Category Archives: Scandinavia

The Ragnar Rag

One of the characters you play in Dragon Quest IV is a knight named Ragnar, and this is also one of the default names for a soldier in Dragon Quest III. And in HeroQuest, one of the quests in the … Continue reading

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Dice Dice Baby

While some historical games of chance have been played with all kinds of marked throwable objects, dice as we know them have been around for centuries. Millennia, even. The oldest known dice were found at an archaeological site in modern-day … Continue reading

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Norway Begins

As I mentioned here, I was looking through the introduction by the Brothers Grimm to their fairy tale collection to see what mythology they referenced, and one of the figures mentioned was someone named Harald the Fair-Haired. It turns out … Continue reading

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