Ivar the Boneless, Ragnar Lothbrok’s Son

History|

Ivar the Boneless (Inwaer/Ingvar/Hyngwar) was one of the greatest leaders of Vikings and the legendary commander of the Great Heathen Army. He was the oldest son of Ragnar Lothbrok and Aslaug and had four younger brothers; Bjorn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Ubbe and Sigurd Snake-in-the Eye. Although he was known as a ruthless warrior, he was [...]

Bjorn Ironside, Ragnar Lothbrok’s Son

History|

Bjorn Ironside was one of the kings of Sweden who lived in the 9th century and was assumed to be one of the founders and the first ruler of the protohistoric Swedish dynasty named the Munsö Dynasty. Bjorn Ironside’s Parentage and Family On the contrary to how it was depicted in History Channel’s TV show, [...]

Lagertha the Shieldmaiden, Ragnar Lothbrok’s Wife

History|

Lagertha the Shieldmaiden, Ragnar Lothbrok’s wife, in the TV series Vikings is a character based on a Norwegian historical figure who was born in A.C. 795 and who is assumed to have died around the mid-9th century.  Although there are not so many historical accounts regarding the life and deeds of our favorite shieldmaiden, I will try [...]

What is Chimera?

Greek Mythology|

Chimera (Chimaera or Khimaira) is a mythical creature which is believed to be formed of three different animals; a lioness, a goat and a snake. Chimera's head was that of a lioness while she had a goat's head on her back and a snake's head at the tip of her tail. According to the belief, [...]

Fenrir

Norse Mythology|

Fenrir is the giant wolf in Norse mythology born from the union of the god Loki and the giantess Angrboða. He is therefore the brother of Hel, the goddess of the underworld and the serpent Jörmungandr. The name Fenrir literally means "the one that dwells in the marshes" in the Old Norse language. According to [...]

The Furies (Erinyes)

Greek Mythology|

The Furies are the three chthonic female deities of vengeance in Greek mythology. They are also called Erinyes (Erinys) which means “the avengers” in Greek language. The counterpart of the Furies is “Dirae” in Roman mythology. There are several myths regarding the birth and parentage of the Furies. The most common belief is that they were [...]

Doppelganger

Urban Legends|

Etymology The word doppelganger is the English form of the name “Doppelgänger” in German meaning “double goer/double walker”. This word was firstly used by Jean Paul in his work Siebenkäs in 1796 and derived into English later. What is a Doppelganger? Definition of a doppelganger varies between the accounts of the old ages. They were [...]

What is a griffin?

Greek Mythology|

Griffins or gryphons are winged mythical creatures with a lion’s body, an eagle’s head and ears resembling a horse’s ears. Rest of the physical features differs between the myths, i.e. they are sometimes depicted without wings. Griffins are most commonly mentioned in Greek mythology, however, the myth regarding Griffins originated from Ancient India. It is [...]

What is a manticore?

Persian Mythology|

Manticores are mythical creatures in Persian mythology that lived in India according to the accounts of the ancient times. The name “manticore” is considered to be a derivation of the word “mardkhora” meaning “man-eater” in Persian language of early ages, “marthikoras” being the counterpart of this word in Hindi language. As is understood from the [...]

Arachne, the First Spider

Greek Mythology|

Arachne is a figure in Greek mythology known for her challenge against the goddess Athena. According to the myth, she was the first spider of the world who was originally a young daughter of a shepherd known for his beautiful wools. Arachne was very talented in weaving and studied with Athena, the goddess that is [...]

Mormo (Mythology)

Greek Mythology|

Mormo was a spirit in Greek and Roman mythology that was said to bite children. Caretakers used to scare children with stories about Mormo trying to convince them not to misbehave or Mormo would come and bite them. Mostly Mormo was referred as a female figure resembling a vampire and the concept of Mormo seems [...]

What is a Harpy?

Greek Mythology|

Harpy: Etymology and Origin A harpy was a partly woman partly vulture creature in Greek and Roman mythology. Harpies were said to be wind spirits originally. Some descriptions defined a harpy to be a woman with a vulture’s body whereas some defined it to have a woman’s body with a vulture’s head. The word “harpy” [...]

Da Vinci’s Demons, Facts, Myths & Sons of Mithras

History|

Leonardo Da Vinci – The Facts and Myths What or, rather, who do we all remember when we hear the word “Renaissance”? Undoubtedly Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the names that come to mind firstly.  As one of most significant artists of the age, Da Vinci surely etched his name in golden letters on [...]

Ouroboros, the Infinity Symbol

Greek Mythology|

Etymology of Ouroboros, the Infinity Symbol The term ouroboros is derived from two words in ancient Greek language. The first word is "oura" which means "the tail" while the second word being "boros" which means "eating". Combined, these two words give the meaning "he /it that eats his/its tail" or "tail eater”.  A serpent eating its own [...]