Note that this course will be discontinued as of 31 July 2018. Participants registered prior to 31 July 2018 are not affected and will be able to complete the course at their leisure.
Listen to Norse tunes while you review information about this course.
So, you want to BE A NORÐKONA...
Norðkona training is for women who who want to gain traditional Norse knowledge similar to that offered in the Hirðmaðr training.
Upon completion of this course, you will have a basic understanding of Norse culture, survival concepts, and reindeer (yes, reindeer... An essential part of Scandinavian culture). So, if you don’t know about Norse stuff, wilderness survival, or reindeer - or the basis of what a Norðkona should know - this training program is for you.
The Norðkona training course is entirely completed online at your own pace.
Norðkona training is organized in 3 main sections (and various subsections): Norse Stuff, Survival Stuff, and Reindeer Stuff. In order to pass the course, you must complete all provided assessments.
What's covered in NORðKONA training
NORRŒNT MÁL (OLD NORSE LANGUAGE)
Introduction to the fundamentals of norrœnt mál (Old Norse language), Rök (Runes), as well as the basics about Íslenska (Icelandic) pronunciation. Access to a Úlfheðinn for any question you may have.
EDDUR (THE EDDAS)
Review of the Hávamál, Konungsbók Eddukvæða (Poetic Edda), as well as Snorra Edda (The Prose Edda), translated into a decent English version. Access to a Úlfheðinn for any question you may have.
ÍSLENDINGASÖGUR (THE SAGAS)
Access to all the Íslendingasögur (Sagas of Icelanders) that have been translated into (an acceptable version of) English. Again, a Úlfheðinn is available to answer your questions.
FRÆÐI (NORSE HISTORY)
Norse history, ancient manuscripts, poems, and culture (Old Norse and Icelandic texts translated into English). Access to a Úlfheðinn for any question you may have.
SEIÐR (nORSE MAGIC)
Brief overview of Norse magic, normally the realm of the feminine. With access to a Úlfheðinn as usual.
FORNESKJA (NORSE LORE)
Fundamentals about the Norse lore, including Æsir (Norse gods associated with war), Ásynjur (Norse goddesses associated with war), Vanir (Norse gods and goddesses associated with peace), Jötnar (Giants), Aðrir (other deities), Kindir (creatures), Kynja (species) and Níu Heimar (The Nine Homeworlds aka Yggdrasil). A Úlfheðinn is reachable via email for any question.
SIÐIR (NORSE CUSTOMS)
Basics of Norse culture. This includes the main helgar (Norse Festivals), Norse/Icelandic traditions, sǫngr (Norse Music), orðskviðir (Viking Proverbs), how to make glögg and mjoðr (mead), andfullrettirsorð (how to swear like a Viking). Finally, all this is followed by a carefully selected movie to give you an idea of Viking life. Access to a Úlfheðinn for any question you may have.
VÍKINGAR (THE VIKINGS)
Basics about Norse culture, as it relates specifically to Víkingar. This includes the Víkinga Code, rígr(social structure), eiðr (Norse Oaths), jafnaðr (Norse justice), nafn (the Old Norse naming system),dauði (deaths and rituals), leifa (afterlife where people go when not to Valhöll), hervápn (traditional Viking weapons), and Úlfhéðnar (the best Viking warriors). You can also watch several carefully selected documentaries, and have the option still to ask any question you may have to a Úlfheðinn.
TOOLS, WEAPONS, AND ARCHERY
Weapons and tools (as in proper knives, axes, and the like), past and present. Introduction to the basics and fundamentals of archery. That is, how to decently shoot a long bow (assuming you've got the muscles for it). Nope. a crossbow doesn't count. What are you, a school girl??!
