As many of you know, I'm an aficionado of all things Viking except that purple football team, and an amateur scholar of Viking Age history, culture, folkways, and mythology.
Sooooo . . . October 8th will mark NINE years you good BOTL have been putting up with me (Nine years? Really? What were you thinking?) and as it happens, nine is a pretty significant number in Viking lore---Odin hung on Yggdrasil nine nights to win the runes, Thor was born of nine waves, and so forth and so on.
And every nine years a Great Feast was held at the temple in Uppsala, Sweden, and nine kinds of animals were sacrificed and their carcasses hung from the Great Oak, which St. Boniface, I think it was, later chopped down.
"And one of those nine kinds was man," it's said, but let's not go there.
Anyway, to mark the occasion, I'm launching a simple contest: Post something about Vikings (but not that damn purple team) in this thread. Could be history, archaeology, mythology, art, humor, folklore, festival, anything. As long as it's Viking related.
After an appropriate amount of time but hopefully sometime around my anniversary here, October 8th, I'll pick nine responding posts to draw from among:
1-3: Three most liked posts.
4. Most scholarly
5. Most unusual
7-9: My personal favorites of those left not chosen for 1-6.
Then I'll either asperse my grandniece Cloey with mead sprinkled with a hlauttein and have her draw one from a Viking helm, or I'll, you know, use an online random selector of some kind.
Winner will receive 9 different cigars from my "flocks and fields" for Uppsala sacrifice.