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Viking Age Podcast

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Sharing the History of The Viking Age, one podcast at a time.We are covering the History of Scandinavia during the Viking Age. We're exploring Raiding, Trading and Settlement of Scandinavians abroad as well as the culture and society of the Norse homelands.Join us to learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about the people, for better or worse, history knows as the Vikings.

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Sharing the History of The Viking Age, one podcast at a time.We are covering the History of Scandinavia during the Viking Age. We're exploring Raiding, Trading and Settlement of Scandinavians abroad as well as the culture and society of the Norse homelands.Join us to learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about the people, for better or worse, history knows as the Vikings.

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By rzhtmi - Nov 07 2019
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A thorough review of the Viking Age, thanks Lee

Most excellent!

By ArchyAce73 - Aug 11 2019
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Very well written with an engaging delivery style. Well worth the listen.

iTunes Ratings

567 Ratings
Average Ratings
506
39
15
4
3

Hi

By rzhtmi - Nov 07 2019
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A thorough review of the Viking Age, thanks Lee

Most excellent!

By ArchyAce73 - Aug 11 2019
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Very well written with an engaging delivery style. Well worth the listen.

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Viking Age Podcast

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Sharing the History of The Viking Age, one podcast at a time.We are covering the History of Scandinavia during the Viking Age. We're exploring Raiding, Trading and Settlement of Scandinavians abroad as well as the culture and society of the Norse homelands.Join us to learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about the people, for better or worse, history knows as the Vikings.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: 1 - Welcome To The Viking Age

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Thrilled to announce the first episode of the Viking Age Podcast! In this episode we do an extremely high-level survey of the themes of the Viking Age, including Raids, Settlement, Trading and Life in Scandinavia. We then trace where the podcast is going, and what the aim is. I hope you enjoy.

Apr 12 2016

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Rank #2: 2 - Of Reindeer And (Fisher) Men

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This is the first episode in a series about the history of Scandinavia before the Viking Age. We are starting
today with the arrival of the first Reindeer Hunters in Southern Scandinavia around 13,000 BCE and culminating in a few weeks with the Germanic Iron Age ending around 700CE.

This week we will explore the story of the first Scandinavians, and take a look at what their lives were like in the post-glacial landscape of the north. We'll follow them as they colonize the entire Western Coast of Scandinavia and successfully exploit the lands and seas they inhabited as sources of plentiful, varied food stuffs. Life as a Hunter Gatherer in Stone Age Scandinavia was pretty good, and this week will explore why.

In the process we will look at their settlement patterns, burial practices and heavy reliance upon the sea for both transport and sustinance. These themes will remain of the utmost importance to us well through the Viking Age, and we get to explore them at even this early date.

Apr 18 2016

22mins

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Rank #3: Mother of Kings I - The Threshold

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In this episode, we set off on a new mini-series exploring the life and legend of Gunnhild konungamóðir - Mother of Kings - and other powerful women in Old Norse Literature.

This first installment doesn't touch too much on Gunnhild herself, but instead sets up some background information. Specifically, today we focus on the way gender is described and depicted in Sagas and Law codes, exploring some fascinating prose and poetry along the way.

I hope you enjoy. 

For more information and a full list of sources used in this episode, check out our website: https://vikingagepodcast.com/the-threshold

Jan 15 2019

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Rank #4: COA01 - The Discovery of Iceland

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In this episode we will be exploring the initial discovery of Iceland by Norse Sailors in the mid-800s.    First - we set the stage by discussing the literary and historical legacy of Iceland and discussing why it is so important to understand the culture of the island before using the amazing works which were written there in the 1200s.    We then follow the stories told in the Landnámabók and the Íslendingabók about the discovery and initial settlement of Iceland - including storms, sworn brothers and path-finding ravens.     Finally - we conclude with a discussion of high-seat pillars and the close ties which the initial Icelandic settlers maintained with the societies and cultures from which they had emigrated.

Sep 06 2017

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Rank #5: Viking Stories 01 - The Story of Harald Finehair I

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Welcome to the first episode of our Viking Stories series. Today we will be explore the early life of Harald Finehair the first King of Norway. 

You can download a free PDF with additional information about the events discussed in this episodes here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz9Rd-bR8nwOSkZxeUpycG9fMlU

For more information about this episode and others, visit us at: http://vikingagepodcast.com

Jun 07 2017

49mins

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Rank #6: 23 - Carolingian Viking Age I - The Rise of the Franks

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In this episode we introduce the Carolingian Viking Age and then plot the rise of the Frankish Kingdoms to set the stage for rise of the Carolingian Empire.

