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I have, unfortunately, been very busy the last week or so finishing up some things and working towards my first (hopefully) proper publication. Whilst that is all very exciting, it means I have let darkage-ology slide a little. I will endeavour to finish the second part of Dark Age Warfare very soon but, in the meantime, I would like to wish you all a happy, if a little delayed, Winter solstice. As you may already know, Yule was the festival of midwinter celebrated over Germania and across the North Sea in pre-Christian times. It revolved around around feasting, drinking and possibly even sacrifice. The Winter solstice was an important event within the wider celebration of Yule, and may have been connected with the ‘Wild Hunt’. This was a spiritual, possibly even spectral, event which saw Odin, the king of the gods, and various other hunters race across the skies after their prey. Seeing the spectacle may well have brought luck to some, but could have signified imminent catastrophe to others.
So as you worship at the altar of capitalism and try to remember what we are supposed to be celebrating this Christmas, take a few moments to consider it’s pre-Christian foundations. And drink lots. And be happy.