Birth of the Barbarian

columns_wp-24_13-01The “noble warrior” is nothing more than a Roman myth. 

He lives in that shadowy land where archetype collides with stereotype: the muscle-bound, wild-eyed, sword-swinging Viking. For good or ill he has become the popular image of Heathenry. The many other roles common in Norse culture — fisherman, farmer, trader, skald — receive much less attention than “warrior.” As Asastraur Ed LeBouthilier writes:

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