Vikings fan?

Fan of Vikings, the show?

Well then, this may be the right place for you.

Today I plan to introduce you to plenty of reading which may have eluded you, which directly relates to Vikings, Norse and Icelandic Sagas!

Of course, they had to pull their information from some literary source, as do most films and television.

I can also point you to a few films which might catch your attention, in case you don’t prefer reading, so I’ll get that out of the way first.

Outlaw: The Saga of Gisli, which you can also read first if you would like, and might actually be recommended as otherwise it can be a bit confusing.

http://sagadb.org/, from when the last link I just shared came from, is an excellent source for reading sagas at, and it’s free.

However, if you are able, they are open to donations, and that’s how the fine folks can continue upkeep of their site, and bringing us the spoils of the plunder, so please feel free.

Are you a fan of The Hobbit, or Lord of The Rings?

Well, J.R.R. Tolkien was incredibly well read in the tales of our ancestors, he translated books and gave lectures.

You can bet that Smaug the dragon was indeed highly inspired by my favourite saga, and considered by many the quintessential Germanic saga, that’s right I’m talking about Volsunga Saga!

If you’re like me and prefer a physical copy, you can also obtain one.

This is also the saga which inspired the name of my website and book, Grasp Fire, but again, I won’t give away anything for folks who haven’t read it yet, because I do come across that often.

Need more reasons?

Draugr, maybe you’re a fan of Skyrim, and have heard the name?

Well yes, if you read my last blog, they too came from the sagas!

Witchcraft, heroes, kings, queens, Gods, Goddesses, runes, mead, dragons!

Mead is a favourite drink of All-father Odhinn, and mine!

It’s good hot, or room temperature.

Most that I have spoken to prefer it room temperature, as for me, well usually I only have a shot before meditation, or drink it from my drinking horn.

Truth be told though, if I’m lucky enough, I prefer a glass warm with spices, as I have a room temperature glass at the same time!

It’s not very high alcohol content, two glasses won’t give me a buzz, but it’s still a nice feeling, and great tasting stuff.

Although I don’t drink for a buzz myself, everyone’s tolerance to alcohol is different, so do be careful before attempting two glasses yourself.

That being said, let me explain the word Óðr courtesy of Norse Mythology for Smart People:  (Óðr is generally translated as something along the lines of “divine inspiration” or “inspired mental activity.”)

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* Odin in eagle form obtaining the mead of poetry from Gunnlod, with Suttung in the background (detail of the Stora Hammars III runestone)

I can see why mead seems to be representative of inspiration, and that’s precisely the reason I prefer a shot before meditation, or performing a blot, certainly a customary drink of our ancestors! 

This link will inform you of what I speak, the divine mead of poetry which Odhinn does seek!

I hear it’s not very difficult to brew yourself, and there’s plenty of resources, as well as materials online.

Sadly, you might have to look around for mead, as not everyone carries it, but if they do, it will be in the wine section, unless you get lucky enough to have a meadery nearby, which is quite possible!

Well worth seeking out, drink what Odhinn drinks, as well as our ancestors, and on Vikings!

If you can’t find mead, you can always order it online, just like most things these days.

Some folks are lucky enough to have a meadery, where you can find many local meads of various flavours.

As for me, I very much look forward to trying me some huckleberry mead!

My favourite so far is just good ol’ honey, but I’ve had conversations, and seen pictures of all types of mead, made from various fruits.

I would love to get some engaging conversations going in the comments section, whether it be about making mead yourself, the sagas, Vikings, Heathenism, or whatever might be on your mind.

I do ask that we have some sort of order, although I think I’m much more lenient than a lot of folks nowadays, which could get me into trouble 😉

Thanks for reading, and, as always, Grasp Fire!

* Photo courtesy of Norse Mythology for Smart People!

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