A new study of the impact of Viking raiders in Eurasia more than 1,000 years ago concludes it had a profound effect on medieval and modern-day Russian culture. Viking style raiding continued in the region as late as the 17th century.
The Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the key pillars of Islam. But such pilgrimages occurred in the region for centuries before the Prophet Muhammed. Is the Hajj essentially Islamic? Has The Islam Pagan Roots?
Eric Bloodaxe, despite his short reign, is one of the most famous Vikings in British history. Who was this violent man, and did he really win himself a kingdom in England when he lost his Norwegian crown?
Rare Norse runes have been discovered in Oslo, but not carved onto the faces of a huge stone megalith, as you might expect, but inscribed onto the faces of a stick and the bone of a large animal. What do they signify?
An Anglo-Saxon Chronicle tells that a giant Norse warrior single-handedly held up the entire English army. Take one look at the battle axe he likely wielded and you will have an idea how he may have managed it.
European folklore is an evolving knowledge domain but what we do know is that certain gods and figures were widely copied across large regions. This is certainly true of the Germanic Erlking who has many names including Odin and Woden!