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Midgard

The farmstead was the foundation of identity

The farmstead was important for those who lived from agriculture. Belonging to a farmstead which had been owned by the same extended family for generations was in many ways the basis of an individual’s identity. And it lent legitimacy to the position of the family in society.

The importance of the farmstead is shown clearly in the mythology, with Midgard, where the humans lived, surrounding the home of the gods, Asgard. In the Prose Edda it is also told that Midgard borders on Utgard, the dangerous, wild, outlying land where giants and other forces of chaos live.

Translated into daily life Midgard would be the equivalent of the farmstead and the cultivated fields, while Utgard signified untamed nature, the forests and mountains. But this view of the world was written down several hundred years after the Viking Age. Research from later eras questions the role of the hostile Utgard as the antithesis to the settled and secure Midgard. Utgard is a younger concept, with a shorter history than Midgard.

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Meaningful drinking  >
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Til – a Viking Age estate  >
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29
Town-like trading centres emerged  >
House
30
Skiing Finns – the northern people  >
House
31
Ceramics from all around the world  >
House
32
Runes in everyday life  >
House
33
Surviving the winter  >
House
34
Dirty creatures or vain Norse people?  >
House
35
No moderation when dressing up  >
House
36
Only fragments and threads remain  >
House
37
House and home under lock and key  >
House
38
A wooden spoon for the soup  >
House
39
The longhouse – symbol of ownership  >
House
40
Dark – but warm and colourful  >
House
41
Demand for timber emptied the landscape  >
House
42
Food for the poor and the rich  >
House
43
Music for work, everyday life and feasts  >
House
44
Sacrifices – Viking home insurance  >
House
45