The Varangian Guard - In this episode I’ll attempt to condense down some good information into a decent lesson on the Varangian guard. Who they were, how they formed, how they functioned and what some of the truths are behind the internet myths.
As usual it will be a primer on the subject to try and explain the Varangian Guard to people who might not have known who they were or what information out there is trustworthy. It'll be followed by an episode about The Vikings in Scotland.
The Podcast is now represented on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram as well as iTunes and can be found using the following links -

Instagram - NorsebyNorthwestPodcast
Facebook - Norse by Northwest Podcast
Twitter - #NorseNorthwest
iTunes - Norse by Northwest

Intro and Outro music as always provided by the amazing Svanevit - www.svanevit.comhttps://soundcloud.com/erik-ask-upmark/sets/svanevit

As always, I welcome any questions or comments. You can email me via Aonghus@norsenorthwest.com or just go to the Website, www.norsenorthwest.com and I accept messages on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Here is a quick example of dyed colours available in the Viking period, using Viking equipment etc.  They were able to achieve very bright, rich colours and loved to wear them.

 

 

And some examples of how fine fabric could be. These are spun threads found at the Must Farm dig in Cambridge and they are from The Bronze Age spun on a hand spindle.
That ruler is 1 centimetre. That's how incredibly fine they were able to make it. This was not the 'rough homespun' which people seem to imagine.

 

An example of how illustrations of a people in a specific artistic style can be problematic. (And how that makes confirming what the Varangian guardsmen wore that much more complicated.)

These are two illustrations of European people done by Japanese artists Circa 1600CE.

 

 

 

And here are a few images of the Varangian guard as depicted in the Byzantine style where they are not hugely distinguishable from other Byzantines unless there is a very large difference in rank. (Such as an emperor.)

 

 

I always recommend further reading, so here are a few links for you to peruse on the subject of The Varangian Guard.

The Varangians of Byzantium

The Viking Road to Byzantium

The Varangian Guard Wikipedia

Names of the Varangian Guard

The Laxdaela Saga

The Viking Answer Lady

Norse influences in the Elite of the Varangian Guard

The Making of Byzantium

History of the Byzantine Empire

Patriarch Photios of Constantinople

 

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The Rus Vikings - In this long episode I’ll give you the most detailed brief I can on the Rus Vikings – who they were, how they came to be and when they stopped being Vikings. As usual it will be a primer on the subject to try and explain about the Rus Vikings to people who may be beginners in this area of study. It'll be followed by an episode about The Varangian Guard and then The Vikings in Scotland.
The Podcast is now represented on Facebook and Twitter as well as iTunes and can be found using the following links -
Facebook - Norse by Northwest Podcast
Twitter - #NorseNorthwest
iTunes - Norse by Northwest 

Intro and Outro music as always provided by the amazing Svanevit - www.svanevit.comhttps://soundcloud.com/erik-ask-upmark/sets/svanevit

As always, I welcome any questions or comments. You can email me via Aonghus@norsenorthwest.com or just go to the Website, www.norsenorthwest.com and I accept messages on Facebook and Twitter as well.

I always reccomend further reading, so here are a few links for you to peruse on the subject of The Rus Vikings. 

Viking Rus Studies

Eastern Vikings and the Rus in Arabic Sources

The Viking Answer Lady on the Rus

The Russian Primary Chronicles 

Vladimir the Russian King

The Rus on Wikipedia 

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The Vendel Period - In this episode I'm going to give as detailed a description I can of the Vendel Period and why it had such a large impact on what became the Viking age.
It will be a primer to give newcomers a fair idea of how some of the seeds of the viking age came to be.
It'll be followed by an episode about The Rus Vikings and then The Varangian Guard.

The Podcast is now represented on Facebook and Twitter as well as iTunes and can be found using the following links - 
Facebook - Norse by Northwest Podcast
Twitter - #NorseNorthwest
iTunes - Norse by Northwest

 Intro and Outro music provided by Svanevit - www.svanevit.com

 As always, I welcome any questions or comments. You can email me via Aonghus@norsenorthwest.com or just go to the Website, www.norsenorthwest.com

 I always reccomend further reading, so here are a few links for you to peruse on the subject of The Vendel Period.

