Posts Tagged ‘Beowulf’

The Boners of Östergötland

Friday, August 30th, 2013

In Östergötland, Sweden there are many boners carved into the surfaces of large rocks that protrude up through the ground. And, while we’re on the topic, I am sure there are many other boners in Östergötland of another sort as well…that also do their own sort of protruding. But those are not the types of boners that we are interested in here. No, we are interested in the rock-carving boners and these rock-carving boners have managed to keep it up for a solid 3000 years, which is a pretty good indication of an amazing level of stamina if you ask me. In addition to boners, these bronze-age Geats also carved pictures of boats, weapons, and animals. Clearly, these people had their priorities.

It is also interesting to note that Östergötland basically means Eastern Geatland in English. For those of you that are familiar with Beowulf, you will also know that he was a Geat, so we’re basically talking about boner carvings that were made by his ancestors. You can read more about these hällristningar (as they are known in Swedish) at Hällristningar i Norrköpings kommun (in Swedish only), which is also the owner of the image above. Some information in English is available at Upplev Norrköping but is unfortunately much less extensive.

The images below actually belong to me for a change.

The Realistic Old Norse Art of Howard David Johnson

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Here’s a badass image of Beowulf standing in front of Heorot, fantasizing about all the various ways in which he might brutally slay Grendel:

This little bit of artistic glory comes courtesy of Howard David Johnson, a contemporary artist specializing in mixed media who often chooses historical epics and myths as his themes of choice. In fact, his website features a whole page devoted exclusively to his work based on Norse mythology, and you should probably go visit it if you enjoy that sort of thing. Some of the pieces may not be as compelling as others, but there are enough cool ones to make it a fun place to browse. Here’s another that I like a lot, called Kreimhilde’s Revenge, based on the Volsunga Saga/Nibelungenlied:

Beowulf Orated…

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Benjamin Bagby is one unusual dude. He goes around orating Beowulf in its original Old English with the help of a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon harp. His performance at the Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, Sweden was recorded a couple years ago and parts of it can be viewed on youtube. This unfortunately means that he’s sitting on an elegant modern stage a safe distance from the audience instead of in a mead hall surrounded by eager listeners with a fire nearby, which sort of creates a sense of detached absurdity. But that doesn’t mean it’s not cool that someone is properly promoting the biggest badass in Scandinavian history.

Hail to a true modern skald or scop or whatever you wish to call him:

Pure Nordic Hatred, part 2

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

So, picking up from where I left off last time…I would still like to attain more glory for myself. Or, to be more specific, any glory at all because right now I have none. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t want a nice, heaping helping of glorious glory? …Hail onwards »