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Norse Gods and Goddesses: Týr

2018-08-14T19:50:04+00:00 August 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Often times in polytheistic, ancient cultures, the male head of the pantheon is also the one who creates law and doles out justice. In the Norse pantheon, that would of course be Odin. Except it isn't. Meet Týr. Týr is alternately the son of Odin or the son of Hymir, depending on which Edda you're

How Far Did the Vikings Conquer?

2018-08-07T17:20:38+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Americas, the Middle East, even Africa? In the amateur archeology community, there's a lot of talk about how far the Vikings conquered. But what's the truth? First, let's start with where they started from. We usually associate Vikings with Scandinavia or Iceland, but the entire web that is their journeys and even their beginnings

How I Made My Mead Cave

2018-07-31T18:10:08+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

In our apartment, we have a room that goes by many names: the den, the Sam Cave, the bonus room, etc&etc. It has long transcended it's original purpose, though, and been given a new name: The Mead Cave! As a homebrewer who lives in an apartment, things can often be a little cramped, so you

Lughnasadh: The August 1st Summer Celebration

2018-07-26T15:04:50+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Growing up, I always felt like I lost out because my birth month, August, is basically the only month without a holiday. And to top it off, for many Americans, it signals the end of summer and the return to school. Perhaps that's why the Celtic holidays speak to me so-- August has its very


2018-07-26T11:37:38+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Yes, you've heard it right: HBO is in the market for a new series set in Westeros. According to “We are doing a pilot that Jane Goldman wrote,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirmed for reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday. With HBO exploring five different GoT spinoff concepts,

Vegvísir and Icelandic Staves

2018-07-24T12:56:40+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Got some figurative rough weather ahead? Going to be away from home for a while? You may need a little divine help finding your way home. That's where the Vegvísir comes in. The Vegvísir is an Icelandic stave, a part of a group of sigils and symbols from Iceland that are used for various magical

Norse Gods and Goddesses: Frigg

2018-07-17T20:23:00+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Frigg is the Queen of the Aesir, and the driving force behind the modern-day Norse mythological TV show, The Almighty Johnsons. But who is she, and why is her name so funny to say? Read on to find out. Wife of Odin, Mother of Baldr We mostly hear of Frigg in conjunction with Odin, her

3 Tabletop RPGs with Norse Themes

2018-07-12T19:46:06+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Truth be told, you can make a Norse-themed RPG with just about any rule-set, so long as you're willing to lose the lore the game comes with. Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, and Shadowrun even have their own Norse themes inherent to the game, as most modern fantasy outfits do. But these games and modules draw

Why Did Both the Celts and the Norse Use Knots?

2018-07-05T20:46:56+00:00 July 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Both the Celtic and Nordic cultures used knotwork: in their pottery, in their paintings, and even in their tattoos. But as these two cultures were often at odds historically, how did they come to share this beautiful form of art? And most importantly, which should you choose to emblazon your AleHorn? To begin, let's compare

Why is My Mead So Cloudy?

2018-06-30T10:14:16+00:00 July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Hail and well-met, brewers! When I spoke to Chad Wiltz from Garagiste Meadery in Tampa, Florida, he mentioned that one of the biggest priorities for making the transition between homebrewing and professional brewing is ensuring that those making the transition know how to filtrate correctly. Many people haven't heard of mead, was his implication, and

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