 University of Upsalla - The Vendel Period

 Archaeology- The First Vikings

 The Scandinavians from the Vendel period to the 10th century

 Research papers on the Vendel Period

 And, as promised, a very rough chart to help break up the timeline for you.

 

 

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The Nordic Iron Age - In this episode I'm going to give as detailed a brief as I can on the Nordic countries from the end of the Bronze age up to the beginning of the Vendel Period.
It will be a primer to give newcomers a fair idea of how some of the seeds of the viking age came to be.
It'll be followed by an episode about the Vendel period which will bring us up to the Viking Age itself.
The Podcast is now represented on Facebook and Twitter as well as iTunes and can be found using the following links - 
Facebook - Norse by Northwest Podcast
Twitter - #NorseNorthwest
iTunes - Norse by Northwest 

Intro and Outro music provided by Svanevit - www.svanevit.com

As always, I welcome any questions or comments. You can email me via Aonghus@norsenorthwest.com or just go to the Website, www.norsenorthwest.com

I always reccomend further reading, so here are a few links for you to peruse on the subject of the Nordic Iron Age.

The Hjortspring ship - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hjortspring_boat

More about the Hjortspring Ship, with images - http://www.hjortspring.dk/

The Goddess Netrthus - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerthus#Germania

Men, Gods and Masks in Nordic Art

Articles on Iron Age Scandanavia - http://research.omicsgroup.org/index.php/Iron_Age_Scandinavia

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The Nordic Bronze Age - In this episode I'm going to give a brief explanation of how people came to and settled in the region during prehistory and the socidety of the Bronze age.
It will be a primer to give newcomers a rough idea of how some parts of the culture formed.
It'll be followed by an episode about the Iron age which, hopefully, will be more detailed and start to give new students of the Vikings a good basis of understanding for why the Viking age developed.
The Podcast is now represented on Facebook and Twitter as well as iTunes and can be found using the following links - 
Facebook - Norse by Northwest Podcast
Twitter - #NorseNorthwest
iTunes - Norse by Northwest 

Intro and Outro music provided by Svanevit - www.svanevit.com

As always, I welcome any questions or comments. You can email me via Aonghus@norsenorthwest.com or just go to the Website, www.norsenorthwest.com

I always reccomend further reading, so here are a few links for you to peruse on the subject of the Nordic Bronze Age.

http://arno.daastol.com/history/NordicBronzeAge.html

http://www.dandebat.dk/eng-dk-historie9.htm

http://sciencenordic.com/bronze-age-people-mine-their-own

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_Bronze_Age

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trundholm_sun_chariot

 

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Episode 01 -Vinland: A brief explanation of the Norse settlements attempted in North America.

 

Welcome to the first official episode of Norsw by Northwest.
In this episode I'll give a brief explanation of how the Norse came to North America and attempted to settle, as well as discussing some of the fakes and frauds which have been connected to the idea of American Vikings.

As stated, this is a BRIEF explanation in order to fit into the standard 30 minute podcast window. I didn't mention some specific things such as the 'Vinland map' simply because they are so controversial and deserve more discussion on their own. I'd be happy to do an extended version of this podcast in the future if people are interested in and willing to listen to a longer format discussion on this complicated and controvestial subject.

Please forgive any audio annoyances while I try to perfect a clean and smooth podcast for you.

Feel free to email me with questions, comments or suggestions - aonghus@norsenorthwest.com

 

 

Further Reading:

The Graenlendinga saga

Markland and Helluland

National Geographic article on evidence for Viking settlement in North America

L’Anse aux Meadows

Wikipedia

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This is just a short introduction to the podcast telling you a little bit about who I am and what my plans are for the podcast.

Keep your eyes open for a full length podcast this week.

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December 7, 2016

Norse By Northwest - Promo

A short promo for North By Northwest - A Viking History Podacst. 

First episode will be posted this week!

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