It’s Loki Day!

The majority of people are now familiar with the name Loki, thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite sharing some similarities, Marvel’s Loki is not the Loki from Norse mythology, who is arguably much more entertaining than the one who fights the Avengers. Today aims to spread knowledge, inform, enjoy and celebrate the polarising figureContinue reading “It’s Loki Day!”

The Everspring – Review

The Everspring is an incredibly enjoyable comfort read with magical storytelling and adventurous imagination that is perfect for cosying up with, especially when it’s chilly outside. Author: Joshua Gillingham Pages: 320 Publishing Info: 2nd November 2022, Crowsnest Books You know when you really fancy a particular dish and it’s just as good as you’d hoped?Continue reading “The Everspring – Review”

In Search of the Truth: Viking Berserkers – A Historical Novelist’s Guide

By Angus Donald What is a Berserker? I was a little taken aback, when I began work on The Last Berserker, the first volume in my Fire Born series of Viking novels, to find that a large section of the people I told about my new project to had no idea what a berserker was.Continue reading “In Search of the Truth: Viking Berserkers – A Historical Novelist’s Guide”

Getting Down in the Gutter with the Gods

By Rowdy Geirsson Top image: Odin as an eagle simultaneously regurgitates and excretes mead. Illustration from the 18th century Icelandic manuscript SÁM 66. It should come as no big surprise to most folks participating in or observing Norsevember that the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda together form our top sources of knowledge about the oldContinue reading “Getting Down in the Gutter with the Gods”

Why we love Norse lore, history and culture

I felt it was worth putting together a post explaining why we do this; what draws us to everything Norse. For some, it’s a curiosity; for others it encompasses their religion and beliefs. As the organiser of the event, I want to speak to you about why this is important to me, followed by theContinue reading “Why we love Norse lore, history and culture”

Are you speaking like a Viking?

How did the Vikings leave a lasting impact on the English language? In the 4th and 5th century, there were mass migrations of the Germanic tribes that would eventually become the Anglo-Saxons in England and the Viking Danes and Norsemen of Scandinavia. Some of the Germanic tribes had already spread into southern Scandinavia by aroundContinue reading “Are you speaking like a Viking?”

Cloak and Dapper

Ordinary Objects in the Sagas By Steven T. Dunn (Fjorn the Skald) Legendary swords, enchanted jewelry, golden arm-rings…these are the (very shiny) objects that we all drool over—and the Norse weren’t any different. When a ‘mysterious’ old man barges into your party and plunges a sword into a tree—that’s pretty epic. When a dwarf forgesContinue reading “Cloak and Dapper”

Norsevember Week 1 Roundup

Week 1: Setting Sail is already over. Didn’t that go fast? Anyway, here’s a post for anyone who missed anything or wanted a recap of all the goings on. Last year, the author Thilde Kold Holdt kicked off Norsevember with our interview and a review from me (plus many others) for her debut novel, NorthernContinue reading “Norsevember Week 1 Roundup”

An Interview with Tim Hardie

Hi everyone! Today I’m delighted to present to you an interview with fantasy and Norse inspired author Tim Hardie, whose debut Hall of Bones is in the SPFBO final this year! About Tim I grew up in the seaside town of Southport in the north west of England during the 1970s and 1980s. This wasContinue reading “An Interview with Tim Hardie”

An Interview with Giles Kristian

Hi Norsevember folks. Today I’m excited to share with you my interview with historical fiction author Giles Kristian! Giles Kristian is an English novelist, known for his action adventure novels in the historical fiction genre. He is best known for his Raven series, about a young man’s coming of age amongst a band of VikingContinue reading “An Interview with Giles Kristian”