Caves, woods and crosses: Scandinavian beliefs/religion in early Ireland

National University of Ireland National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Dublin
Edel Bhreathnach

In popular culture Vikings are usually portrayed as blood-thirsty barbarians who looted and killed wherever they landed. Their rituals and beliefs are regarded as equally brutal. But what do historical and literary sources and archaeology tell us about Scandinavian beliefs and their religion in early Ireland? Can we distinguish between their official conversion to Christianity...