Political power and military potential in Roman period Norway

Written by Frans Stylegar. Archeolog and director of Varanger Museum In Norway, at Hvergelmir International.

The court site (tunanlegg, ringformet tun) – i.e. a number of houses placed side by side in a circle (or circle segment), each of the buildings featuring an entrance in the short wall facing the open courtyard in the centre – is a well-known type of site in Norwegian Iron Age archaeology. More than 20 court sites dating from the Early Roman period and later are found along the Norwegian coast from Agder in the Southeast to Troms in the North. In the following text, I put forward some arguments for interpreting these monuments as being integral to military organisation in Roman period Norway, and suggest a connection with the so-called ‘Illerup horizon’ in the Danish bog offerings.

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Weapon graves in Iron Age Norway (1-550 AD)

Written by Frans Stylegar, Archeolog and director of Varanger Museum In Norway, at Hvergelmir International

The present paper deals with a minority of burials in Roman (B-C) and Migration period (D) Norway, namely the ones containing weapons. Its aim is two-folded: 1) to present an overview of this material to non-Norwegian colleagues, and 2) to discuss the significance of the weapon burial rite in its Scandinavian and North European context. Regarding the first, I intend to focus on the chronology, regional distribution and typology of burials with weapons. As for the latter, the emphasis will be on weapon graves as evidence both of the militarisation of barbarian society in general and more specific of warlike relations between the Roman Empire and the northern Germans, particularly the question of Scandinavian auxiliaries in the Roman army.

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Honest cheesemongering (or the perils of shopping for knowledge).

Written by Einar V. Bj. Maack skáld of Hvergelmir International

Today’s society is far different from what it was a millennium ago, a century ago or even just a couple of decades ago.

The free flow of information has made it easier for us all to share our thoughts and knowledge at the flick of a finger.

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Going to the land of the dead

Lēoht Steren, Þyle of Hvergelmir International

A lot of people have made the mistake of thinking that Valhalla (Valhöll – “Hall of the battle-slain” – in Old Norse) is a kind of “Heathen Heaven”, with Odin as a benevolent father-figure to those who come to his door. This is far from what we can discern from the extant lore and, to try and shift perceptions, we offer a short story of one who does not end up in the home of the Einherjar (nor, indeed, should we want them to!):

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Heathen Denominations

by Lēoht Steren, Thyle of Hvergelmir International
Edited and complemented by Sonne Heljarskinn

A Brief Definition of Heathenry:

Heathenry is a modern religion inspired and informed by the cultural religious practices of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples of northern, western and central Europe. Within this modern (and still emerging) religion, we can find numerous denominations that take various approaches based on varying levels of historical study and modern innovation.

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