Scientists determine Viking trade routes by the metal in their swords →

The latest episode of Slate’s ‘Working’ podcast featured author Neil Gaimann and he shared some insight on his writing and creative process. Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and while listening to him 1.) speak is a delight in itself and 2.) share some insight into his creative process, one of the things that Neil shared that resonated with me was that Viking swords originated in Afghanistan. That struck me as odd–I had no clue that the Viking trade routes extended that far east. This lead to a deep dive on the known history of Viking trade routes, Viking Slave Trade, Norse Mythology, Mythological Swords from Norse Mythology, Norse Colonies in North America, to name a few.

Kinda related and great, the history of the Minnesota Vikings uniform.