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13 Complete Soldier's Kits From The Armies Of 1066 Until 2014

1066 huscarl, Battle of Hastings ‘The Anglo-Saxon warrior at Hastings is perhaps not so very different from the British “Tommy” in the trenches,’ photographer Thom Atkinson says. At the Battle of Hastings, soldiers' choice of weaponary was extensive.

1244 mounted knight, Siege of Jerusalem Re-enactment groups, collectors, historians and serving soldiers helped photographer Thom Atkinson assemble the components for each shot. ‘It was hard to track down knowledgeable people with the correct equipment,’ he says. ‘The pictures are really the product of their knowledge and experience.’


1415 fighting archer, Battle of Agincourt Having worked on projects with the Wellcome Trust and the Natural History Museum, photographer Thom Atkinson has turned his focus to what he describes as ‘the mythology surrounding Britain’s relationship with war’.


1485 Yorkist man-at-arms, Battle of Bosworth ‘There’s a spoon in every picture,…




The Iron Age in Britain The period of human history when the use of iron became widespread is called the Iron Age. In Britain it begins around 800 BC and ends in AD 43 with the Roman invasion. There is a longer Iron Age in Scotland, which was not conquered by the Romans. The ancient Greeks and Romans called the Iron Age people of western Europe ‘Celts’. Many of these Celtic peoples spoke related languages and created similar abstract art styles, suggesting that intermarriage, trade and other links brought communities from the Atlantic to the Black Sea into regular contact. Although Britain and Ireland were never explicitly referred to as Celtic by the Greeks and Romans, they were part of this world of shared art and languages. Iron Age peoples did not write down their own histories. This means that archaeologists must use the objects that these peoples left behind to reconstruct their lives. This exhibition contains a diverse collection of objects from across Britain. Ea…


What is it?
First half of the 11th century A.D.
Iron, silver, gold, silver thread, copper alloy thread
Langeid, Setesdal Valley, southern Norway
3.08 feet long

Runic Odes

ye Rulers of the North,
Spirits of exalted worth;
By the silence of the night,
By subtle magic’s secret rite;
By Peolphan murky King,
Master of th’ enchanted ring;
By all and each of hell’s grim host,
Howling demon, tortur’d ghost;
By each spell and potent word
Burst from lips of Glauron’s Lord;
By Coronzon’s awful power;
By the dread and solemn hour,
When Gual fierce, and Hamad strong,
Stride the blast that roars along;
Or, in fell descending swoop,
Bid the furious spirit stoop
O’er desolation’s gloomy plain,
Haunt of warriors battle slain.
Now the world in sleep is laid,
Thorbiorga calls your aid Mark the sable feline coat,
Spotted girdle velvet-wrought;
Mark the skin of glistening snake,
Sleeping seiz’d in forest brake;
Mark the radiant crystal stone,
On which days Sovereign never shone,
From the cavern dark and deep
Digg’d i’ th’ hour of mortal sleep;
Mark the cross, in mystic round [2]
Meetly o’er the sandal bound,
And the symbols grav’d thereon,
Holiest Tetragrammaton! [3]
Now whil…

The Norse King's Sorcerous Daughter


The Dark, or Pitch-Pine, Daughter of the Norse King, and How She Thinned the Woods of Lochaber Long ago, the Norsemen came here to lay claim and take possession of the land. Their visits were frequent and numerous to the west coast and its islands, and their reputation was terrible. Famous they were for their indulgence in every manner of cruel vandalism and wanton destruction, and they would slaughter people wherever they landed. The Norsemen were a rough band that were bold and courageous, hardy yet peremptory and unscrupulous. They described themselves as merchants, but woe betide any that displeased them with their bargaining. The Norsemen had their ways to make a deal more favourable for them through cunning and intimidation. Should any folk not wish to trade, the Norsemen would not mind; they just took and fought fiercely against any that opposed them. Clever as a pack of wolves, they hunted together as such. Yet the bite of their swords and axes were…

El Cuento de Eirek el Viajero

Eireks saga víðförla
The Complete Fornaldarsögur Norðurlanda Legendary Sagas of the Northland in English Translation

Traducido por Peter Tunstall

© 2005 Peter Tunstall

Traducido del inglés por Gaby F.

1. El juramento de Eirek

Thrand es el nombre del primer rey que gobernó en Thrandheim. Él le llamó a un hijo Eirek, un hombre muy querido desde temprana edad. Era fuerte de cuerpo, valiente y excelente en todo; y así creció.

