The Viking Issue

New stories published daily July 5-8.

The Viking Issue

Remembering Hnefatafl, the 1,000-year-old Viking board game murdered by chess

“It was the most prominent board game in Northern Europe for hundreds of years, so however it was played, it was engaging.”

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A maiden king? Dust and bones may reveal the true power of Viking women

While the allure of female warriors and maiden-kings is obvious, this view of power shown in pop culture doesn’t tell the whole story.

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44 Years Ago, Marvel redefined its mightiest avenger — and changed superheroes forever

The oral history of 1978’s What If? #10 (aka, the first time Jane Foster picked up Mjolnir).

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Lochlannach: How Viking raids shaped Ireland's cultural landscape

An original comic by Aodh Ó Riagáin (Oreganillo).

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The ultimate status symbol for Danish Vikings? Beaver fur — study

Gaze upon my coat, peasants!

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How Valhalla in Thor: Love and Thunder compares to Marvel Comics and Norse myth

Valhalla makes the leap from Marvel comics to the MCU.

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Lochlannach: How Viking raids shaped Ireland's cultural landscape

An original comic by Aodh Ó Riagáin (Oreganillo).

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Were Vikings the original super-spreaders?

An adapted extract from River Kings for Inverse.

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A maiden king? Dust and bones may reveal the true power of Viking women

While the allure of female warriors and maiden-kings is obvious, this view of power shown in pop culture doesn’t tell the whole story.

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You need to play the most underrated Viking game of the century ASAP

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has nothing on this overlooked classic.

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64 years ago, Hollywood made the most rip-roaring Viking movie ever

1958’s The Vikings might be dated, but it’s still a good time.

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Welcome to the Viking Issue

Inverse presents a series of stories that embrace the glorious weirdness, diversity, and curious nature of Vikings and how we depict them today.

The Viking Issue

Remembering Hnefatafl, the 1,000-year-old Viking board game murdered by chess

“It was the most prominent board game in Northern Europe for hundreds of years, so however it was played, it was engaging.”

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'The Northman' review: This primal, poetic Viking epic is one for the ages

Robert Eggers' historical fantasy-epic stars a ferocious Alexander Skarsgard as a Viking berserker on a path of vengeance.

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1 major clue may hint at an Assassin's Creed Valhalla Switch port

The key is in the sky.

Streaming 101

Vikings: Valhalla Netflix release date, time, cast, trailer, and plot for the spinoff series

Vikings is back, and this time with a whole new story to tell.

Tough competition

Look: Viking artifacts reveal how they rose to power

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Cosmic ray discovery both confirms and complicates Viking legend

The saga continues.

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How ancient Vikings used a surprising innovation to get ahead

Vikings spread out across Europe. Here’s how.

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Ancient finding adds an unexpected twist to the Viking afterlife myth

Even Vikings need a little comfort.