So today is Eyvind Kinnrif’s Day. For those who are not in the know (and I’m not one of them, sorry) Eyvind Kinnrif was a Norseman who was tortured to death by Olaf Tryggvason because he would not convert from the Heathen religion to the new Christian one. The method, at least what I could find on the web, was that Olaf placed a bowl of burning embers on Eyvind’s belly till it ruptured.
Despite what some may like to say about it being a seamless transition from the Old Religions to Christianity, it wasn’t.
Eyvind’s story wasn’t unique. There’s dozens, hundreds, of stories like his. I remember reading in one book on the vikings, that when one man refused to convert, they Christian forces forced a metal tube between his teeth and fed a live snake down his throat, leaving him to die as it dug it’s way out.
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