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About ruarigh

Historical consultant, archaeologist and peripatetic berserkerologist. My PhD was a cognitive analysis and textual archaeology of the Old Norse berserkr in popular culture from the early medieval period to the present day.

It’s Reigning Men: The use and abuse of Viking masculinity

This is an edited version of the paper I gave at the Midlands Viking Symposium on 27th April 2019. The Midlands Viking Symposium is a regional public engagement event that was started by Dr Christina Lee in 2005 to showcase … Continue reading

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Viking: The Darkest Day (Movie)

I’m a bit behind on Viking movies, and especially on writing up those I have watched, but I finally got around to watching Viking: The Darkest Day. It’s 793 and the Vikings have found their way to Lindisfarne. The movie … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as the ‘Dark Ages’, but OK

Can we just stop unironically using the term Dark Ages, please? Dr Eleanor Janega lays out why here: via There’s no such thing as the ‘Dark Ages’, but OK

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#Viking is not a verb!

I have expanded this blog post in the light of comments received on Twitter, and to clarify a couple of issues that were not expressed particularly clearly when it began its life as a short rant. I fear I neglect … Continue reading

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Northmen – A #Viking Buddy Movie

Can’t believe how long it is since I first drafted this post. I guess that tells you something about the movie and my enthusiasm for it. Anyway, here it is now, in all its stream-of-consciousness glory. In northern Europe in … Continue reading

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Viking World: Diversity and Change: 2016 Conference

Originally posted on Blueaxe Reproductions:
From the 27th June to the 2nd of July, I was privileged to be invited to attend the Viking World Conference 2016, hosted by the Centre for the Study of the Viking-age, at the University…

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