Laughing Shall I Die: Lives and Deaths of the Great Vikings


‘Laughing Shall I Die’ explores the Viking fascination with scenes of heroic death. The literature of the Vikings is dominated by famous last stands, famous last words, death songs, and defiant gestures, all presented with grim humor. Much of this mindset is markedly alien to modern sentiment, and academics have accordingly shunned it. And yet, it is this same worldview that has always powered the popular public image of the Vikings – with their berserkers, valkyries, and cults of Valhalla and Ragnarok – and has also been surprisingly corroborated by archaeological discoveries such as the Ridgeway massacre site in Dorset.

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