-rewrite-history/?fbclid=IwAR3uEaulZX5vZyctfkX9F2SY518V6i24i9q7k-Pw48fS87rAeCB5x_1aqEY
The original article from 2016 https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/10/09/discovery-of-1000-year-old-viking-site-in-canada-could-rewrite-history/
MiscellaneousPosted by Kim Pierri Mon, April 01, 2019 10:51:13
This meme have been shared on different Facebook pages.
The problem with the Meme is saying that Saturday (laugardagr in Old Norse) have someting to do with Lokis day. Laugardagr should be translated to “bathing day”, since the Old Norse word “Laug” means bath. Source: https://ordnet.dk/ods/ordbog?query=l%C3%B8rdag&tab=for
The Meme is correct when talking about Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (although it’s not clear from the sources if Friday is Frigg or Freya). It’s also clear that Monday and Sunday is The Day of the Moon and The day of the Sun. The names seem to be a translation of the Latin names for the day. If the Old Norse peoples saw these days as days pertain to the deified moon and sun we really don’t know, but it does seem likely. Source http://denstoredanske.dk/Nordisk_Mytologi/Begreber/ugedage
Some have referred
to this article for the connection between Loki and Laugardagr: http://honortheroots.com/laugardagr/?fbclid=IwAR2UIwD9SIxwIVpaKOMa_KXPgUMlaBBf2FFHdY0OKUCdkUVrFRd7bexZi1k
don’t really add anything serious to the debate. The argument in the article
comes down to the suggestion that the name of the day was changed from Loki’s
day to Laugardagr because the Christians didn’t want to have a day named after
Loki and the article continues “Some scholars have suggested that Laugardagr
was actually named after Loki. “Loke,” being an Lokis Dayabbreviation and later
adaptation from the word “Lodurr” – suggesting that Laugardagr is also a name
that is based upon a one of our gods.”
I have not
been able to identify who these ”scholars” are. There are some scholars think
that the god named Lodurr is the same as Loki. It is not a general accepted
theory, but it could be. We don’t really know. But I have not heard about any
scholar that connect the name Lodurr to the Laugar in Laugardagr. The two words
doesn’t seem to have anything in common with each other, except they both
begins with an “L”
Sources (including books)Posted by Kim Pierri Fri, February 15, 2019 07:07:17
start by reading the general history of the period by an acclaimed historian,
could be Niel Price or Else Roesdahl.
Then I would
read a retelling of the myths. It could be Norse Mythology by Niel Gaiman.
After that I
would read a book about norse religion. A classic would be Myth and Religion of
the North: The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia by Turville-Petra, but that is
hard to get hold on. It could also be something like Scandinavian Mythology by
Hilda Ellis Davidson.
Then I would
read the sources.
Edda/The Poetic Edda (two names for the same work) is a collection of poems, most of them date back
to heathen time. The Havamal many talk about is part of this collection. Read a
modern translation of the complete set of poems. Could be the one by Carolyne Larrington, Jackson
Crawford or Andy Ochard. Its always good to have several translations at hand
to compare, when I doubt. Don’t read the 100 year old translations from
the net as your first choice or all those “study Havamals” from internet shops.
Be a little
more cautious with the younger Edda. It’s the Christian Snorri Sturlassons
interpretation of the poems of The Poetic Edda. Its an important source, but
has to be used with care. Read also a modern translation. I would suggest the
one by Anthony Faulkes. That book can actually be found for free online
good to read The Sagas of the Icelandars, The Heroic Sagas, Saxo and Snorris
Heimskringla. As always read the modern translations if possible. The elder
translations are usally is a hard to read language and has sometimes been altered
to fit the morality of the time of the translation.
Then I would
go on to other books, because I now have a good broad understanding of the
history and myths. A lot of books about Germanic/norse and the runes religion
by modern practiceners have a lot of modern ideas an ideology. That is what is
to be expected. If you have a broad understanding before reading those, you can
see what is what.
Some of the
Elder stuff can be bought fairly cheaply from used bookstores, like Abebooks or
the Amazon sellers. It is also a good idea to use inter-library loans if your
local library doesn’t have the books.
MiscellaneousPosted by Kim Pierri Thu, December 06, 2018 08:54:19
about a picture on “The Viking Way” Facebook group. I made this version with
definitions you see below this text.
a post-medieval Icelandic symbol. It only survive in the Huld Manuscript from
1880. The text going with the symbol in the manuscript is "if this sign is
carried, one will never lose one's way in storms or bad weather, even when the
way is not known".
Around the Vegvísir
a sentence from Tolkiens poem “All that is gold does not glitter” written in
Elder Futhark. The text says: “Not All [those] Who Wander Are Lost”. The text
in the brackets are only in the poem, not on the picture.
seem to be a modern design and the tree design is properly inspired by the trees
on “The Gate of Moria” as I see it, but is clearly Ask Yggdrasil with its 3
WarriorsPosted by Kim Pierri Tue, November 20, 2018 14:25:52
The article is i Danish, i will soon make an english translation.
