Sun and rain...

Sun and rain - we still have a wonderful
weather here in Denmark. 'Clouds run over the sky',
as we say here in Denmark,sometime s they bring
rain, sometimes the sun  takes over...

The Jomsvikings

 Jomsvikings fighting in a hail storm at the Battle of Hjörungavágr.
Halfdan Egedius' illustration for 'Olav Trygvasons saga. Snorre', 1899-edition

The Jomsvikings were a possibly legendary company of Viking mercenaries
or brigands of the 10th century and 11th century dedicated to the worship of such
deities as Odin and Thor.  According to the Norse sagas (particularly the 'Jómsvíkinga saga',
'King Olaf Tryggvasson’s Saga', and stories found in the Flatey Book), their stronghold
Jomsborg was located on the southern shore of the Baltic Sea, but the exact
location is disputed by modern historians and archeologists

Central Europe, 919-1125, Julin/Jomsborg is in West Pomerania....
The Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1923
The 'Saga of the Jomsvikings' relates that the Jomsvikings were
 highly selective in deciding whom to admit to their order. Membership was
restricted to men of proven valor between 18 and 50 (with the exception of a boy
named Vagn Åkesson, who defeated Sigvaldi Strut-Haraldsson in single combat at
the age of 12). In order to gain admission, prospective members were required to
prove themselves with a feat of strength, often taking the form of a
ritual duel, or holmgang, with a Jomsviking

The Viking shielmaiden Thorgerd, aka Lagertha, fighting the Jomsvikings.
Illustration by Jenny Nyström, 1895

Once admitted, the Jomsvikings required adherence to a strict code of conduct
in order to instill a sense of military discipline among its members. Any violation of these
rules could be punished with immediate expulsion from the order. Each Jomsviking was bound to
defend his brothers, as well as to avenge their deaths if necessary. He was forbidden to speak ill of his
fellows or to quarrel with them. Blood feuds between members were to be mediated by Jomsviking
officers. Jomsvikings were forbidden to show fear or to flee in the face of an enemy of equal or
inferior strength, though orderly retreat in the face of vastly outnumbering forces appears
to have been acceptable. All spoils of battle were to be equally distributed among the
entire brotherhood. No Jomsviking was permitted to be absent from Jomsborg for
more than three days without the permission of the brotherhood. No women or
children were allowed within the fortress walls, and none were to be taken
captive. It is unclear, however, whether members were forbidden
marriage or liaisons with women outside the walls

 The Battle of Svolder, at which the Jomsvikings fought with Denmark against Norway,
maybe with a swap of allegiance to side with Forkbeard's advantage, of his 400 ships
to Tryggvason's 100. Painted by Otto Sinding (1842-1909)

 The naval Battle of Svolder or Svold (Old Norse Svöld, Svöldr, Svölð or Svölðr)
took place in September of the year 1000 in the western Baltic Sea.

Here in the eyes of Christian Krohg: Illustration for Olav Tryggvasons saga,
Heimskringla 1899-edition


'The Jomsvikings (small ship) are joining the Battle of Svolder'
by Nils Bergslien, 1900

Jomsborg existed between the 960s and 1043. Accounts of the town size vary.
Jomsborg, in various sources, is supposed to have held anywhere from 30 to 300 ships
in its harbor, with Jomsviking chieftains including Palnatoke, Styrbjörn the Strong,
Sveyn Forkbeard, Sigvaldi Strut-Haraldsson, Thorkell the High, and Hemeng.
Jomsborg was destroyed in 1043 by Norwegian king Magnus the Good.
The fortress was burned down, and many of the inhabitants were killed

The Sjörup Runestone is generally associated with the Jomsviking
attack on Uppsala, the Battle of the Fýrisvellir. It says:

'Saxi placed this stone in memory of Ásbjörn Tófi's/Tóki's son, his partner.
He did not flee at Uppsala, but slaughtered as long as he had a weapon'.

The Battle of Fýrisvellir was a battle for the throne of Sweden which
was fought in the 980s on the plain called Fýrisvellir, where modern Uppsala is
situated, by King Eric the Victorious and his nephew Styrbjörn the Strong.


'After the Battle of the Fýrisvellir', by Mårten Eskil Winge, 1888

Nils Asplund (1874-1958)

Orpheus in the Underworld, 1914

The pig 'Griseknoen' - Piggy Beast

The pig 'Griseknoen' - in English 'Piggy Beast' and Danish: 'Grisepjokket' - is
Emil of Lönneberga's pet. Once Emil saved the little piglet
and it became his pet to keep...

...eating...and eating...

 ...and Griseknoen ate cherries...and became
so drunk that he could almost not walk...but he could dance...
(I know that feeling...)

Aldred, Ida, Emil...and Griseknoen
an illustration by Björn Berg

...two friend take a walk...


Five-year-old Emil finds his mischief becoming worse and 
his punishments more bearable after he has 
Piggy-Beast to share them with...

