Viking Warrior

Bones and artifacts found
on sacred Norse ground.
Archeologists and researchers
did celebrate and surround
a Great Viking Warrior
buried in a tomb fitting
for one of prominence,
until DNA revealed
that He was a She.

A Viking Warrior Princess!
How could that be?

Postulate, they did,
why She would be laid to rest
with weapons belonging
to a Viking Military Leader –
      arrows, an axe, a spear,
      a shield, two horses, a sword,
      a knife, a military game board…

The same items that had
previously confirmed
the identity of a mighty man
who became a high-ranking woman
when the tools of their trade
revealed details of a warrior story
the experts were reluctant to tell.

Continuing my midweek sharing and celebrating of women during the National Women’s History Month, this poem, “Viking Warrior,” is included in my “empowered” Being a Woman – Becoming Collection (book link page). If you are interested in learning more about the Viking Warrior Woman featured in this poem, check out the links below. Thanks for visiting and reading. I will return Saturday with a spring-inspired post. 🌷 Michele

Smithsonian Magazine

“Birka Female Viking Warrior”

Viking ‘Warrior’ Presumed to Be a Man Is Actually a Woman | Live Science

Photo 1: Susanne Jutzeler (Pexels) Photo 2: Salt River Horses, courtesy of BeverlyDe Photography (Piccola Foto)

Β© 2021 Michele Lee Sefton.

45 thoughts on “Viking Warrior

    1. Thank you Warrior Woman! I was inspired to write these lines after watching a show on PBS (public broadcast station) last summer, about this great discovery and the ensuing controversy that followed. Fascinating!

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    1. Yes, times are changing! Said, Bob Dylan. 🎢 πŸ˜„
      I love hearing from you, empowered Warrior Woman! This Viking discovery (a few years ago) is just one example of an untold story from human history. With her found artifacts, her story has more clues than many. Who knows how brave or honorable (or not) she was, but the discovery and denial of her womanhood was interesting to me. Thank you for leaving your empowered feedback. πŸ‘πŸ»

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    1. I am glad you found the articles interesting. Thank you for reading my poem and the articles. Maybe so. She was certainly buried in an honorable way, according to their findings. Some were clearly looking for reasons to discredit her warrior status.

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  1. A great poem and interesting story with a great twist!. When we went on our Viking River Cruise a couple of years ago, we were on the ship, The Viking Alruna, She was also a warrior princess if I remember correctly.

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    1. I am also happy you found your way here, to my lines describing this mysterious (and controversial) warrior woman. πŸ•΅πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Many questions surrounding her life, but the discovery did seem to shake up the establishment. A fascinating era and culture, made more so by HER unburied bones.

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  2. Thanks for your wonderful poem on this Viking Warrior Woman! We saw a PBS special about the dig. So hilarious that it was a huge surprise, she was female. Now that there is new technology to test gender using teeth (they have an X or Y marker!) archeologists have discovered women big game hunters in the Americas as well, previously thought to be male!

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