Can You Ken? XII

Brrrring.

Brrrring.

“Hello? Oh yes, quite right. I’ll get right on that.”

Click.

So, it’s time for another kenning challenge. If you’re familiar with what a kenning is, let’s see if you can decipher this one:

Hand-fire

Do you have your guess?

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A few links about Ribe

So, I’m recovering from a bad ear infection, but I’m still trying to keep up with my posting schedule of at least two things a week. Luckily, there’s been a lot of cool Viking Age links that have popped up on the various websites I watch, so I can do some easy postings. 🙂

Since I recently led that Runic Workshop (handouts can be found here and here, though I haven’t yet gotten back to update them as I want to), I thought this would be an appropriate link to spread. It is about an inscription found on a comb from Ribe, Denmark, from the period when Elder Futhark was being replaced by Younger Futhark. While the inscription itself might not be considered exciting, having a find from this period is since it may provide clues to the reason for the vast changes we find in the Younger Futhark. The article itself is from February of this year.

And since we’re talking about Ribe, an article from Science Nordic from a month ago discusses the various finds of the urban center, and touches upon how Ribe was established.

 

 

Building Houses

So I discovered this small article that details the processes that have helped keep some buildings from 12th century Scandinavia intact for almost a thousand years. It’s not Viking Age, but it does fall into the Literary Age. 🙂 And I think it’s just fascinating to see how you can prep your lumber before cutting down the tree. And that it will last so long!

For something building-related for the late Viking Age, I suggest learning more about the Viking House at the University of Wisconsin — Green Bay (on its Facebook page you can see the new paint job). I had the honor to be able to stay overnight at this house (built by Master of the Laurel, Guttorm meistari Arneson, his articles and class handouts can be found at the Guest Hall at Eithni’s Keep) thanks to Master Edwin atte Bridge, in the fall of 2012, before it was donated to the University. It is an experience I still remember and draw from. I hope to get to visit it in its new home one of these days.

Guttorm meistari has an material on the building technique Grindbygningen, as well as References on Viking Age Buildings, and Longhouse slides.