Erikson's Influence On The Vikings

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The Vikings uncommon military tactics along with their strong willed shieldmaidens often intimidated Frankish rulers, many Frankish rulers would even to pay off the Vikings in hopes of preventing farther attacks on their subjects. This did backfire on what is now Paris, in 841CE Frankish King Charles payed a Viking leader 7000 livres of silver and gold for the freedom of Paris, this would be the equivalent of 17,429.30US dollars (without inflation). After hearing tales of how generous the Frankish king was Ragnar Lodbrok attacked the city of Paris in 845 CE with 120 long ships and 5000 Viking warriors lead by in hopes of receiving more than was previously given. Contrary to popular belief, the Viking people did not focus their time on raiding towns or monasteries. They focused their time on trade, forming settlements, and farming their land. Because of this by the mid-ninth century, Viking settlements had formed in Ireland, Scotland, and England. According to legends, Leif Erikson also known as Erik the Red played a key role in creating many of these settlements.
In 960 Erik the Reds father was exiled from Norway, Erik's
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Almost nothing is known about the Vikings religious practice’s although many religious scholars believe that the chieftains had roles similar to priest along with their normal leadership roles. It is also believed that pagan worship involved the sacrifice of horses, but know other animal sacrifice is known. However, we do know that when the Viking people converted from paganism to Christianity the pagan gods they previously worshiped did not disappear. Instead the Viking people simply changed the language that they used to refer to them, rather than calling them gods they started to use them as myths. Many of these myths would change over time and would eventually show parallels to the Christian

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