The Hall of Heorot

The Foremost of Halls Under Heaven

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oldschoolfrp:

Beowulf sails for Heorot Hall.  (Roger Raupp from “Three cheers for Beowulf, Different portraits of the legendary hero”, Dragon magazine No. 85, May 1984.)

oldschoolfrp:

Beowulf sails for Heorot Hall.  (Roger Raupp from “Three cheers for Beowulf, Different portraits of the legendary hero”, Dragon magazine No. 85, May 1984.)

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Pendant with rune carving, Silver
The four-lined inscription is carved on the backside of a pendant of Frankish origin.
Grave find Björkö, Adelsö, Uppland, Sweden.
The Swedish History Museum, Stockholm

Pendant with rune carving, Silver

The four-lined inscription is carved on the backside of a pendant of Frankish origin.

Grave find Björkö, Adelsö, Uppland, Sweden.

The Swedish History Museum, Stockholm

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cynthiagrlx:


The elves were also called álfar. The elves were a race of mythical beings, who were, in a way, lesser deities. They weren’t exactly gods in the normal sense, but they did possessed powers. They are similar to Roman household deities, such as the Penates and Lares, where people prayed to them to protect home and household.
People also prayed to the elves for healing, as it was the case for Kormak in the Kormaks Saga (13th century). Kormak had wounded Thorvard. The witch Thordis advised Thorvard to allow the elves to heal him, he sacrificed a bull at the elf’s mound. He first slaughtered the bull, then sprinkling the blood around the mound, before preparing the meat for elves to feast on. The sacrifice was known as álfablót or “elf’s sacrifice”.
There are some scattered references of elves in the Poetic Edda, but their roles in Norse myths were minimal, at best. Snorri Sturluson mention how the gods created a world for which they were to live in, and the difference between the light-elves (ljósálfar) and dark elves (dokkálfar) or black elves (svartálfar), but nothing about individual elf.
What we do know is that the elves or light-elves lived in one of the Nine Worlds, called Alfheim. The Vanir god Freyr has his palace and hall in Alfheim, where he ruled as their god. It was said that the gods gave Alfheim to Freyr, as payment for losing his tooth.
…Alfheim the gods gave to Freyrin bygone days as tooth-payments.Grimnir’s Sayings 5, from The Poetic Eddatranslated by Carolyne Larrington

There are other types of light-elves such as muntælfen (mountain elf), landælf (field elf), wæterælfen or saeælfen (water nymph) and wuduælfen (wood spirit).
There are several different types of elves, and they seemed to be related to the dwarves, because Snorri referred the black elves (svartálfar) as dwarves, or the black elves are not elves at all. The black elves lived in a different world called Svartalfheim, while the dwarves lived in Nidavellir.
As to the dark elves (dokkálfar), Snorri says that they were black than pitch and lived underground. They are unlike the light-elves in appearance and nature.
I should also mentioned that in the Eddaic poem, titled Volundarkvida – the “Lay of Volund”, the master smith Volund (Wayland) was known as the Lord of Elves. Which type of elves did he belonged to? Or is he really the lord of dwarves, who were known as black elves (svartálfar). Since Volund/Wayland was a master craftsman/smith, a skill often attributed to the dwarves, then Volund could very well be the Lord of the Svartálfar. Volund was popularly known in English speaking countries as Wayland.
The truth is that the writers in the Norse myths don’t have much to say about the elves. Their roles were developed more later in folklore, fairy tales and in the world of fantasy novels, such as by the novelist J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
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cynthiagrlx:

The elves were also called álfar. The elves were a race of mythical beings, who were, in a way, lesser deities. They weren’t exactly gods in the normal sense, but they did possessed powers. They are similar to Roman household deities, such as the Penates and Lares, where people prayed to them to protect home and household.

People also prayed to the elves for healing, as it was the case for Kormak in the Kormaks Saga (13th century). Kormak had wounded Thorvard. The witch Thordis advised Thorvard to allow the elves to heal him, he sacrificed a bull at the elf’s mound. He first slaughtered the bull, then sprinkling the blood around the mound, before preparing the meat for elves to feast on. The sacrifice was known as álfablót or “elf’s sacrifice”.

There are some scattered references of elves in the Poetic Edda, but their roles in Norse myths were minimal, at best. Snorri Sturluson mention how the gods created a world for which they were to live in, and the difference between the light-elves (ljósálfar) and dark elves (dokkálfar) or black elves (svartálfar), but nothing about individual elf.

What we do know is that the elves or light-elves lived in one of the Nine Worlds, called Alfheim. The Vanir god Freyr has his palace and hall in Alfheim, where he ruled as their god. It was said that the gods gave Alfheim to Freyr, as payment for losing his tooth.

…Alfheim the gods gave to Freyr
in bygone days as tooth-payments.

