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  1. page Farming edited ... Importance of Farming in the Viking AgeImportance of Farming in the Viking Age An often overl…
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    Importance of Farming in the Viking AgeImportance of Farming in the Viking Age
    An often overlooked component of the Viking Age is the agricultural support provided by the farms which not only helped provide nutrition to Viking raiders but also allowed for increased trade throughout the Norse world and helped to create an economic basis for emerging countries or strengthening existing ones. As they came of age, young Norse men would choose to either live a life on the farm, which up to that point was all they knew, or they could join a chieftain's lið and embark on the risky but rewarding campaigns of the Viking warrior. Outside of the Vikings, most people survived on subsistence farming, and this is seen not only in the Norse homeland of Scandinavia but in most places settled during this period. The trade of crops such as wheat, rye, and oats as well as livestock brought together cultures and spurned Viking Age economies. Farming and grazing, the staples of most Viking Age families, provided the basis for survival while also adding rich incentive for settlers traveling to unknown lands in hopes of a better life. For example, if Greenland's grazing land had not been able to support a population during this period, then it is unlikely that many settlers would have chosen to live there rather than Iceland.
    Techniques,Organization, Techniques, Crops, and
    Farms in the Viking Age varied from settlement to settlement in terms of density and effectiveness, but the main components are seen in the majority of excavated sites. The longhouse was the standard form of farming shelter. It housed both the farmers and their animals. The density of these settlements differed depending on climate and arability of the land. For example, in Greenland and Iceland, where the climate was harsher and land was less arable, farms are more spread out. In Denmark and Sweden, however, farms are more closely compacted due to the richness of the soil. The settlers of warmer climates did not have to worry about stripping the soil of its nutrients as rapidly as those in more unforgiving areas. The main crops of the lands included barley, rye, and grains. In prosperous areas, cabbage, peas, and beans, and wheat could be grown. The farmers would use spades to till their fields, though plows driven by oxen would be utilized in larger farmsteads. Overall though, growing crops was secondary to livestock. Prime grazing land throughout the Norse world was highly sought in order to feed their cattle and oxen. Pigs and sheep were also commonly raised during this period.Livestock's importance is supported by the fact that in the Norse language, 'cattle' and 'money' were the same word: fé.
    {800px-Stöng_Viking_Longhouse.jpg} A Viking longhouse, located in Stöng . Picture taken by Thomas Ormston
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  2. msg Post Project Analysis message posted Post Project Analysis Overall, I found that once the group was able to come together in person and organize topics, the p…
    Post Project Analysis
    Overall, I found that once the group was able to come together in person and organize topics, the project went at a much more fluid pace than previously experienced. The group stuck to the original plan of each member being responsible for their various sub-page. The project went without much conflict or obstacles.
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  3. msg Post Project Analysis message posted Post Project Analysis Donnie's summary is apt. The choices of topic did indeed get smaller once people had chosen their t…
    Post Project Analysis
    Donnie's summary is apt. The choices of topic did indeed get smaller once people had chosen their topics, but that is a hazard of such group work. And while there was some difficulty with the email system, once contact information was exchanged everything went more smoothly.
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  4. msg Process Description message posted Process Description I chose to do my subpage on Death and Funeral Rites, covering topics such as the afterlife and buri…
    Process Description
    I chose to do my subpage on Death and Funeral Rites, covering topics such as the afterlife and burial processes. I believe I managed to reach all the technical aspects of the project.

    As a group, Trevor, Jayne and I met multiple times to discuss what
    subtopics would work best for the project. The other two members of the group were not as responsive; however, it should be noted that James did at least talk with us after class following the Thanksgiving holiday and then met again today, Monday (12/3). Emails did not seem to function for him, and we were unable to verify where the problem was there. He wasn't the only one who had issues receiving messages. I believe Trevor has
    spoken with you about Greg, he's the only group member we haven't heard anything from and he has failed to create a page.

    We didn't really have much of a plan other than making sure we knew each others' subtopics. I was lucky enough to be able start the actual page
    work before everyone else, and they seem to have followed what I had done. The main part of our plan was to keep in touch with each other to
    make sure everyone was progressing, and that was done via email or text mostly, with three or four in person meetings (two after class and two
    outside of class).

    I feel the work was pretty fairly divided and that the group has done a decent job. I do wish though that we had been able to meet a few times more, or at least have a few more after class discussions on topics. The page still feels a little jaunty in nature. Overall, I enjoyed the project; it combined two things I really enjoy, history and technology!
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  5. page Pagan Beliefs and Practices edited ... The Prose Edda along with Scandinavian poetry provide interesting stories about these unique g…
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    The Prose Edda along with Scandinavian poetry provide interesting stories about these unique gods.
    Paganism in Sagas, Primary Source Documents, and Skaldic Poetry
    ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍Viking‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍Viking sagas contain the ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍many‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍many adventures and
    Pagan Worship Sites
    The places of Pagan worship are not really places in the modern sense. There are very few actual buildings of worship. Most of the every day worshiping is done in ones home, or in some occasions in a sacred grove or other sacred location.
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    The Vikings would eventually convert to Christianity, but their pagan beliefs and mythology would be preserved by Snorri Sturluson
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    Christianity by clidkingclicking on the
    Discussion Portion
    Pre-planning phase:
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  6. page Popular Norse Gods and Other Famous Characters edited Popular Norse Gods ... from the website website: The Norse ... By Norman | / Published:…

    Popular Norse Gods
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    from the websitewebsite: The Norse
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    By Norman |/ Published: February
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    such as The The Prose
    {http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/24/Loke_og_Sigyn_by_Eckersberg.jpg/723px-Loke_og_Sigyn_by_Eckersberg.jpg} File: Loki and Sigyn: Loke og Sigyn by Eckersberg.Scanned from the 2003 illustrated Edda edition by Gudrun, pages 206-207
    Aesir
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  7. page Paganism in Sagas and Primary Source Documents edited Paganism Paganism in Sagas, ... Documents, and Scaldic Skaldic Poetry 1.Sagas Eirik the …

    Paganism
    Paganism in Sagas,
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    Documents, and ScaldicSkaldic Poetry
    1.Sagas
    Eirik the Red's Saga
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    Source translation: Albert S. Cook, Journal of English and Germanic Philology 22 (1923): 54-63.
    Selectiion of Skaldic Poetry
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    1983), pp. 10-15.
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    10-15.Found in: The
    {http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Runestone_from_S%C3%B8nder_Kirkby%2C_Falster%2C_Denmark.jpg} Runestone referencing Thor from Sønder Kirkeby, Falster, Denmark. Author: Bloodfox
    60. The Aesir meet
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