I think this is fantastic, and you will, too.
(Oh, yes. You WILL.)
In preparation for our new large-scale collaboration ‘The Nine Realms’ inspired by the Norse Sagas starting this October, I’ve pulled together this post- a basic overview of the history, myth and culture of The Vikings. I’ve done this to put what we will be doing in the Autumn into a broad context for the Viking participants involved and anyone else who is interested.
FYI. In this collaboration 40 poets, artists, musicians and sculptors will be working together over 9 months responding to the nine realms through contemporary eyes.
An Overview of The Vikings
Between the 8th to mid 11th centuries Vikings transformed Europe. Iceland created the foundation of Russia, Norwegian settlers founded Icelandic cities and in Constantinople Swedes provided military support to the Byzantine emperor. As the Vikings traveled they spread their culture, stories, beliefs and myths along with them.
The Vikings were seafaring people, and the actual word…
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