Well shoot, if I had more followers, I would have put together a contest like this myself. Anyway, Karl Siegfried at the Norse Mythology blog (whom I’ve mentioned a few times here at VBE) has put together an Art Contest, to be judge by renowned comic book artists Boo Cook and Richard Elson. The theme is Midsummer (and, of course, Norse Mythology), and there are three age-levels for the competition (Kids, Teens, and Adults). I am not sure yet whether I’ll have time to put together an entry, but I wanted to spread the word! I suppose the more people who participate, the less likely it is that I would win… but hey, the more the merrier! And speaking of art and Vikings, check out this paper by my friend Erik Schjeide, artist as well as PhD candidate at UC Berkeley, in which he pulls together some informed speculation from the sources and our general picture of the history late Viking Age Norway re: what the carvings on the wainscotting at the famous hall at Hjarðarholt in western Iceland. I’ve been working on the ekphrasis of these carvings (Húsdrápa, the House Poem) myself on and off for various projects, and it’s been fun to hear him present on this. Sure, we can’t actually perfectly reconstruct things, but as an artist myself I enjoy seeing someone work at emulating this style. He has some photos of one of his own attempts at carving a scene from the poem, as well as some photos of art from the Viking period more generally, so check it out! And remember that I have a few samples of Viking age art as well in my post on how to dress like a Viking.