[Rev 1.1], 2003-12-26, Written by Wilmer Thomas (work still in progress).
This site (will) contain some scientifically based discussion articles on topics I find interesting, regarding the history of ancient Scandinavia -- and by ancient, I mean the history prior to "written" middle age history, i.e. before, say, the 14th century. Specifically I am interested in the history of Scandinavia from year 0 B.C - 1200 A.D. -- the viking era and the circumstances leading to the viking era in Scandinavia, and Sweden in particular.
Here are some suggested topics, out of which the first is a separately documented article serie, Ancient Nordic sources . The following some that have not been (or will not be) incorporated into the articel serie.
Presented here: Ancient nordic sources - geography and logical mathemathics
I find it intriguing to ponder on the possibility of the oldest Edda poems, e.g. the stories about Helge Hundingsbane, the Hervara saga and more, to actually reflect real heros and their adventures in ancient Europe.
Beowulf and Rolf Krake (Hrolf Kraki) are two well-known characters in the myths and sagas of ancient Scandinavia. Both are supposed to have lived sometimes around 450 - 550 AD, and much have been discussed over the years regarding the origin of them both.
Presented here: Origins for Beowulf and Rolf Krake .
Three main suggestions heard in the debate is that it took place either along the shores of the bay Bråviken in the province of Östergötland, near Värend in the province of Småland, or at the riverside of Göta älv near Hunneberg in the province of Västergötland.
Ancient nordic sources mentions the custom of celebrating `jul' (the Scandinavian word for Christmas), a festivity of nine days duration. Another word for this tradition is midwinter sacrifices ("blot").
Lucia is celebrated on the 13th December. Calculating from this day gives exactly nine days until the shortest day of the year, 21st December. The tradition of the "light-bringer" seems interesting in combination with the celebration of the year turning towards the spring and lighter, longer days.
An interesting hypothesis I have heard of connected to this is the alignment of the Asa god Thor (known as `red Thor') and Santa Claus -- the idea being that the common people God Thor survived the Christian era modifications of old, heathen customs and tradition as the red, jolly fellow we know of today, the gift-bringer.