Along the way we will witness the Rise of Clovis, discuss the process of Ethnogenesis and take a look at the career of the infamous Merovingian Queen, Brunhild of Austrasia. 

For more information on the Fall of the Western Roman Empire: https://www.amazon.com/Inheritance-Rome-Illuminating-400-1000-Penguin/dp/0143117424/ref=sr_1_1

Dec 15 2016

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Rank #7: 3 - From Foragers to Farmers

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In this episode we explore the transition from Hunting and
Gathering to Agriculture in Scandinavia. Along the way we encounter
conflicting hypotheses, meager evidence and a story about Status
and Reputation.

The Agricultural revolution has been called the most important
invention in Human history, so it feels only fair that we spend an
episode exploring the potential causes in Scandinavia.

Apr 26 2016

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Rank #8: COA02 - Taking Land in Iceland

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In this week’s episode we explore the initial settlement of Iceland. We’ll talk about who settled the island, when they settled down and begin our discussion of the society they created.

To kick us off we are going to explore this topic by example by exploring the settlement led by Unn the Deepminded - one of the most remarkable figures from the Viking Age.

More details, works cited and recommended reading can be found on our website: http://vikingagepodcast.com/taking-land-in-iceland/

Sep 20 2017

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Rank #9: 31 - The Viking Soul

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In this episode we get deep into the weeds and examine some intriguing clues as to what Pagan Scandinavians may have though about the soul. 

We talk about decorated helmets, battles with bears and women who are taller than the mountains. Along the way we will hopefully get a little closer to understanding the nature of the Viking worldview.

This episode is a little different, but I hope you enjoy! 

Apr 04 2017

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Rank #10: COA16 - Snorri Sturluson, Big Farmers & the End of the Icelandic Free State

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In this episode we conclude our series on Iceland by discussing the rapid changes which shook the Icelandic political system in the 1200s. 

We discuss the likely causes of these changes, explore the life and times of our good friend Snorri Sturluson and examine the impact that this time period may have had for our own understanding of Icelandic history. 

For more information and a full list of sources, checkout our website at: http://vikingagepodcast.com/snorri-sturluson

Jun 05 2018

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Rank #11: 28 - Viking Worlds I - Myth and Midgard

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In this episode we explore the importance of Myth within Viking Age Scandinavia. Specifically we talk about Pagan world views and how the stories we classify as Norse Mythology give us an insight into those views. We'll discuss our sources for these myths and then dive headfirst into the Norse creation myth. 

Feb 23 2017

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Rank #12: COA07 - Chieftains and Temples

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In this episode we begin to explore Pagan practice in Iceland, focusing on the religious roles of the goðar. In this first episode we will be discussing:

- The role played by the goðar in the conversion of Iceland. - A rune stone attesting to an early Danish goðar. - A remarkable cult building at Uppkåra in South Western Sweden. - The close ties between political and religious power in Viking Age Scandinavia.

Recommended reading for this episode is Pre-Christian cult at aristocratic residences and settlement complexes in Southern Scandinavia in the 3rd – 10th centuries AD by Lars Jørgensen. It provides an excellent overview of major Scandinavian Central Places and possible cult activities which took place at them. There are also some fantastic illustrations. 

For more information and a full accounting of sources check out the website: http://vikingagepodcast.com/chieftains-and-temples

Jan 02 2018

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Rank #13: COA09 - Ritual and Sacrifice in Pagan Iceland

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In this episode we explore what our sources have to tell us about sacrifice and ritual in Pagan Iceland. Along the way we discuss the method and purpose of sacrifice and the how this may have impacted Icelandic society. 

Our recommended reading for this week is A Piece of Horse Liver by Jón Hnefill Aðalsteinsson. A collection of essays concerning Myth, Ritual and Folklore this book includes some excellent and very readable breakdowns of the most important information we have about Pagan practice in Iceland. Highly recommended. 

For more information and a full list of sources, check out our website: http://vikingagepodcast.com/ritual-and-sacrifice-pagan-iceland

Jan 30 2018

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Rank #14: Eastern Way II - Gods and Kings

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In this episode we explore the mythical history of the Svear, as it is related to us by the ever-entertaining Snorri Sturluson. Along the way we discuss Divine Kings, Deadly Vats of Meads and even a Half-Giant-Magical-Oxen-Son plough-team. Believe it or not, these fantastical, fictional tales lead us to some rather more concrete evidence about life and politics in the land of the Svear in the years leading up to the Viking Age.

