I am happy to welcome podcaster, Noah Tetzner, to my blog. Like me, Noah shares a fascination with Vikings and the Viking Age, which he covers extensively on his podcast, The History of Vikings. And now Noah has added another feather to his cap with the publishing of his new book, The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide. I had the honor of catching up with Noah to ask him a few questions. Read the interview here.
Much has been written about the Scandinavians going viking, and how those raids evolved from attacking vulnerable targets and collecting booty and slaves, into the conquest and colonization of kingdoms. With this post, I wanted to bring your attention back to the home front, where the strife between the Scandinavians followed a similar trajectory.
In my previous posts, I have focused all of my attention on Norway, and in particular, on the kings and sub-kings of present-day Norway during the 9th-10th century AD. I now would like to shift the focus east, to what was then called the Way East, or Austrvegr.
I am thrilled to share the cover art and synopsis of Book #3 of Hakon's Saga with all of you. The book is called War King, and as the title suggests, it’s full of action.
This week’s people of interest are Harald Fairhair’s son, Olav, and grandson, Trygvi, both kings of Vingulmark (and later, Vestfold), which is the area around present-day Oslo, and whose name means impenetrable forest.
This week, I am diving a bit deeper into Harald Gormsson (also known as Harald Bluetooth), one of the more industrious kings of the Viking Age.
This week we look at another influential character in the life and times of Hakon the Good: Jarl Tore Ragnvaldsson or Jarl Tore "the Silent" of More.
I am happy to announce that my Viking historical fiction novels God’s Hammer and Raven’s Feast have released in audiobook format.
Social class. It is one of those storytelling elements that can affect plot, character, and setting. But what happens when the social hierarchy is not so clear?