Grimnir’s Sayings 5, from The Poetic Edda
translated by Carolyne Larrington

There are other types of light-elves such as muntælfen (mountain elf), landælf (field elf), wæterælfen or saeælfen (water nymph) and wuduælfen (wood spirit).

There are several different types of elves, and they seemed to be related to the dwarves, because Snorri referred the black elves (svartálfar) as dwarves, or the black elves are not elves at all. The black elves lived in a different world called Svartalfheim, while the dwarves lived in Nidavellir.

As to the dark elves (dokkálfar), Snorri says that they were black than pitch and lived underground. They are unlike the light-elves in appearance and nature.

I should also mentioned that in the Eddaic poem, titled Volundarkvida – the “Lay of Volund”, the master smith Volund (Wayland) was known as the Lord of Elves. Which type of elves did he belonged to? Or is he really the lord of dwarves, who were known as black elves (svartálfar). Since Volund/Wayland was a master craftsman/smith, a skill often attributed to the dwarves, then Volund could very well be the Lord of the Svartálfar. Volund was popularly known in English speaking countries as Wayland.

The truth is that the writers in the Norse myths don’t have much to say about the elves. Their roles were developed more later in folklore, fairy tales and in the world of fantasy novels, such as by the novelist J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

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skarsgardfans:

#sdcc  Info on new Vikings comic book, cast appearances at Comic Con! This Friday!! Plus an off site fan experience!! 
HISTORY has created a custom, limited edition VIKINGS comic book that will be given to select fans at SDCC
In this exclusive comic book for SDCC, the character Floki entertains the Vikings with a humorous tale of Thor, Loki and other gods.
HISTORY’S Hit Drama Series VIKINGSReturns to Raid San Diego Comic Con 2014 with Panel and Appearances by Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Alexander Ludwig and Creator Michael Hirst
HISTORY®’s hit scripted drama series VIKINGS returns to San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 25 with several exciting opportunities for fans, including a panel with exclusive season three footage, an interactive “On the Set” experience and autograph signing.
 
Details are as follows:
HISTORY’s VIKINGS Panel: Friday, July 25 from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., Room 6AVIKINGS returns to SDCC fresh from the season three set. Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn) along with Michael Hirst (writer/creator) and Julian Hobbs (VP Scripted & Non-Fiction Development & Programming, HISTORY) will reveal an exclusive sneak peek of the new season. Don’t miss out – come join them and find out what the gods have in store for season three!
 
“On the Set with VIKINGS”: Thursday, July 24 – Saturday, July 26. Location: 450 2nd AvenueCast Autograph Signing on Friday, July 25 from 1 – 2 p.m. at 450 2nd AvenueFans will get a behind-the-scenes look at VIKINGS and have a starring role in their own custom video that can be shared on social media. From the moment fans enter the “back-lot” they will be treated as cast members. Upon entering, guests will create a character profile and choose a weapon of choice. Next, they will meet with hair and make-up artists to become transformed into a fierce Viking and be placed into three scenes complete with Vikings ships, battles, axes and villages. When fans have completed the experience they will have a :30 video to share via Twitter, Facebook or Vine.Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn) will make an appearance on Friday, July 25 from 1 – 2 p.m. at 450 2nd Ave. to sign autographs and take photos with fans.VIKINGS Comic Book – Creator & Story by Michael Hirst, Written by Joe Brusha & Ralph Tedesco, Artwork by Giuliano Piccinnino with Cover Art by Anthony SprayCustom, limited edition VIKINGS comic book will be given to select fans who visit the “On the Set” activation on 450 2nd Avenue. In this exclusive comic book for SDCC, the character Floki entertains the Vikings with a humorous tale of Thor, Loki and other gods.
About VIKINGS
VIKINGS tells the extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors. The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but, through the eyes of Viking society. VIKINGS centers on Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own.
 
Travis Fimmel (Warcraft) continues to lead the stellar cast as Ragnar, along with Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, an Earl and fierce shield maiden; Clive Standen as Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive brother; Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn, the intelligent and bold warrior son of Ragnar; George Blagden as Athelstan, a young and not-so-innocent monk; Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, beautiful wife of the late Earl Haraldson; Linus Roache as Ecbert, King of Wessex, a man of strength, knowledge and undisguised ambition; Gustaf Skarsgard asFloki, a ship builder who designs the new generation of Vikings ships and Alyssa Sutherland as Princess Aslaug, Ragnar’s new wife.
 
Joining the cast for season three are Lothaire Bluteau (The Tudors) as Emperor Charles of France, a powerful man who views battling the Vikings as spiritual and earthly; Kevin Durand (The Strain) as The Wanderer, a mysterious man who is not what he seems; and Morgane Polanski (The Ghost) as Princess Gisla, the elegant, self-possessed daughter of Emperor Charles and his most trusted advisor and Ben Robson (Dracula: The Dark Prince) as Kalf, Lagertha’s trusted second in command
 
VIKINGS is created and written by Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series The Tudors).
 
