The Vikings The vikings were germanic tribes that came from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. They were warriors, raiders, traders, and explorers, famous for their successful attacks on Europe, their influence of trade on Europe, and their explorations. They were at the greatest during the Viking Age, a little bit before 800 A.D. and a little after 1,000 A.D. The vikings have left a major impact on the entire world, especially Europe.
Ravagers, Pirates, pagans: These words sums up the Vikings for the people who lived in europe during medieval times. Although the Vikings are seen as barbaric fighters, they brought many important technological inventions and had many achievements that made a great impact on european culture.
The Vikings were an amazing and terrifying group of people that originated from Scandinavia. The Vikings were extremely important because of the historical things they accomplished in Europe. The Vikings were a group of people that combined innovation and development to advance Europe and paved the way for what humanity now has in this modern day.
The Vikings were a peaceful fisher people, who was technologically capable of intricate craftsmanship requiring a profound knowledge of machinery and metallurgy. However, due to lack of geographical advantages, these amicable piscators were driven into savage acts of infanticide and desperate raids to survive, rather than being the primitive, bloodthirsty pirates of the dark ages their enemies painted them to be through their undeserved
The horror in their bloody faces, the anguish as you witness your own village getting ransacked by barbaric blood hunger Vikings. The Vikings are savages who have zero knowledge of morals and have no sympathy. Instead of laughing and watching them terrorize the peace, we need them to leave us alone as fast as possible. As you may have heard recently, my own small village two weeks ago was pillaged by the Vikings. It was ransacked and torn but what was the reason why?
All of this, “The Vikings Discover America, ca. 1000” ignores, resulting in an article with little academic merit. The article begins with “The Hell's Angels motorcycle gang on steroids - an appropriate description of the Viking raiders ...” Academic articles do not use such anachronistic terms because these comparisons are often inaccurate and simplistic. “The Vikings Discover America, ca. 1000” ignores the fact that “Viking” was a job title, and that they were explorers not just a burly group of men in leather. Anachronisms simplify and misrepresent historical terms.
The Viking raiders are described as Hell's Angels motorcycle mob that was out to rob and kill. The Vikings originated from Scandinavian countries in the 8th century and travelled by sea in search of new adventures and areas and new territories. However, other sources2,4 indicate that the Vikings were friendly people who were assaulted by the Native American
In Viking society every freeman was expected to own a weapon and be familiar with its use. Weapons had a major impact on Viking society for many diverse reasons. Depending on what they could afford, every free Viking must have been able to use a weapon, a weapon like a spear was very common as it was cheap and easy to make and a weapon like a sword was only common to people with a higher social ranking and someone with more money. In the Viking culture honour played a very important role; any discouragement of honour was sorted through using weapons. As well as honour, pride was very important to the Vikings.
For my first argument, Vikings were just brutal raiders; they stole anything they could, including cattle, money, food and women. Ivar the boneless was one of the most Viking brutal raiders in that time. He was known for his punishments and torture methods. Ivar would tie men to trees and get multiple men to shoot arrows at the victim’s head until it exploded. The Viking ruler would also put his rivals to death by preforming blood eagles on them, cutting the back of the ribs from the spine making the ribs fling up and ripping the skin and making it look like the person look like they had wings.
In the final analysis, the Vikings could be considered as destructive and violent due to the circumstances they caused. Having said that, their historical and geographical condition, lifestyle, culture, societal norms were different and the motive was definitely not their brutal or devastating nature but the requirement of their time and
The Vikings established a name for themselves as Traders, Explorers and Warriors. They explored in Greenland and parts of Canada five hundred years prior to Columbus. They settled in Britain, Europe, Russia, Iceland and even NewFoundland. Who were the Vikings? What was their motivation for expansion?
Viking long-ships were lean, speedy, lightweight ships that could easily cut through the most vicious waves that the ocean could throw at them. At the time, no other civilization had been able to achieve such an amazing naval feat, so this gave the Vikings a great advantage over medieval combat, political affairs, and even the trading industry. Since the ships were so fast, the ships were great for transportation of soldiers, or merchandise. “The Viking longboat was the key to the Vikings success in traveling.” (Legends and Chronicles, Paragraph 14).
For this reason, the Vikings would spend a lot of time on the burial ships. Valhalla was one of the Vikings afterlife halls, and Valhalla was thought of to relate to the king of the gods. Vikings also buried their dead with treasures, as the Egyptians had, so that they could take those belongings with them to the afterlife, and hopefully gain social status. It was also believed during that time that if a body was not buried the right way it would not have a place to go in the afterlife.
As we have seen, the introduction of Christianity to the Vikings had significantly contributed to the end of the Viking Age in mid 11th Century, not only due to the persuasive Christian missionaries, and the realization of the benefits of Christianity, but also the forcible nature of Scandinavia king’s conversion of their subjects (which will be looked into in more detailed in due course). One must bear in mind that most of the evidence we have on the conversion of the Vikings is through archaeological excavations, as Gareth Williams explains that “we can see it in the archaeological evidences [that] Pagans buried their dead with grave goods, but Christians normally didn't, and this makes it relatively easy to spot the change in religion.”