Of war and woe

Viking Age society far from egalitarian TERJE BIRKEDAL Laguna Woods, Calif. The April 9, 2021, issue of The Norwegian American published a letter to the editor from Mr. David Hofstad that observed that I had only briefly touched on the practice of slavery in my review of Professor Neil Price’s book, A History of the Vikings: Children of Ash and Elm, in the Nov. 13, 2020, issue of The Norwegian American. Hofstad rightly pointed out that Price had devoted an entire chapter to this key component of Viking culture and society. In his letter, Hofstad did a good job in summarizing Price’s extensive take on the role of slavery among the Vikings of Scandinavia.  Motivated by Mr. H
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Terje Birkedal

Terje G. Birkedal was born in Stavanger, Norway, in 1946. He immigrated to the U.S. as child and grew up in Colorado. After earning a Ph.D. in Anthropology he served as an archeologist with the National Park Service for 36 years. He has conducted fieldwork in Alaska, the American South and Southwest, Canada, the Great Plains, Guam, and Norway. He served five years as President of Sons of Norway Bernt Balchen Lodge in Anchorage, Alaska, and he has always been passionate about Norwegian prehistory, history, and culture.

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