Se cuenta que aquél Yule, Eirek hizo este voto solemne: Que él viajaría por el mundo entero en busca del lugar que los hombres paganos llaman El Acre Inmortal, y los cristianos la Tierra del Folk Vivo, o Paraíso. Este voto se hizo famoso por toda Noruega.
El siguiente verano Eirek equipa un barco magnífico y navega hacia Dinamarca. Había doce en su barco. El rey de los daneses tenía un hijo, quien era también llamado Eirek . El rey danés y su hijo invitaron a Eirek Thrandarson a quedarse el invierno con ellos, y él aceptó. Los dos Eireks se convirtieron en amigo…

Hallan en Noruega una espada vikinga de hace 1.200 años en perfecto estado de conservación

Se investiga si la zona puede ser una vieja ruta comercial o un cementerio.
Una espada vikinga de hace 1.200 años y en buen estado de conservación fue encontrada en el oeste de Noruega por un montañista y se investiga si la zona puede ser una vieja ruta comercial o un cementerio. "Un hombre la halló entre unos acantilados mientras pescaba en la región montañosa de Haukeli, a unos 1.100 metros de altura", explicó el arqueólogo Jostein Aksdal a la agencia DPA. Al parecer, el hombre la guardó durante algún tiempo hasta que un desconocido le dijo que podría tratarse de una espada antigua, y entonces la llevó a un museo. Según Aksdal, está previsto que un equipo de arqueólogos investigue la zona, por si pudiera tratarse de una antigua ruta comercial. "Esperamos que el invierno sea suave o, de lo contrario, tendremos que aguardar hasta el próximo año", manifestó. Este tipo de espadas, con una hoja que mide unos 70 centímetros de longitud, pertenecían normalmente…

Hann lá eigi kyrr’: Revenants and a Haunted Past in the Sagas of Icelanders


By Rebecca Merkelbach

Introduction: From Antiquity to the present day, the idea of the dead returning to interact with the living has greatly influenced human imagination, and this has been reflected in literature — the product of that imagination. The returning dead — those who liggja eigi kyrr — have taken all kinds of shapes, appearing in dreams and visions, as spirits that talk to the living, and in recent times as vampires and zombies, dominating popular culture as never before. The literature of medieval Iceland partakes in this almost universal conception, but the revenants we meet in these texts – and especially in the Íslendingasögur (Sagas of Icelanders) are different from the disembodied spirits that frequently appear in the medieval literature of other countries: They are corporeal, and mostly threatening and destructive to human society, and in this they resemble present-day concepts of the undead more than their rather innocuous contemporaries: it is their…



Se trata de una historia medieval situada en el siglo XIV (finales de la Edad Media). Cuenta la historia de un guerrero leal al rey Eduardo I que quiere dejar atrás el derramamiento de sangre que propició en todas sus batallas. Un valiente caballero dañado por los estragos de la guerra, debe volver a coger las armas cuando la violencia resurge en el reino.

'The Bastard Executioner' es el nuevo proyecto de Kutt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) para FX. La serie está protagonizada por Lee Jones, Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Kaley Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Sam Spruell (The Last Ship) y Timothy V. Murphy (True Detective), entre otros.

The last kingdom -serie


The Last Kingdom2015

The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he? Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands.

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Hace un par de días empecé a traducir el cuento de Nornagest, el mismo que publiqué en inglés del libro Stories and Ballads traducido del islandés y Faroese, por BY N.KERSHAW- CAMBRIDGE  AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS -1921. Me pareció super interesante  a pesar de que siempre se apunta a la conversión de los paganos al cristianismo, pero más allá de eso recoge varias historias de las sagas en un mismo cuento. 
Jorge Luis Borges hizo su versión del mismo cuento es este:

ODIN Se refiere que a la corte de Olaf Tryggvason, que se había convertido a la nueva fe, llegó una noche un hombre viejo, envuelto en una capa oscura y con el ala del sombrero sobre los ojos. El rey le preguntó si sabía hacer algo; el forastero contestó que sabía tocar el harpa y contar cuentos. Tocó en el harpa aires antiguos, habló de Gudrun y de Gunnar y, finalmente, refirió el nacimiento de Odín. Dijo que tres Parcas vinieron, que la…

Bronze Age Warrior’s Tomb Discovered in Pylos, Greece


Bronze Age Warrior’s Tomb Discovered in Pylos, Greece

CINCINNATI, OHIO—The tomb of a wealthy warrior who had been buried with more than 1,400 artifacts, including jewels and beads made from precious stones, ivory objects, weapons, armor, and vessels made from precious metals has been discovered in southwestern Greece by a team of archaeologists led by researchers from theUniversity of Cincinnati. Many of the objects are in the Minoan style and may have been brought from Crete. The tomb dates to 1500 B.C. and was originally thought to be the corner of a house located in the area of the Palace of Nestor, but the excavators soon realized that they had found an undisturbed grave shaft. “This latest find is not the grave of the legendary King Nestor, who headed a contingent of Greek forces at Troy in Homer’s Iliad. Nor is it the grave of his father, Neleus. This find may be even more important because the warrior predates the time of Nestor and Neleus by, perhaps, 200 or 300 …