The Norse Gods: Further Resources

~posted by Ragna the Swift (aka Ruth)

Viking-soxOK, I am a sucker for those sites that create a personalized name for you, be it Pirate, Steampunk, or in this case, Viking.  I like thinking of myself as Ragna the Swift, so I don my Viking Maiden socks (hand knit, of course), as I collect and choose resources to help enter into Rick Riordan’s latest Gods and Demi-Gods series:  Magnus Chase.


Norse Mythology for Smart People

“If you’re looking for reliable, well-documented information on the fascinating gods, goddesses, tales, places, and ideas that comprise the ancient mythology and religion of the Norse and other Germanic peoples, you’ve come to the right place.” This statement welcomes you to a veritable treasure trove of history, stories, and information about the Norse peoples and their cosmology.  I was fascinated by the information on runes, which is a key magical element in Magnus Chase.  Not only were the Norse runes literally letters, they also  had magical powers.  Check out the images of actual ancient runes, as well as ways to play with them, using the runic alphabets  (or futharks) for codes and messages .


The Viking Gods of Norse Mythology

God-checker is your Guide to the Gods, written with humor and chock full of fascinating Norse God facts.  For example, the introduction begins: “The red-blooded, rip-roaring, gung-ho Gods beloved by the Vikings. We could have listed them as Nordic, but ‘Norse’ sounds like the snorting of a giant battle stallion so we went for that. ” You can learn about each God, as well as their connections to other mythologies.  Lots to explore.


The Norse Mythology Blog

This one is a bit more serious, for adults mostly who want to bring more depth to their study of Norse Mythology. Karl Siegfried’s website, The Norse Mythology Blog, was named the world’s Best Religion Weblog in 2012, 2013 and 2014. It is the first religion blog to enter the Weblog Awards Hall of Fame. From his site, you can go to his facebook page, send (or receive) tweets, and even find out the classes you might take from him!  Best of all, he has a free on-line library you can access.


The Viking Rune

Another in-depth website, with information on all aspects of the Viking culture, including history, gods, tattoos, Norse runes, and any information you might want on “The Anglo-Saxon Age.”  There’s even a post on how to create an authentic Norse tattoo based on runes.


What Would Your Viking Name Be?

This one is very straight-forward and easy to navigate to find what your Viking name could be.  There are more sophisticated sites  that truthfully, are probably more authentic, but this one is quick and easy and the tweens and teens in your life will get a kick out of it.

And heed this important Norse saying:

Enn skal lytte, når en gammel hund gjø.
One should listen when an old dog barks.


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