December 7th – Gullgubber

Sometimes we find objects which are beautiful, but we just don't know what they were used for. Gullgubber is something that has been making the experts scratch their heads in wonder for years. What is the meaning behind these small, flat pieces of gold? Why were they put in the grown? Were they put there …

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December 6th: “Ormr á sekk” – name tags from the Medieval period

If you have kids, you probably know the importance of putting tag marks with the name of your kid onto their clothes, on their toys, food boxes, backpacks and basically everything they own. You probably have tag marks on some of your stuff too. Perhaps you have written your name and phone number in your …

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December 5th – The metal detector and the gold ring from Rimol

Earlier, when I heard the word 'metal detector' in connection with historical finds, I always got a chill down my back. Why? Well, I don't really know, but maybe because of all the plundering of graves that has been going on in general. Grave looting and grave robbing has been a huge problem and it …

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December 4th – Barbromesse and spinning yarn before Christmas

Today is 4th of December and according to the Norwegian primstav that means Barbromesse. A primstav is an old type of calendar used in Norway and Denmark during the Medieval period and until the 19th century. These calendars were usually made of wood and had a flat, rectangular shape – like a plank or a …

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December 3rd – The birch bark box from Austrått

During extraction of peat close to the farm Austrått at Ørland, Norway in 1927, they came upon a round box or container made of birch bark. The birch bark box was found at the bottom of a peat bog, where it was placed upside down with a heavy stone on top of it. The stone …

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December 2nd – Runic inscription N10607 from Trondheim

A large number of runic inscriptions from the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries has been discovered in Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim. These are referred to as the 'city runes'. These inscriptions were not made by professional writers, but rather by ordinary people who had learned the art of writing and reading. During the beginning of …

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December 1st – The Digre name and farm

For those of you who know me by now, you probably know that my last name is Digre, after my mother. When I was little, I didn't really care for this name a lot as it means huge in Norwegian. As I grew older and got interested in history, I started wondering where the name …

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The ruins of Sunne church and defense tower, Orreviken, Sweden

As we drove home from the mid winter blot and the viking winter games this year, we drove past a ruin that I have been wanting to stop by and have a closer look at for many years. This time we were finally able to. I always believed that this ruin used to be a …

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Vendeltidsdagarna at Uppåkra, 2018

So, this is a bit of a throwback, but as I am going through a lot of my pictures these days, I realized I never posted pictures from Vendeltidsdagarna at Uppåkra, not from either of the years I've been there.I hope my series of post from previous markets and events can help you find some …

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What to think about when making historical clothing

Lately I have received a lot of questions regarding how to make different historical clothes, if I can make viking clothes for people and if I can show people how to make clothes. Earlier I actually made clothes for people, but as it is a lot of work, I stopped doing this last year. Instead …

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Trip to Uppsala together with Österhus vänner, May 2017

Hi!Trondheim vikinglag was invited to an educational trip to Uppsala in Sweden together with our friends from Österhus vänner. It was a wonderful weekend filled with lots of trips to museums, lots of burial mounds, a huge amounts of rune stones, great talks, lots of laughter together with friends, sauna, alcohol and a bagpipe playing …

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Hvorfor vikingtidsreenactment?

Det er mange som spør meg hvorfor jeg holder på med reenactment, og hvorfor jeg interesserer meg for akkurat vikingtid. Jeg tenkte at jeg derfor skulle prøve å skrive litt om det.Men først, hva er det egentlig vi holder på med?Reenactment, eller historisk gjenskapelse, er betegnelsen på å gjenskape historiske epoker eller hendelser, veldig ofte …

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Trondheim vikinglag + P3Dokumentar = sant!

Det har skjedd mye spennende side forrige innlegg (som det har blitt altfor lenge siden, igjen). I løpet av vinteren og våren har  vår høvding, Ingrid Galadriel, og Trondheim vikinglag blitt fulgt av journalist Kristin Evensen Giæver. Hun ble med oss til midvintersblotet på Norderön for å dokumentere hva det er vi holder på med. Alle …

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Linpose med broderi

Det har gått en stund siden forrige post, men det betyr ikke at det ikke har skjedd noe på denne fronten. Linpose med broderiI sommer laget jeg en linpose som jeg broderte med et lite og enkelt broderi. Jeg valgte å brodere inn en teksten "Tonje gerði mik, Årolilja á mik" eller "Tonje lagde meg, …

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Broderi basert på runestein fra Ramsund

På vikingmarkedet vårt i sommer hadde vi broderingskurs med Rickard Åkesson. Det var veldig morsomt å lære litt om de forskjellige stingene, og litt om forskjellige funn med brodering som er gjort. Dette er prøvestingene jeg gjorde på kurset under markedet. På frihånd tegnet jeg et dyr som er å finne på Kong Haralds stein …

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