“Lo, there do I see my father. Lo, there do I see my mother, and my sisters, and my brothers.
Most Vikings were sent to the afterlife in one of two ways—cremation or burial . Cremation (often upon a funeral pyre) was particularly common among the earliest Vikings, who were fiercely pagan and believed the fire’s smoke would help carry the deceased to their afterlife.
There might be places where a scale replica of a Viking longship may be set ablaze on a private pond. The deceased could be represented by cremated remains or an effigy. Before the memorial ceremony the deceased could be cremated and a portion of the cremated remains could be placed in an urn in the longship.
The ” prayer ” is a part of the ritual described by the real Ibn Fadlan where a slave girl/concubine of a deceased Rus chieftain is about to be sacrificed to accompany her master to the grave. It is not used by any of the Rus warriors themselves.
Originally a Norse greeting, “heil og sæl” had the form “heill ok sæll” when addressed to a man and “heil ok sæl” when addressed to a woman. Other versions were “ver heill ok sæll” (lit. be healthy and happy) and simply “heill” (lit. healthy).
Skol (written “skål” in Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish and “skál” in Faroese and Icelandic or “skaal” in transliteration of any of those languages) is the Danish-Norwegian-Swedish word for “cheers”, or “good health”, a salute or a toast, as to an admired person or group.
So you want a Hollywood style- Viking funeral ? Although having a ‘Hollywood style’ Viking funeral would be logistically impossible and completely illegal , having an authentic Viking funeral is actually legal. Cremation or burial on land or sea to emulate Viking funeral rites and customs is a real possibility in the USA.
Occasionally in the Viking Age, a widow was sacrificed at her husband’s funeral.
When Vikings died they believed they would go to Valhalla, where they would spend their afterlife. Warriors who had died bravely would be carried by the Valkyries to Valhalla. There they would be welcomed to the afterlife by the god Odin, with whom they would feast every night.
Did they actually have tattoos though? It is widely considered fact that the Vikings and Northmen in general, were heavily tattooed . However, historically, there is only one piece of evidence that mentions them actually being covered in ink.
Did Vikings Really Burn Their Dead in Boats ? Although there is some evidence a few very high-ranking individuals were burned in their boats , many more were simply buried in them . Still, a ship-grave was about as common to Vikings as a specialized memorial chapel is to modern Christian burials.
No. Open-air cremation or burning human bodies on funeral pyres is not legal in most of the Western world. However, there is an exception. In Crestone, Colorado, the Crestone End of Life Project operates a legal open-air cremation site where people can be legally cremated on a funeral pyre .
Based on Eaters of the Dead, a 1974 novel by Michael Crichton, the story combines two intriguing sources. One is the real-life adventure of Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan, an Arab poet who traveled north to the Viking lands in the 10th century.
(What they are actually speaking, in fact, is Norwegian , which is a descendant of Old Norse tongues and convenient for the filmmakers because it was the native language of many of the actors.) Herger and Ibn Fadlan: “Come on, little brother.”