Can You Ken? XVI

Kenning-time. Kenning-time.
It’s time to guess the Kenning!!

And today’s kenning is…

Lobster’s boathouse

What on earth is that?


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Norse World


Norse World  is a brand new resource that, even though it is post-Viking Age in focus, makes my heart happy. It is brought to us by the University of Upsala:

“The overall aim of the project is to create an infrastructure in the form of an online, open access searchable index and mapping of the foreign place names found in medieval East Norse texts.”

How cool is that?

Her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite

A few weeks ago, the news broke about how in Sweden an 8-year-old pulled out what she believed to be a stick that was protruding from a lake, only to discover that it was in fact a Viking Age sword. As you might guess, like many other reenactors that I know, my first thought was that distributing swords are no basis for a system of government. My second thought was on the various articles I have read about distributing items into lakes, and the Viking Age Norse concepts of water.

Check out from Julie Lund’s (of the University of Oslo) Banks, Borders and Bodies of Water in a Viking Age Mentality as well as Anne Irene Rissøy’s (of Buskerud University College) Sacred Legal Places in Eddie Poetry: Reflected in Real Life?

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.

Daniel Serra, Culinary Archaeologist

I’m a big fan of the work that Daniel Serra does. I have been to one of his lectures, and I have read his blog Eldrimner, and I own the book he co-authored with Hanna Tunberg, An Early Meal: A Viking Age Cookbook and Culinary Odyssey (on ChronoCopia PublishingAmazon). He takes the archaeological record from the Viking Age and helps to interpret that into plausible recipes. Well, he also does for Medieval Scandinavia too. 🙂

And if you’re in Northshield, you’ll have opportunities to listen to him speak.


Also not too far away in Calontir…