100 facts about the vikings

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100 facts about the vikings

100 Things You Should Know About Vikings by Fiona MacDonald

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Sure, the pugnacious Norsemen probably sported headgear, but that whole horn-festooned helmet look? Painters seem to have fabricated the trend during the 19th century, perhaps inspired by descriptions of northern Europeans by ancient Greek and Roman chroniclers.
Fiona MacDonald

39 Interesting Facts About Vikings

Centuries after their heyday in the Middle Ages, the Vikings remain a topic of popular fascination. And rightly so: Bold and tough, they fanned out from their bases in Scandinavia to become the terror of European monasteries and villages all over Christendom. With a cunning mix of trading and looting, they battered down whole societies and eventually settled lands from North America to the Black Sea. Since then, Hollywood and Victorian Romanticists have left us with pop-culture images of these seaborne adventurers, but how accurate is our collective picture of them? The surprising and interesting Viking facts above hold the answers.

6-10 Vikings Facts

Did you know that our days of the week are named after gods worshipped by Vikings? Meanwhile, Tuesday and Friday are named after Tyr and Frigg, the god and goddess of war and marriage, respectively. Finally, and possibly most famously, the Norse god of thunder and strength Thor gives us our Thursday. There is going to be a war Despite popular belief, Vikings never wore horned helmets.

Vikings were very clean people at least by comparison to other people at the time! A Viking's most treasured weapon was his sword. They were handed down generations via inheritance, were often named and could be inscribed with runes by talented smiths to magically increase their power. The nursery rhyme 'London Bridge is falling down' could be linked to a Viking named Olaf the Stout who fixed cables from longships to the bridge and pulled it into the Thames. Vikings played Piggy in the Middle with rolled up bearskins. Buttons hadn't been invented yet so toggles, clasps and brooches were used.


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