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The Viking Cards Deck & Book Set

by Gudrun G. Bergmann

The Viking Cards Deck & Book Set
Price: $19.95
Number of cards in deck: 32

Measurements: 3.1 x 5.6 inches, or 79 x 142 mm.

Back of card: Yellow, dark at the bottom, shading to light at the top. In the center, a circle with a cartoon of a helmeted Viking riding a horse, with shield & spear, accompanied by two birds.

Book included: Yes, 145 pages, 4.75 x 7 inches, or 12 x 17.8 cm. Black & white illustrations.

Publisher: US Games. Cards printed in Belgium, book printed in the US.

Comments: Viking cards are about men! Real men! Real men who fight! Real men who sweat! Sweat a lot! Never bathe! Real men who stink! Real men!

I'm sorry, it's always been hard for me to take Vikings seriously. Yes, they have wonderful legends, but they share them with their Germanic relatives, most of whom were more civilized than these guys. But I suppose there is a place in the world for a mythology of power, as much as I don't care for it myself.

In handling the cards, they seem to fall into several categories: There are 11 common (every day) objects, such as drinking horn, spear, helmet, shield, long boat, hearth, armor, currency, mask, etc. There are gods & divine objects, such as Huginn & Muninn, Sleipnir, Volva, the Sagas, Norns, Totem poles, the Giant, etc. There are these animals: Eagle, bull & dragon. There are locations: The council, the sweat lodge, the burial mound, the Stone of Thor, the place of power, the solstice cairn. And there are a rune card & a blood brothers card (with rather icky looking blood).

Viking stuff is rather thin when you get down to it. For something more substantial, see Clive Barrett's Norse Tarot. Makes me wish I had done better notes on that deck when I had it open.

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