I artiklen “Tattooed
Vikings? A look at medieval body art” på medievalists.net skriver Minjie Su “He
also describes images of wild boars that the Aestyans or the amber-gatherers
‘wear’ to honour and invoke protection from the Mother of the Gods. ‘This alone
serves them for arms, this is the safeguard of all, and by this every
worshipper of the Goddess is secured even amidst his foes. Rare amongst them is
the use of weapons of iron, but frequent that of clubs.’ The boar tattoo, if
Tacitus can be trusted, offers an interesting comparison to the animal design
of the Scots.”
Min latinske viden er ikke særlig stor, så derfor er jeg nødt
til at kigge på oversættelser af Tacitus. Jeg har et par stykker, så dem har
jeg kigget igennem. Det der er interessant er henvisningerne til Aestiskernes
Stamme og deres brug af vildsvin som beskyttelse i kamp. Det citerede stykke (fra
kapitel 45.2) lyder jo som om der er tale om billeder på kroppen. Når jeg
kigger i de oversættelser jeg har, så kan jeg ikke finde belæg for denne
I den nyeste danske oversættelse (Taticus: Germania, oversat
af Allan A. Lund, Wormianum 2016) står der ”Som symbol på deres tro bærer de
alle figurer af vildsvin, og det er typisk for dem at gå med denne talisman i
stedet for våben”
I Taticus: Germania og Agricola oversat af H. H. Lefolii udgiver
at Bonde og Bonde forlag 1966 står der ”Som et til denne gudetro hørende mærke
bærer de genstande, der har skikkelse af Vildsvin”
I Tacitus: Germania 1 oversat af Niels Bruun og Allen Lund (Wormianum
1974) står der ”Som symbol for deres tro bærer de figurer af Vildsvin”.
Jeg kan som sagt ikke latin, men når nu alle de oversættelser
omtaler talismænd/genstande/figurer, så er der nok ikke tale om tatoveringer.
Artiklen jeg omtaler findes her: http://www.medievalists.net/2018/05/tattooed-vikings-a-look-at-medieval-body-art/?fbclid=IwAR0FfDbOILaPz4SRHj0FGBVQFK7Omb5LL2koDf-iA0lvd5w0zQBfVGIpoFU
MiscellaneousPosted by Kim Pierri Fri, August 18, 2017 10:58:00
will appear regularly in different Facebook pages.
When I read
the Meme I feel it makes four statements, and I will look into each:
1. Jord was
the first wife of Odin and mother of Thor.
true, it can be attested in the lore (look for references in Simek; Dictionary
of Northern Mythology: p. 179)
(Jord) was also known as mother Earth
This is a
bit harder. I can’t seem to find any reference to anyone in ancient Scandinavia
talking about a “Mother Earth”. It’s mainly a modern concept used to associate
the same function in different mythologies around the world. It is not clear to
Ymir, the giant from which Midgard was made and me the relationship with the
3. Her name Jord was pronounces Yard
know which lauguage it is referring to, I don’t know old norse but in modern
Scandinavian language Jord are pronounced different from the English Yard.
literally means Earth or Land! And is why we call parsel of land a Yard
with the English word Yard. There are two origins of the word yard. The first
one are the measurement from the Old English word Gerd, meaning Stick/rod (from
the yardstick that was used to measure length). This is not the word referred
to in the Meme.
meaning of Yard are a "patch of ground around a house" from Old
English geard or Old Norse garðr. (source http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=yard&fref=gc)
looked at the danish word Jord, and it has its origin in the Old Norse word
jörð and the old english word eorþe. From http://ordnet.dk/ddo/ordbog?query=jord
So you see,
that the old Norse/Scandinavian word Jord for earth/soil/goddess have different
old Norse and old English origins. So there are no common origin between the
I will add an
observation here, that the English word Yard has a connection to the Old Norse
word garðr (fence), which are part of Old Norse Miðgarðr (Midgard), which are
one of the 9 worlds and the world the humans live in. But saying that because
Midgard are the fenced area where the humans lives and a fenced area around you
house are the same word is a bit of a stretch. I will also say that we don’t
know if the Goddess are Jord are associated with Midgard, or maybe the soil.
MigrationPosted by Kim Pierri Mon, July 17, 2017 10:38:01
Daily Report made some time ago another fake news story about Vikings in North
America. This time they concocted story about a Viking settlement near the town
of Cheboygan, on the coast of Lake Huron. You can se the fake story here:
This story was
published by World News Daily Report, which are a homepage with intentional
fake news. They write in their disclaimer: “WNDR assumes however all
responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional
nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this
website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any
resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a
much information in the fake story. I days that 194 artifacts has been found by
an amateur archeologist and that the Department of Archaeology of the
University of Michigan are going to take over the site. The other information
in the article are some of the artifacts. As in the fake story, they made about
the Mississippi Viking Ship, they have borrowed the picture from a real archeological
excavation. The artifacts in the article was found in Steinkjer near Trondheim
Source for the picture: https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.dk/2013/07/finds-hint-at-major-viking-trade-centre.html#P8ZCtUeL2Tk3Hd03.97