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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 her wonderful photography that has captured the "Scandinavian landscabe" as it is and should forever be.
You can view one of her snap-shots here...:
Or visit our "Scandinavian Landscapes" gallery folder by clicking here , to view more outstanding photography created by her and also other fantastic images that remind us of what was and what is 'Scandinavian Landscapes'.
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.
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We're very grateful for those who have become members!
Geri and Freki
In Old Norse,these names both mean "the ravenous" or "greedy one". They are two wolves which are said to accompany Odin.
The pair can be compared to similar figures found in Greek, Roman and Vedic mythology, and may also be connected to beliefs surrounding the Germanic "wolf-warrior bands", the Úlfhéðnar also commonly known as Berserkers .
Geri and Freki, along with Odin and his ravens Huginn and Muninn, reflect a symbiosis observed in the natural world among ravens, wolves, and humans on the hunt.
In a biological symbiosis one organism typically shores up some weakness or deficiency of the other. As in such a symbiosis, Odin the father of all humans and gods, though in human form was imperfect by himself. As a separate entity he lacked depth perception (being one-eyed) and he was apparently also uninformed and forgetful. But his weaknesses were compensated by his ravens, Hugin (mind) and Munin (memory) who were part of him.
He also had two wolves at his side, and the man/god-raven-wolf association was like one single organism in which the ravens were the eyes, mind, and memory, and the wolves the providers of meat and nourishment. Odin gives all of the food on his table to his wolves Geri and Freki and Odin requires no food, for wine is to him both meat and drink.
As a god, Odin was the ethereal part, he only drank wine and spoke only in poetry.
I wondered if this could be a metaphor that playfully and poetically encapsulates ancient knowledge of our prehistoric past as hunters in association with two allies to produce a powerful hunting alliance.
It would reflect a past that we have long forgotten and whose meaning has been obscured and badly frayed as we abandoned our hunting cultures to become herders and agriculturists, to whom ravens and wolves now act as competitors.
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'Secrets of the Viking Sword'
A modern-day sword-smith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages; a sword both prized and feared.
Is a science fiction novel written by H. Beam Piper and is set in his Terro-Human future history. It tells the story of one man's search for his wife's murderer and its unexpected consequences. The story was originally serialized in Analog magazine (November 1962 – February 1963), then published by Ace Books in 1963.
I read this book some time ago and thoroughly enjoyed it and so may you...
Ten thousand refugees from the losing side of The Big War (The System States War of The Cosmic Computer) fled far beyond the boundaries of the Terran Federation and colonized the planet Excalibur. By the beginning of Space Viking, they had expanded to a handful of Sword Worlds (so-called because they are named after legendary swords) and had grown to a total population of three and a half billion, organized in a feudal system of kingdoms, duchies, and other small states, ruled by frequently warring noblemen. Despite their isolation and the political instability, the inhabitants managed to retain a high level of technology, including space flight.
One day, a starship rediscovered the Old Federation. Civilization had collapsed, presumably due to the war; many of the planets had regressed to varying stages of semi-barbarism. Taking advantage of the situation, "Space Vikings" (reminiscent of Norse vikings) proceeded to raid the poorly defended Federation worlds over the next three hundred years for loot.
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