Currently in Louisville, KY. I'll mostly be concentrating on native plants, history of my ancestors and other subjects which interest me. Photos are either mine, are by friends, from other blogs on Tumblr or come from other open sources.
The White Death- Illustrated Story: A Youtube video with with images taken from a Finnish Graphic Novel about the career of Simo Häyhä, a Finnish sniper during the Winter War of 1939-40, where Finland, against overwhelming odds repelled a Russian invasion.
See this Wikipedia article for more information about him:
Probably the best known of the multitude of items offered at the Nydam Mose (Bog) during the Germanic Iron Age is this clinker (lapstrake) built boat. Others artifacts include weapons-some inscribed with the runic charm alu. Everything that has been found has been theorized to have been offerings given by local tribes to the gods (Possibly Wodanaz or Tiwaz, modern Odin and Tyr) in thanks for victories over their enemies.
The Nydam boat was built around 320 so technically it is not a “Viking” boat. Looking at the boat one can see the continuity, the traditional start of the Viking age, 793, is artificial.
I think they are referring to a pine tree shaped marking sometimes preserved on carvings written in the Elder Futhark. Some folks link it to the verse “And twice shall you call on Tyr” in the Sigrdrífumál.
Yule, or Jól as it was spelled in the Old Norse, was the Midwinter celebration of the Germanic peoples before Christianity had spread far into those regions. The Norse year was divided up into two season: Summer and…