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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.

Some ruminations inspired by ‘The Myths and Realities of the Viking berserkr’

I received my author copies of my new book just before Christmas. When the postie knocked on the door, I was surprised, because I was not expecting them quite as early as they turned up. It was lovely to actually … Continue reading

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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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Norwegian #Food: How #Vikings invented Norwegian delicacies

Over on Thomo’s Hole he has a handy guide to how Norwegian cuisine was invented. I heartily recommend reading it before you head over to Scandinavia. I fear that much Scandinavian food was invented in the same way. Just follow … Continue reading

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#Vikings: The #Berserkers (2014) – A Review of Sorts #Movies

A random corvid does not Odin’s presence betoken. In the earliest scene where a young man has his heart cut out and held up to the camera, the scene cuts to a close-up of a jackdaw. I guess the producers … Continue reading

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