How to Win a Viking’s Heart

The Desert Muses are thrilled to announce our December guest blogger. Please help me welcome romance author, Gina Conkle.

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Viking Sagas are full of adventure and some salacious bits. Icelandic chieftain, Snorri Sturlson, put them on paper in the 12th century. His accounts are full of adventurous men and women. Occasionally, the chieftain shared how a Viking’s heart was won.

Three Terms Every Viking Must Know

To Amuse Oneself (at skemmta ser)

This term shows up in the Sagas, letting us know the Vikings liked physical intimacy, a thing to be enjoyed by women as men. You’ll find just as many references in the Sagas to Viking women seeking their pleasure as the men.

icelandCrowding Together in Bed (hviluprong)

Are you a snuggler? Then you would’ve liked to be a Viking. A sign of courtship was a man stretching out near his love interest and laying his head in her lap.

Picture an evening in a long house. Everyone is feasting, and a warrior freely shows his affection for his sweetheart. Another sign of courtship was a Viking woman making or mending a shirt for her love (but we won’t go the route of chores! Let’s stick to the romance).

The idea is the snuggling carried on to bed…as much for warmth in those cold northern climes as for tenderness and affection.

vikingEnjoy Him (njota hans)

Viking women liked sex. In fact, some divorced their husbands if they weren’t sexually satisfied. How many other cultures in Europe can claim that?!

One Saga tells of a handsome Iceland Viking falling for a pretty, young Iceland maiden. He plans a summer of trade in Norway to shore up his fortunes, promising to return soon.

While in Norway, the young Viking falls under the influence of an older woman with magic skills. She has her way with the young Viking but the young man’s heart belongs to his girl back home. Miffed by his rejection, the older woman casts a spell, making him impotent for his true love (unbeknownst to him).

Upon returning home, he marries the young maid, but after a year of trying, sex comes up short for her. She goes to her father to argue why she’s divorcing her otherwise upstanding young husband. She explains how she’s unable to “enjoy him.” And, yes, divorce resulted in the sagas.

Next time you think about those Vikings…remember, they weren’t all about raiding and pillaging.

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gconkleGina writes Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side. She loves history, books and romance. When not visiting fascinating places she can be found delving into the latest adventures in cooking, gardening, and chauffeuring her sons.

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