Viking Age Podcast

By Lee Accomando

About this podcast   English    United States

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.
57 episodes · since Apr, 2016
May 15, 2018
In this episode, we explore poets and poetry in the Norse world, focusing particularly on the role they played in preserving history, myth and legend.  Along the way we see what happens when you eat a fish's head, unlock the meaning of confounding Skaldic verses and hear what Snorri Sturluson had to say about poets and their role in preserving history.  For more information and a full list of sources, see our website: http://vikingagepodcast.com/poetry-and-remembrance/
May 1, 2018 · transcript
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
April 24, 2018
In this episode - the first 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.    If you are jonesing for more Vikings goodness, you should check out the interview I gave on the History of the Vikings Podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/a-conversation-with-lee-accomando/id1363609926?i=1000408186770&mt=2  For more information and a full list of sources used in this episode check out our website: http://vikingagepodcast.com/tithes-are-a-changin
April 3, 2018 · transcript
In this episode we are going to discuss the first hundred years or so of the Christianization process in Iceland. We will discuss Chieftains, Priests, Churches and the aspirations of one particularly ambitious Icelandic family.  More information and a full list of sources can be found on our website: http://vikingagepodcast.com/christianization-of-iceland
March 20, 2018
In this episode we dive headfirst into an event still which profoundly colors and shapes our understanding of the Norse world today. That's right - it's time to discuss the Conversion of the Icelanders which took place at the Althing of 999 or 1000CE. More information and a full list of sources for this episode can be found at: https://vikingagepodcast.com/conversion-of-icelanders
March 6, 2018 · transcript
In this episode we explore the early history of Christianity in Iceland. Along the way we talk about kings, prophets, prominent Christian settlers, and missionary methods employed in the Early Middle Ages. Finally we will introduce Thangbrand - the mildly-homicidal missionary sent to Iceland by the Norwegian King Olaf Tryggvason. This week's recommended reading is Power and Conversion by Alexandra Sanmark. In this excellent book Professor Sanmark provides a detailed, readable and fascinating account of the conversion of Scandinavia. Even more interestingly, she also explores the similarities and differences between the Scandinavian conversions and those of Anglo Saxon England and Saxony. Plus - Professor Sanmark has provided a PDF of this excellent work for free online!  For more information and a full list of sources please visit our website at: https://vikingagepodcast.com/christ-comes-to-iceland  
Feb. 13, 2018 · transcript
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. 5, 2018 · transcript
I've been working away at future episodes for our Iceland series and I'm realizing that I need to start thinking about what we cover next on the podcast.   To help with that choice, I want to get your input. In this not-episode episode I talk through some of the different options and it's up to you to vote for your favorite here: https://strawpoll.com/gba22rcs
Jan. 30, 2018
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. 16, 2018 · transcript
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

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