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Members, Watchers, and Other Generally Mischievous Deviants!
This box is for giving accolades to our members that have given us so much to help make this group what it is today and what it will be in the future.
For his excellent artisan craftsmanship, leatherwork and accessories.
You can view one here...:
Or visit our "Viking Fashion and Design " gallery folder by clicking here , to view more great artisan crafts created by him and other fantastic images that remind us of what was and what is 'Viking' craftsmanship.
We hope you enjoy...
We were thinking that if anyone (" members only") would like us to place some kind of link or special mention of something their involved in , or something you would like to see placed here in our "Member Appreciation & Special Mentions" widget, that fits our theme. We would be happy to oblige.
What we would need are any "links" of course and a short description of what you would like to go into the widget.
Any members can ask the group directly, (with a massage) or send one of us (admin) a massage or note. And or send the group a note as to what it is that you would like us to display for you within our "Member Appreciation & Special Mentions" widget.
However... whatever it is that you would like to see displayed, it must fit our theme, without exceptions.
There is no time limit yet as to how long any one "Member's Promo" will remain displayed within the widget. It's all contingent/based on the amount/number of requests we receive.
So get "cracking"...
If you'd like to see one of your "promo's" displayed.
Send us your best and we'll do what we can to display each and every request.Once again, it must fit our theme with no exceptions.
Think of this as a sort of "Member's Promotional""
We're very grateful for those who have become members!
Fever Ray 'If I Had A Heart'...
Every Heathen worth his hammer knows Huginn (Old Norse ”thought”) and Muninn (Old Norse “mind”) and Odin’s Day seems a good day as any to bring them up. They are ravens, a bird that still inspires an air of mystery in the modern world. These particular ravens daily fly all over the world and return to Odin with up-to-date information, keeping him informed as to the facts on the ground.
Grímnismál stanza 20:
Hugin and Munin fly each day
Over the earth.
I am worried about Hugin, that he not come back
And yet more worried about Munin
Odin’s choice was as wise as you would expect: It turns out that ravens are indeed very intelligent birds, far above the average for animals – up there with dolphins and great apes according to Markus Boeckle and Thomas Bugnyar from the University of Vienna.
"All birds can speak of course (if not intelligibly to humans) but as Boeckle’s and Bugnyar’s study shows, ravens change their call characteristics depending on whether they hear former friends or foes. The study only covered up to three years, but bird memory may extend beyond that time."
As Discovery.com reports:
So what does an angry bird sound like? When listening to a foe, a raven responds with a call that’s lower than normal in tone and starts to include rougher characteristics. The switch from the bird version of "Hey! How are you? to Buzz off!" is similar to how we communicate such differences in our speech.
"Strangers get an even rougher response from ravens. This is the equivalent of a person yelling, “Who are you?,” if a stranger bangs on the door. There’s an interesting scientific phenomenon behind having a louder, lower and rougher-sounding response.
All of those qualities make the individual sound bigger in size. You may not consciously be doing that when you yell, but the effect is the same. Ravens similarly try to sound tough and large around strangers."
Is it any wonder that Odin employs ravens as his intelligence gatherers rather than some lesser bird? Modern Heathens (and historians) can debate the meaning of these two birds – as Simek says “Attempts have been made to interpret Odin’s ravens as personifications of the god’s intellectual powers”, an interpretation that is problematic since the names themselves are “unlikely to have been invented much before the 9th or 10th centuries” though evidence shows they were associated with Odin for centuries by this time.
Read more about the Raven at Discovery.com: [link]
History Channel Enters Into Scripted Television With...
History channel general manager Nancy Dubic had this to say in regards to the upcoming series:
“This is an amazing crossroads for History embarking on our first scripted series. People think they know about the Vikings – we see references to them all the time in our popular culture from TV commercials to football teams – but the reality is so much more fascinating and complex, more vivid, visceral and powerful than popular legend.”
Visit the History Channel and view the trailer...
Check out these other interesting links,
'Secrets of the Viking Sword'
A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages— a sword both prized and feared.
We like to think of the Vikings as pagan plunderers. But, as Gareth Williams explains, they were quick to adopt Christianity at home and in the lands they conquered.
By Gareth Williams at BBC History.com
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