For more information, maps and a full list of sources used for this episode, visit our website: https://vikingagepodcast.com/gods-and-kings/

Sep 11 2018

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Rank #15: COA10 - Law and Belief in Pagan Iceland

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In this episode we conclude our discussion on Pagan practice in Iceland by exploring the close connections between the law and pagan beliefs. Along the way we talk about oath rings, the assemblies of the gods and a rather nasty conflict revolving around excrement.

Our recommended reading for this week is Viking Law and Order by Alexandra Sanmark. In this readable and beautifully illustrated book, Professor Sanmark reviews the latest archeological evidence for þing-sites throughout Scandinavia. This book highlights the similarities and differences of these sites and provides an excellent guide to these important locations. You should pick it up.

For more information and a full list of sources see our website: http://vikingagepodcast.com/law-and-belief-in-pagan-iceland

Feb 13 2018

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Rank #16: The Eastern Way I

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In this episode we begin our exploration of the Baltic Sea region by examining two very different sources of evidence which point to early Viking activities in the Eastern Baltic. First we discuss a dramatic tale which has come down to us from the pen of everyone's favorite Icelandic author, Snorri Sturluson. This story centers around a certain Yngvarr, King of the Svear, and traces his dramatic demise at the hands of the Eistr.

We then step out of the world of literature and into the dirt to explore a remarkable archeological find which was recently uncovered on the Estonian island of Saaremaa. We talk monumental graves, ancient ships, informative skeletons and even discuss how we really are what we eat.

If you enjoyed this episode, you'll probably enjoy these other  wonderful Viking Podcasts: 

Saga Thing

The History of Vikings

Northern Myths

Fjorn's Hall

For more information on this episode and a full list of sources check out our website: http://vikingagepodcast.com/the-eastern-way

Aug 28 2018

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Rank #17: 4 - Ard Times (Come Again No More)

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In this episode we will becovering the period from about 3500 - 2800 BCE, when Agriculturereally took hold in Scandinavia. We will explore what settlementpatterns emerged, how agriculture was practiced and how thenewly-minted Scandinavian farmers formed a relationship with theland they cultivated.

In the process we will learn about the impact of Polished FlintAxes and the Ard, take a tour of a Stone Age Farmhouse and becomeacquainted with the construction of Megalithic tombs which arestill visible today, almost 6000 years later.

The farming life was hard duringthis period, and the goal of this episode is to both bring thatstark reality to life. While doing so we will also explore some ofthe ways in which early Farmers adapted to this life, and the waysin which created relationships with their own past as well as theland they worked.

May 03 2016

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Rank #18: COA08 - Bringing Thor to Iceland

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In this episode we continue our exploration of Pagan Practice in Iceland by taking a look at religious roles and responsibilities held by some of the first Icelandic settlers and how these roles translated to their new home.

Our recommended reading for this episode is the excellent The Viking Diaspora by Judith Jesch. This has been one of my major sources for the entire Children of Ash series and now seems like a good time to introduce it. An essential resource for information about the Icelandic Free State and the ongoing connections between the Norse colonies throughout the North Atlantic.

For more information and a full list of sources check out our website: http://vikingagepodcast.com/bringing-thor-to-iceland

Jan 16 2018

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Rank #19: COA14b - Creating the Icelanders

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In this episode - the second of two parts - we explore the continued Christianization of Iceland in the 1100s with a particular focus on the development of literate culture and the implications of this new culture on Icelandic Society. Today, we explore how the written laws, language and history of this period worked to create the idea of the Icelanders as a distinct and unique people.    For more information and a full list of sources used in this episode check out our website: http://vikingagepodcast.com/creating-the-icelanders

May 01 2018

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Rank #20: VS02 - The Story of Harald Finehair II

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In this episode we trace King Harald Finehair's rise to power as he conquers his way up the Eastern Edge of Norway and then back down the West Coast. Along that way the young, shaggy king will kill, negotiate and bully his way into the history books. Plus - this being the Viking Age Podcast - we also discuss some myths around the berserkir and Harald's administrative innovations! 

For those who want to learn more about the Berserkar - check out this excellent MA Thesis by Roderick Dale: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/28819/

Jun 21 2017

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