In 2019, The Midgardian interviewed author Nancy Marie Brown as she was researching her book The Real Valkyrie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women (2021). In this interview, Nancy discusses how culture colors our view of gender roles and how the rigors of life during the Viking Age and the meritocracy that grew from it lent itself to greater gender equality than many women enjoy even today.
Quality resources on Norse mythology have never been more plentiful, approachable, and available than today. Unfortunately, looking for all that quality information on the topic also means sorting through more nonsense than ever before: The internet in particular swarms with hucksters, ideologues, and other purveyors of misinformation, their combine marketing efforts make disentangling fiction from fact tough.
Long before recorded history, ancient people acknowledged the sacred power and life-giving energy of the universe in spiritual ways. In the North, these divine forces were believed to emanate from various deities, or gods and goddesses.