Shieldmaidens – Viking Gender Benders

Viking warrior women were not common, but they did probably exist. And they went against the gender norms of their day. Such brave swordswomen were, in fact, gender benders. And perhaps some of them may even have been what we would today call transgender. These warriors rocked the longboat of their day’s norms.

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Audio Credits

Podcast theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant”, “Mystery Sax”, and “There It Is” by Kevin MacLeod.

“Fro from Aggressive Insurance” Skit mixed from “Relaxing Music – Vindsvept – Sleeper” by Vindsvept, “Blowing the Viking Horn in Northern Sweden” by Vindsvept, and “D&D Ambience Medieval City” by Michael Ghelfi.

Hervar’s Saga audiodrama mixed from: “Viking Music United We Roar” from Solas Composer, “Farm Ambience SFX” from Free Sounds Library, “Running Footsteps” from Nagaty Studio, “Atmospheres Haunted Ship at Sea” from Mindscapes, “Sheep Baa Sound Effect” from Nagaty Studio, “Crackling Fireplace Sound Effect” from Virtual Fireplace, “Horror Ghosts Whispering” from ? (video removed by user), “Free Whoosh Sound Effects for Vlogs” from Pretty Snow 007, and “Double Fireball Sound Effect” from PS Sound Effects FX.

Other music from:

Sound Effect – Love Moment” (Careless Whisper by George Michael) from Taparan

Thunder Sounds” from Nick Judy

10 Different Boing Noises” from Sound Effects & More

Ripping Tearing Shredding Paper” from Adroon

Richard Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries” from TheWickedNorth.

All narration and voice acting by B. T. Newberg

Image Credits

Helmet from Vector Stock

Lips from Pixabay

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