What it takes TO SURVIVE
Psychology of survival, how to assess priorities (no, sourcing organic honey to make mead may not always be a priority), how to get properly equipped (have you ever heard of the saying "there's no bad weather, just bad clothing"?), as well as some elementary first aid. Basic stuff to find your way around, so you don't end up in a lava field and (temporarily) lose your eyes and a testicle (permanently for that one). These things happen.
buildING a decent Shelter
Icelandic-style shelters. Lean-to shelters but only because many people are obsessed with those, as they are otherwise useless, as well as natural shelters. Igloos as well, of course. We Víkingar were the first to settle the Canadian Arctic, and if we want to keep going (two Scandinavian countries just filed a claim on the north pole), we better be able to build amazing igloos! Some information on how to build... Log cabins as well!
THE Art of Fire
The art of fire... Nope, not the bow and drill. Let's face it, when you live in places like Norway or Iceland, you are more likely to win the Euro Lotto than you are to find a dry piece of wood! We're talking instead fire steel, and of course, ice. Yep, you read it right. You can start a fire with ice. And Óðinn knows that we Víkingar usually have an unlimited supply of that thing! And magic. As with the Norwegian military way of starting a fire... :-)
GETTING DRINKABLE Water
We normally have plenty of water, so it should be a non-issue... But you still need to do a few things so the water is drinkable and doesn't give you dysentery... Or worst if you are vacationing in some tropical places. Yeah, we're talking the Guinea Worm here. Don't know what it is? Click here. We're pretty sure you'll think twice before drinking water that doesn't come directly from Ásgarðr. And if you run out of water, you should know where to get/find water. Or if you end up having to drink piss or blood, learn how to selectively pick your subject (or victim).
Plants you can actually use
Okay. Vegan Víkingar are not a common occurence... Yet, you're gonna need to eat plants in a survival situation when you cannot catch any meat! Not to mention that your mum probably told you to eat your greens (in our case, we were told to drink our milk, that's why we're so big and strong, as a man doesn't survive on lettuce, or spruce as it is the case here). Plus, some plants have some medicinal use... And, we know what you were looking for: Yeah, some plants can also get you high (legally)!
Catching YOUR OWN Food
Learning to catch your own food is essential. Of course, this includes hunting as well as trapping, and being able to field dress an animal (so the meat isn't wasted, and the animal isn't killed for nothing. We Víkingar don't do that). But it also involves eating whatever is available around you. Surprisingly, there are many sources of protein right under your nose. Like tat big friendly hairy spider. Actually, no, you shouldn't eat spiders. Why not smoke the meat you just caught while you're at it?
AVOID BEING EATEN BY A Beast
Wanna avoid being eaten by a beast? We hear you... This is why we also have a beast management section, where you can learn how to deal with the worst beast in our part of the woods: bears and dragons. You also learn the behavior of some species, such as wolves. Yeah, there's no forest left in Scotland, because all wooded areas were burnt to the ground to get rid of wolves. We had no part to such (Christian) heresy! What, wolves eat sheep? So do we, so what?!
EVERYTHING THAT can kill you
Review, with some graphic materials, of the various things that can kill you. These include, but are not limited to, the obvious, such as a wild animals (or a dragon if you're a virgin girl)... You'll see that being eaten by a bear really isn't nice... We know, that sounds obvious, but when we see morons getting out of their way to attract the beast, it clearly isn't that obvious. But there's more... One of the worst things that can kill, although it certainly doesn't look like it, is glaciers!
Reindeer, also known as Caribou in North America, are an essential aspect of Norse, Sami, and generally Scandinavian culture. As a result, it is important for any Northwoman to better understand this animal from a traditional and practical perspective.
This module is organized in 6 sections: Reindeer History & Traditions, Human Impact on Reindeer, Reindeer Status & Conservation, Reindeer Biology, Range, and Habitat, Reindeer Behavior, and Reindeer Observation.
Easy. You just need to sign up!
How much? It’s free. Just kidding. The cost of the course is about 13 oz of silver. Oops, sorry, you don't know the viking ways yet! That’s only about $195. No taxes. We don’t believe in taxes.