Tag: Sweden

The History Of Sweden Throughout The Eventful Viking Period

In the time of the Viking Age Sweden was fragmented into many petty kingdoms (also known as earldoms) ruled each by a local chieftain, although, according to semi-legendary history, there might have been renowned monarchs who ruled parts of the realms of what is now Sweden (along with Denmark and Norway) such as Ragnar Lothbrok…


The Two Largest Viking Age Settlements From Northern Europe

This article will briefly discuss the two most largest Norse settlements dating to the Viking period in Northern Europe. The first one, judging by its size and its population, was most likely Hedeby, although recent research suggests that Uppåkra might have very well surpassed the latter in both regards. Hedeby Hedeby was an important Viking…


Could The Elfdalian Language In Sweden Be Preserved In The Future?

Elfdalian (autonym: Övdalsk) is an archaic North Germanic language spoken by circa 2,000 native speakers in the locality of Älvdalen, the seat of the namesake municipality located in Dalarna county, Sweden. As it is the case of the rest of the North Germanic languages (specifically Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic or Faroese), Elfdalian is descended from Old Norse,…


The Swedish Vikings And The Varangian Guard

Background During the Viking Age (which lasted for about four hundred years, namely between the 8th century and the late 11th century), Scandinavia was fragmented into various petty kingdoms which were each ruled by a local earl (or jarl). Thus, this large land area situated in Northern Europe, which collectively represented the homeland of the…


Discover The Viking Town Of Birka, Sweden

Birka is a Viking Age town that was used in early medieval Sweden as one of the most significant trading posts from the Baltic Sea region. It is located 30 kilometres west of the capital city of Sweden, Stockholm, in Lake Mälaren (alternatively known in English as Lake Malar), specifically on the island of Björkö…