Scandinavian Jul in the Viking period and in the early Middle Ages.
(source: Middelalderhistorie, Århus Universitet)
|Candle in Vor Frue Kirke, Århus/ GB|
|Carl Larsson, Midvinterblót, (wikipedia)|
|Viking House, Fyrkat/ GB|
|Harald Haarfager/ wikipedia|
|Odin, Hugin and Munin/wikipedia|
|Hakon the Good/ wikipedia|
933- 959). The saga was written down in ab. 1230. He describes that king Hakon decides to celebrate jul at the same time as the Christians. The saga also tells the story about a Viking chief, who after being a Christian, still held on to the tradition to celebrate three big feasts during each year, three yearly sacrifice feasts: one at the beginning of winter, one in midwinter and one in the start of summer.
|Snorri Sturlasson,C.Krogh/ Wikipedia|
|Jul in Lejre, Zealand/ wikipedia|
|Sacrifice place, reconstruction, DK/ wikipedia|
|Sacrifice of food,reconstruction, DK/ wikipedia|
|Feast in Middle Ages/ wikipedia|
|Earliest Danish cross, Vor Frue kirke, Århus/ GB|
Source: Middelalderhistorie.dk, Århus Universitet.