Cultures the world over have midwinter celebrations. It’s a great way to keep the spirits up during the darkest, coldest time of the year. The Norse did not exclude themselves from this tradition; in fact, they had a number of different holidays that helped to keep the especially cold and dark north jolly and warm.
Since the holiday season is now officially upon us, we decided to take a look into the legend of Krampus, Santa’s best little helper. What? Didn’t know that the goat demon so popular with horror fiction and media today is BFFs with the red-nosed, red-labeled soda-swilling fat man who brought you your first electric guitar?
Ever wake up from a bender feeling wiser than the day before? Does that wisdom often come with pain? Chances are, like Odin before you, you may have had an encounter with the great ash tree Yggrasil. Yggdrasil is a symbol rooted deeply in the minds of humanity. Nearly every culture has some sort of
You may have seen this symbol around before and yet you probably don’t know what it means. It’s kind of similar in form to the Norse Triskelion, which we covered a couple weeks ago, and some people get them confused. But fear not-- even historians have trouble with the valknut. Valknut Valk means,
Continuing on in our symbolism dictionary is this symbol: Mjolnir (Thor's Hammer) If you are a Norse Pagan or Asatru, you know exactly what this is. And if you’re a Marvel Comics fan, you probably know too. In fact, this is most likely the most recognizable symbol in Norse mythology because of its
The Norse Tirskelion (also called horn Triskelion) You may find yourself perusing our symbols and runes page and wondering just what the crap these squiggles and lines mean. Well, fear not! We’ve decided to expand a little on some of our designs so you know just what you are getting. This is our
Every mythology has its own spooky creatures. But just as the Norse like to knock everything up to the most radical, blood-filled, raging, headbanging, degree, so do their monsters in folklore. Read on, if you dare, and learn about what went bump in the night for even the mightiest of warriors. A Draugr
If our previous article on the origins of Halloween got you jonesing for the weirdness of death, perhaps you were wondering what the old Norse did to celebrate their dead and keep spirits at bay. Well, fear not! The Norse had their own beliefs about the season where the harvest comes to fruition and the
Unlike the other common holidays we celebrate these days, who owe their popularity to Hallmark and consumerism, Halloween is ancient. It's a celebration of the spookier, unknowable side of life: death. Not only is death unknowable, but attempting to understand it is something that's uniquely human. You could say that Halloween is the only true,
When last we left our not-so heroes in Mead of Poetry, Odin the Allfather has disguised himself and indebted Suttung’s brother, Baugi, to him in order to get a chance at Suttung’s mead, made from the blood of the first poet Kvasir by a pair of murderous dwarves. [Check out the first part of the