Maria Kvilhaug is a Norwegian author and historian who writes in the English language. She was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1975. She has written both fiction and non-fiction centering on the pre-Christian culture of Scandinavia, better known as the Viking Age. She studied History of Religions, History, Philosophy and Old Norse Philology (the study and interpretation of ancient languages) at the University of Oslo, graduating with an MA degree in 2004; The Maiden with the Mead – a Goddess of Initiation Rituals in Old Norse Mythology. Maria grew up in Norway, but as a young adult lived several years abroad; in England (London & Stoke-On-Trent), in the USA (Caliphornia; Berkeley and Oakland), Mexico (Oaxaca) and Portugal (Arganil). She has published with VDM Verlag, Whyte Tracks, Createspace, KDP and, finally, the Saga Press. She works part time as a health and care worker. She lives with her man and her cat at the edge of a forest in what used to be old Vingulmark. She adheres to no particular religion or ideology, but takes a non-dogmatic, spiritual, mystical as well as an academic and scientific approach to both life and her own work, and sees no problem with combining these.
LIST OF PUBLISHED WORKS:
Book One: “The Hammer of Greatness” (2014, Createspace): Born in the Baltic, Thordís is a daughter to the Gaut Thunder priest (Thorsgódi) Thorbjörn, whose lineage was destroyed by the Svear king, forcing Thorbjörn to flee to Aldeigjuborg, the first Viking settlement in Gardaríki (Russia). Another conflict with his own captain leads Thorbjörn to flee into the Baltic river lands during a summer raiding expedition, where he encounters the beautiful Healer and her daughter, Zivah. When Thordís is seven years old and Zivah is seventeen, their peaceful village is raided by Vikings from Aldeigjuborg. Orphaned and alone, Thordís embarks on a powerful quest to save the freedom of her sister and herself, endearing herself to these rogue pirates and securing a place among them.
Book Two: “My Enemy´s Head” (2014, Createspace): The second book centers around life in the Viking court of Aldeigjuborg with Zivah and Thordís coming to terms with their new situations. Thordís becomes an aspiring shield maiden while learning how to hone boys into men.
Book Three: “The Hel Rune´s Claim” (2015, Createspace): The third book takes us out of court and into the larger settlement of Aldeigjuborg and their international relations as young Thordís and her friend Ivarr Hallgrimsson learn to know each other and the world around them. Like the second book began to do, this book centers around the great rites of the seasons as well as marriage rites.
Book Four: “A Twisted Mirror” (2017, Createspace): The fourth book describes Thordis´ involuntary apprenticeship to the Hel Runes, priestesses of Death and human sacrifice, her coming of age and her new role as the Vessel of the gods and as a Thunder priestess, reclaiming her father´s legacy.
More books will come eventually….
6. “Alle netter ni – Mysterier, innvielsesritualer og den hellige drikken i norrøn mytologi (2018, Createspace) er forfatterens første utgivelse på norsk. Den er en videreutvikling av hovedfagsoppgaven (se punkt 1) og det første skritt på veien mo