In the hall of the Viking king...













Picking up from the Viking theme the other day when I shared about our meeting with my friend Melanie and her husband last weekend, along with the experience of the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, we were thrilled when Melanie and her husband traveled to visit us in our home town, have a meal and time at our home, and have the opportunity to show them around here--especially the Midgard Historical Center which explores the world of the Vikings!

The highlight of the Midgard Historical Center--a museum with changing exhibits focusing on Viking history--is a Viking Hall, a reconstruction of a great mead hall from the Viking era. We were fortunate that there was a guide at the hall to tell us about the structure as we toured it--it's construction, historic evidence, the art of the Viking era, how a hall like this was used by the Vikings, etc. A celebration hall, it was--for feasting and fun! A grand, large ceremonial room where the important occasions of a community were celebrated. And like the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, I could live in the Viking Hall here in Horten!

A short walk from the Viking Hall is the Borre Park, where there are several Viking burial mounds/graves. The location of the burial mounds was very specific, and meant to be visible from the water for anyone sailing or walking along the coast. There is archeological evidence of two great halls located at Borre, and that the place may have already been a seat of great power and importance even before the Viking age. 

All this history and beauty... so amazing! These places are so special. We are blessed with this connection to the past so close to where we live. 


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  1. Just looking at all your snow feels so cooling! Beautiful photos once again!

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  2. Thanks, Everydaythings!! Wish I could send you some of the snow... ;)

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  3. That is just so wonderful -- that you could share Horton with friends. The hall is magnificent. I see what you mean when you say you could live there. But I promise, I will not complain about Michigan snow. Yours is gorgeous. But a WHOLE LOT!

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    1. We have had some snow... I'm trying to handle winter better, as I'm just not naturally a winter person... LOL... But we've been lucky, as some places have has waaay more than here in Horten. :/

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  4. your home has always had that feeling for me Tracy. that of a clean and uncluttered
    sacred space full of warmth. the kind that feeds the soul.
    another kindred lover of simplicity.
    you are like your old self again! a kind of rebirth. i can see it in your words
    and even more in the beautiful pictures you're sharing... not just in this post and last.
    it's all so wonderful. I'm happy for you darling girl of the north.
    love to You and your own Viking and littlest Luna! xo

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    1. Sooo sweet, Tammy... and thank you so much! Being truly at home in the mind, body, heart and soul--best place to be. :)))

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  5. Did you ever watch the LOTR makings-of features? They talk about borrowing so much of Viking culture blended with horse culture to create the Golden Hall in Rohan. Your images of these halls are so evocative. So glad you had friends to share it with.

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    1. Oh, yes, being BIG Tolkien fans, we've seen all we can on LOTR and the making of, etc. Rohan was sooo like Viking villages probably were like. We could easily step into Rohan to live. ;) Just such fascinating history...

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  6. Wow, I am loving these posts. I really enjoy history. I don't know a lot about the Viking Era at all so this is very fun information. I enjoyed looking at your photos of the hall where they had their celebration. The burial mounds are so interesting. I did go to the links and enjoyed reading about it. I find it fascinating that they buried items with them and it helps to identify the gender and then that they were sometimes buried in ships.
    Thanks for the history and all they are doing to find and preserve it all.
    You do have a bit of snow. We could use some here. I think we are going to have drought year which is a little worrisome.
    Sending warm thoughts and hugs your way! Xoxo

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    1. Glad you enjoyed these posts, LeAnn, i wish I had more to share... we'll have to go to some other places to share about! Wish I could send you some snow... I pray you won't struggle with drought this year!

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  7. Beautiful photos Tracy, and I love reading about Horten and its history. If we ever get there I hope we can go to see these places. I am a real history buff and hold a special fascination for Vikings as you know! Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend. Love and big hugs. xoxo

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    1. We hope you can come here some day, Marie... that would be so wonderful! We'd have so much fun, and we have so much to show you here! :)

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  8. This hall is absolutely stunning. In my mind’s eye, I can see the vikings feasting at that long table and hear the babble of voices speaking in a language that I don’t understand, but I know that I would still recognise some of their words, which have passed down into English usage over the centuries. Thank you for sharing your visit, Tracy. Marie x

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  9. so glad you had such a nice time with your friend! fascinating place!

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  10. The Hall was like entering a description of Hrothgar’s Hall in Beowulf! Such an incredible place. Even details like the paints used were from plant sources as close to the original recipes as possible. You could clearly see why the Sutton Hoo cauldron chain had to be so long and as a focal point in a Hall was made so elaborately. Everything about it rang true to what I had read. Amazing. Please have it flat packed. I’ll erect it in the garden! Giggle.

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    1. Oh, that is a TERRIFIC idea, Melanie... a flat-pack model of the Viking Hall for back gardens! I'll be ordering one too! ;) It was a grand place, wasn't... It's like stepping back in time, and you just want to linger there! It was so much fun to take you there and share the experience with you! You much come back in the summer for the Viking market days in July!! ((HUGS))

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