Monday, October 8, 2012

"Viking Age" Finnish Food

One of the many websites I visit from time to time is that of Satu Hovi.  She has an impressive collection of web resources on clothing in Iron Age (i.e., "Viking" Age) Finland. (Her English language home page, for those who may be interested, can be found here.)

Today, I visited her site and learned that she not only researches food in Iron Age Finland, she is in the process of working on a book about the subject. For now, however, those of us who find the topic interesting will have to settle for reading her articles here and here. The first of the pair is a general summary of the foods commonly eaten in Iron Age Finland, while the second focuses on bread and porridge in particular.  In general, Ms. Hovi's articles indicate that foods available in Finland were of the same general types as those available in Scandinavia during the Viking Age, but the selection of available foods was significantly smaller.   For example, cabbage was not known in Finland during that period, though it was commonly eaten elsewhere in Scandinavia. 

I will keep an eye out for Ms. Hovi's book and, hopefully, will be able to purchase and review a copy on this blog.  

EDIT:  (4/10/2013)  I just attempted to reach Ms. Hovi's pages and found that the links were broken.  Hopefully she is in the process of setting them up in a new Internet domain.  It's possible to locate some of her material through the Wayback Machine, but I will keep an eye out for new pages from her and fix these links if I find any.  Stay tuned, and if any of you find them first, please let me know!

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