HISTORY® has picked up a 10-episode third season of VIKINGS. Season three is currently in production in Ireland and is slated to return in 2015.

skarsgardfans:

#sdcc  Info on new Vikings comic book, cast appearances at Comic Con! This Friday!! Plus an off site fan experience!! 

HISTORY has created a custom, limited edition VIKINGS comic book that will be given to select fans at SDCC

In this exclusive comic book for SDCC, the character Floki entertains the Vikings with a humorous tale of Thor, Loki and other gods.

HISTORY’S Hit Drama Series VIKINGS
Returns to Raid San Diego Comic Con 2014 
with Panel and Appearances by 

Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, 
Alexander Ludwig and Creator Michael Hirst

HISTORY®’s hit scripted drama series VIKINGS returns to San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 25 with several exciting opportunities for fans, including a panel with exclusive season three footage, an interactive “On the Set” experience and autograph signing.

 

Details are as follows:

HISTORY’s VIKINGS Panel: Friday, July 25 from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., Room 6A
VIKINGS returns to SDCC fresh from the season three set. Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn) along with Michael Hirst (writer/creator) and Julian Hobbs (VP Scripted & Non-Fiction Development & Programming, HISTORY) will reveal an exclusive sneak peek of the new season. Don’t miss out – come join them and find out what the gods have in store for season three!

 

“On the Set with VIKINGS”: Thursday, July 24 – Saturday, July 26. Location: 450 2nd Avenue
Cast Autograph Signing on Friday, July 25 from 1 – 2 p.m. at 450 2nd Avenue
Fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at VIKINGS and have a starring role in their own custom video that can be shared on social media. From the moment fans enter the “back-lot” they will be treated as cast members. Upon entering, guests will create a character profile and choose a weapon of choice. Next, they will meet with hair and make-up artists to become transformed into a fierce Viking and be placed into three scenes complete with Vikings ships, battles, axes and villages. When fans have completed the experience they will have a :30 video to share via Twitter, Facebook or Vine.

Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn) will make an appearance on Friday, July 25 from 1 – 2 p.m. at 450 2nd Ave. to sign autographs and take photos with fans.

VIKINGS Comic Book – Creator & Story by Michael Hirst, Written by Joe Brusha & Ralph Tedesco, Artwork by Giuliano Piccinnino with Cover Art by Anthony Spray
Custom, limited edition VIKINGS comic book will be given to select fans who visit the “On the Set” activation on 450 2nd Avenue. In this exclusive comic book for SDCC, the character Floki entertains the Vikings with a humorous tale of Thor, Loki and other gods.

About VIKINGS

VIKINGS tells the extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors. The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but, through the eyes of Viking society. VIKINGS centers on Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own.

 

Travis Fimmel (Warcraft) continues to lead the stellar cast as Ragnar, along with Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, an Earl and fierce shield maiden; Clive Standen as Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive brother; Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn, the intelligent and bold warrior son of Ragnar; George Blagden as Athelstan, a young and not-so-innocent monk; Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, beautiful wife of the late Earl Haraldson; Linus Roache as Ecbert, King of Wessex, a man of strength, knowledge and undisguised ambition; Gustaf Skarsgard asFloki, a ship builder who designs the new generation of Vikings ships and Alyssa Sutherland as Princess Aslaug, Ragnar’s new wife.

 

Joining the cast for season three are Lothaire Bluteau (The Tudors) as Emperor Charles of France, a powerful man who views battling the Vikings as spiritual and earthly; Kevin Durand (The Strain) as The Wanderer, a mysterious man who is not what he seems; and Morgane Polanski (The Ghost) as Princess Gisla, the elegant, self-possessed daughter of Emperor Charles and his most trusted advisor and Ben Robson (Dracula: The Dark Prince) as Kalf, Lagertha’s trusted second in command

 

VIKINGS is created and written by Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series The Tudors).

 

HISTORY® has picked up a 10-episode third season of VIKINGS. Season three is currently in production in Ireland and is slated to return in 2015.

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my-oldest-memory:

A hörgr (Old Norse, plural hörgar) or hearg (Old English) was a type of religious building or altar possibly consisting of a heap of stones, used in Norse paganism. Hörgar are attested in the Poetic Edda; compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda; written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, sagas, in the poetry of skalds, the Old English poem Beowulf, and in various place names, often in connection with Germanic deities.

my-oldest-memory:

A hörgr (Old Norse, plural hörgar) or hearg (Old English) was a type of religious building or altar possibly consisting of a heap of stones, used in Norse paganism. Hörgar are attested in the Poetic Edda; compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda; written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, sagas, in the poetry of skalds, the Old English poem Beowulf, and in various place names, often in connection with Germanic deities.