“Lo, there do I see my father. Lo, there do I see my mother, and my sisters, and my brothers.
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.
Etymology. 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.
Probably, like the dead of Valhalla , they were destined to fight alongside the Norse gods during Ragnarok. According to Norse mythology, Vikings that did not fall in battle would likely find themselves in Helheim, a world beneath Midgard in the cosmology of Norse mythology, ruled over by the goddess Hel.
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.
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.
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.
Based on the novel, Eaters of the Dead, by Michael Crichton. In searching for the perfect Northern setting, the filmmakers traveled extensively before settling on the North Central coast of Vancouver Island, near Campbell River, British Columbia, at Elk Bay. Filmed in CinemaScope.
From Old Norse já (“ yes ”).
While we do not know exactly what they referred to themselves as, the term Vikings is a 19th century phrase. At the time of the Vikings , other nations referred to them as Norse , Norsemen and Danes.
The interjection takk (“ thank you ”) and its derivations are more common. Takk is borrowed from Danish tak, itself inherited from Old Norse þǫkk, and is thus a cognate of þökk.
Valhalla is Heaven , but Not for All Vikings As described by Old Norse sagas and texts, Valhalla is a realm of the Norse afterlife that Vikings aspired in life to enter upon their death. So in this sense, Valhalla is similar to the Christian concept of heaven .
Vikings were given courage in battle by their belief in a glorious afterlife. They thought brave warriors had a good chance of reaching Valhalla , a great hall presided over by the god Odin, the treacherous god of battle and poetry. Here they would enjoy a long age of fighting and feasting.
Thor and Odin are still going strong 1000 years after the Viking Age. Many think that the old Nordic religion – the belief in the Norse gods – disappeared with the introduction of Christianity. Today there are between 500 and 1000 people in Denmark who believe in the old Nordic religion and worship its ancient gods.