Scandinavia and Europe


Viking Key. As an object made of iron sometime between 500 and 800, this Viking Key was developed during the Late Iron Age in Scandinaiva. During a time of immense iron production and craftsmanship, this object would have witnessed the heavy traffic of global influence that surrounded the time period. Thriving ports, like Helgo--an island 30 miles off the coast of Stockholm--would have connected this key with the rest of Europe and even Asia.    

Viking coin

Viking Coin. Minted in 915 in what is now present-day York (United Kingdom), this coin contains strong Viking influences. Found in a Dublin Viking hoard,* the coin represents how Vikings served as conduits of transfer. They helped shape a global world.

*A hoard was an underground burial where Vikings would keep their silver in times of trouble. Although they would ideally return to the hoard, they often never did, resulting in treasure troves for historical dissection. 

Double-edged sword

Double-edged sword. Found in England, the blade of this Viking double-edged sword was likely made in Germany. The hilt itself, however, may not have originated in Germany and was probably added in a later date.

A Traditional Norwegian Medieval Ballad meaning the following:

Heming took his bow and arrows

and put on his skis, and went bearhunting.

Young Heming was a good skier

He flew on his skis

He then saw a fire burning inside a mountain 

In there sat the old witch Gygri,

poking in the fire:

"Where are you going so late at night, silly boy?

You shall stay here for the rest of your days,

and I will now go and invite guests to our wedding!" 

Gygri went outside,

the sun shone in her eyes

and she turned to stone down in the field

Scandinavia, with a Global Influence
Scandinavia and Europe