Photos by Gustav Heurlin (-1939)

Two young farm boys help feed pigs, 1918

Photo of a swedish pigfarmer by Gustav Heurlin. 
From the cover of Allers Familj-journal, nr. 18 1909

A boy feeds a pig as part of his membership 
duties to a pig club, 1918



Photo by Opioła Jerzy

Crowberries are commonly found in the northern hemisphere, 
from temperate to subarctic climates. They has been a vital addition to 
the diet of the Sami. The berries are usually collected in the fall of the year 
but if not picked they may persist on the plant and can be picked in the spring.
Crowberries contain mostly water. Their vitamin content is low, as is also 
the concentration of volatile liquids, the lack of which makes them 
almost odorless. The acidity is lower than is typically 
encountered in forest berries 

Saami group in the late 1800s

Photograph by Brooks Walker
Iceland Photo Gallery, National Geographic Traveler

A fisherman's hut in Reykjavík in 1835 with fish hung outside for drying
by Joseph Paul Gaimard (1796-1858)

Icelandic cuisine has a long history. Important parts of Icelandic cuisine 
are lamb, dairy, and fish, due to Iceland's proximity to the ocean - but
country food also included berries - fx. cowberries, blueberries -
as well asIceland moss, and wild  mushrooms etc.

Icelandic crowberries
Photo by Ante Aikio

Crowberries taken on the Westman Islands, Iceland
Photo by Thom Quine

 Plupp eating crowberries

Norrgavel eco wool blankets

Autumn!  Swedish Norrgavel  wool blankets looks like they could 
keep coulld keep us warm on those cold autumn and winter nights. The wool 
come from New Zealand and it is washed, spun and woven in Italy. No chemicals 
or emollients are used during production. The wool is not dyed, but has 
retained its natural colour. Available in brown, gray, light gray and beige 
Dimensions: 130 × 200 cm

Norrgavel's website

Icelandic Krækiber print or cushion

 Krækiber (Crowberry) Empetrum nigrum in October 
in the West Fjords of Iceland

Purchase the print and/or the cushion here

Bokken Lasson (1871-1970)

Portrait of Bokken Lasson, ca 1889

Caroline 'Bokken' Lasson (1871-1970) was a Norwegian concert 
and cabaret singer. She is known for starting the Oslo cabaret Chat Noir in 1912,
 and also for introducing the children's song 'Tuppen og Lillemor' to the Norwegian public.
Lasson took song lessons with Eva Nansen, and later song education in Dresden. She made her 
concert debut in 1894, at Brødrene Hals' concert house in Kristiania. She started touring 
in 1895, visiting many European cities, singing while accompanying herself playing lute.
She advanced from street singer to performing at cabarets and restaurants, 
and occasionally in musical comedies and plays. After several years of 
touring she settled in Kristiania

Singing and playing the lute...
dressed as 'the street singer', Hamburg, 1902

Bokken Lasson, 1903
Photo by Mittet & Co A.S.

'Portrait of Bokken Lasson' by Jacob Bratland

Bokken Lasson, 1885
Oslo Museum


....warm september weather in Iceland

Photo taken on September 17, 2011 by Vigdís Pálsdóttir, via Flickr

Icelandic horse roundup

 Icelandic horses cross a river near the Þingeyrar farm in Iceland

Every September/October after living wild in the Highlands the 1,000 year 
purebred Icelandic horses are rounded up and reunited with their owners

I found the photos here

Davíð Logi Jónsson, with his border collie puppy in 
the sorting pen at Laufskálarétt in northern Iceland.

A white horse stands in the pen at Guðmundur Guðmundsson 
property 'Hella' in Southern Iceland

Two year old Sigurđur Bragi Birkisson at the Laufskálarétt sorting pen in northern Iceland 

Icelandic horse walk down the highway to their farm after 
being sorted at the Víðidalstungurétt pen during the annual round-up

Recycled horseshoes in the barn of Geitaskarð farm in northwest Iceland

Icelandic Hjaltalin - Feels Like Sugar

Swedish Bioskinn

Sheepskin Bioskinn is a company dealing with Gotland sheep and lamb skins. 
Gotland Sheep is a 100 year old race with a skin that has many specific racial characteristics. 
The wool is soft, silky and shiny in a gray scale in all shades, from the lightest gray to 
almost black. The caps range from small to large. The leather comes from 
animals that have grazed on the natural pastures on the island.  

The skins from Bioskinn are tanned in an old, natural process, 
in harmony with nature. The vegetable plants Tara and Mimosa have high contents 
of tannic acids, that are extracted and used as tanning agents. The powder is used as a tanning 
agent. The vegetable tanning agent gives the suede side of the skin its colour; Tara gives off-white, 
Mimosa light brown-pink. The skin becomes a durable product, more beautiful to look at and 
feel while it is ageing. The skin is a product with total respect for our health. 
It is recommended for people with a metal allergy and it can be 
worn in direct contact with your own skin

Bioskinn's website is here

via Svensk Slöjd (Swedish Craft)
their website and Pinterest

Photos by Klara G

The tree and the rainbow...

 I came to think of the world tree Yggdrasil and the rainbow Bifröst 
when I saw this beautiful felt wall hanging which takes the dullness out of a rainy 
or gloomy mood, and brings in brightness and rainbow! Hand felted with New 
Zealand Merino wools and Wensleydale Locks, for a beautiful contrast 
of colour and texture. Sweet hand stitched rainbow-drops 
and fine white lace felted in.

This piece measures about 24 cm x 36 cm

Purchase the wall hanger here:
 Wooly Mammoth, Etsy