The Heathen Mythbuster

The Heathen Mythbuster

About the blog

As long as I have been on online heathen forums, I have encountered many modern myths. The internet are full of strange and wonderful theories and that is great, but many of them are not based on real facts or are ignoring facts to get their homegrown theory to fit. I will try to find the facts about these theories and share them here. Some of the posts will properly have to be rewritten/changed to accommodate new data or data I wasn’t aware of then posting the information on the first time. That’s only an natural development for such a blog.
Since I am Danish and English isn’t my first language, I will properly make many grammatical and spelling mistakes. Please bear over with me.

The story of: Viking Artefacts Discovered Near Great Lakes, USA

MigrationPosted by Kim Pierri Mon, July 17, 2017 10:38:01
World News 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 miracle.”.

There isnt 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 in Norway.

Source for the picture: https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.dk/2013/07/finds-hint-at-major-viking-trade-centre.html#P8ZCtUeL2Tk3Hd03.97





Meme about the language of the Skrælings

MigrationPosted by Kim Pierri Sun, November 13, 2016 09:51:28
I've seen this meme on a Asatru Facebookpage. I have looked at the relevant sagas:

In the Saga of the Greenlanders, the people of Karlsefni have dealing with the Native Americans. It says that they don’t understand each other, but nothing about the languages sounding like anything they know. P. 341

In the Saga of Erik the Red Karlsefni can negotiate prices with the natives, but it doesn’t say anything about the language they talk. P. 366

Later they capture some boys and teach then Norse (which might indicate that the negotiating earlier was done without understanding each other’s language). They say that there is a country nearby where people wear white clothes and that the country are called whitemansland, which clearly refer to the white clothes. P. 369

So it’s clear that there’s no reference to the language of the natives and that there is no reference to them meeting people with white skin before (actually there’s no reference to someone described as having white skin at all)

I have used the new danish translation of the sagas and the pages in this article refer to that translation:
Islændingesagaerne samtlige sagaer og niogfyrre totter. Book one.
Saga Forlag, Reykjavik Iceland, 2014

The Mississippi Viking Ship

MigrationPosted by Kim Pierri Tue, September 13, 2016 15:05:52
A comment on the article found here: http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/usa-viking-ship-discovered-near-mississipi-river/

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 miracle.”.

Even though it’s clearly fictitious, I once in a while run into the article posted by people that believe it’s true, so I will look into the article.

The article start with a picture of what are supposed to be the Mississippi Viking ship. It is not, it’s a picture of the longest Viking long ship ever found “The Roskilde 6 ship”. You can see the same picture in this article from a Danish newspaper. http://jyllands-posten.dk/kultur/historie/article5650467.ece

In the intro the WNDR claim that it’s a Knarr type vikingship, which also would be likely to find in the Americas. Knarrs are the big burly trading ships. Unfortunately the ship on the picture are clearly a long ship, and not a Knarr. Long ships are long sleek ships, made for speed and transporting a lot of warriors.

The size for the fictitious ship are also reliable for a Knarr-type ship and are very close to those of the Skuldelev 1 Knarr found in Roskilde Fiord. (source http://www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk/no_cache/besoeg/udstillinger/de-fem-vikingeskibe/skuldelev-1-havskibet/)

There are also a picture of a Viking sword in the article, but that was not found in Mississippi, bur in Scotland in 2011. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-15366336

The professor mentioned in the article are also not a real person and the picture are of an Italian professor from Trinity College in Dublin. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/meeting-held-for-ancient-city-of-karkamis.aspx?pageID=449&nID=67144&NewsCatID=375

As always, if you read an article that falls out of what normally assumed in archeology, then it’s important to look at it critically and check the information in it.

Kim Pierri, Denmark