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The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse from Iceland that developed from horses taken to Iceland by the original Viking settlers. It is small, often pony-sized, but very hardy.

Pagan Scandinavians ate horse meat as part of their religious…

Photograph of carvings on the north side of Urnes Stave Church. These carvings date from c. 1130, and may depict pre-Christian motifs.

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A poster produced by ECRs on the Orkney Viking Heritage Project, demonstrating the language of Viking Age Orkney through the Lord's Prayer.

Pre-Christian Religions of the North is an international project to document the mythology and religious practices of early Scandinavia and Germanic Europe. The Sources Database brings together resources related to the project.

A report by Dr Leszek Gardeła on an ongoing international collaborative project, 'The Pre-Christian Religions of the North Project and its Archaeological Sources Database'. Published in FASCICULI ARCHAEOLOGIAE HISTORICAE XXVIII. Submitted to…

St Magnus Church, founded at the site of the killing of Saint Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney by an axe-blow to the head in ca. 1116 at the orders of his cousin Hákon Pálsson. This episode, referred to in Orkneyinga saga, is possibly corroborated…

Description taken from display in the Undercroft at York Minster: "The York Gospels was probably made by Anglo-Saxon monks at Canterbury around 1020 and brought to York by Archbishop Wulfstan. It is the only book from before the Norman Conquest to…

Interior of the church of St. Olaf in Bø (built around 1180). Original medieval three-panel carved wood altar, with the crowning of Mary featured in the middle panel.

The church in Bø was built around 1180 and was dedicated to St. Olaf. The semi-circle apse in the chancel was added at a later date. The forged iron chandelier is one of the elements in the church that remained from the middle ages.

Exterior of the triple Heddal stave church in Nottoden, Norway (early 13th Century), which is the largest stave church in Norway.

The bishop's chair from Heddal stave church dating from the 13th century.

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This runic inscription can be found in the covered exterior passage, on the fourth wall-board to the right of the south portal. The inscription consists of five runes, two of which, according to Professor Magnus Olsen, may be disregarded as mere…

Stave church, originally from Gol, Hallingdal, Norway, now in the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Oslo.

Tjodhild came to Greenland with her husband Erik the Red, founder of the first settlement in Greenland at Brattahlíð. The small church (or chapel) at Brattahlíð (Þjóðhildarkirkja) was named after her, and is…

An image of the interior of the reconstructed church (or chapel) known as Tjodhilde's Church in Qassiarsuk, Southern Greenland by Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Photo by Ella Grødem - Visit Greenland

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A cast of the Crucifixion Stone found on the Calf of Man in 1773 in he Sound Café & Visitor Centre. The original is held in the Manx Museum, Douglas. The stone has been dated to the Viking Age, most likely the 11th century. The portion of the stone…

Discovered in Öland, Köping in Sweden and dating to the Viking Age. It depicts a female figure in elaborate dress holding a cup or horn, and may represent a Valkyrie. For more images of this item, see…
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