Characteristics Of A Viking Society

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A thousand years ago in the churches and monasteries of Northern France, a prayer was heard. " A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine." e.g 'From the wrath of the Northmen, O Lord, deliver us.' This litany of despair was amply justified.Even though it hasn't been mentioned that the Northmen were Vikings until 9th century,now we know that the Northmen, Vikings, meant fear and blood for every medieval church and monastic institution.Who were these red-blond invaders from the North? Where did they come from? Were they only sea raiders? Who drove them on? Who are these "pagans" who show no mercy while raiding, but become full of peace while trading?
Before answering these intriguing questions, it is essential that the reason whole world call them
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It's a stereotype that Vikings are only the warriors who are fighting bravely for Valhalla, which is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over by the god Odin. (In Norse religion,It is believed that warriors who died in combat will go to Valhalla. ) Three social classes existed in viking society. What's good about the situation is that mechanisms existed such that a person could move himself from one class to another.The vast majority of Norsemen belonged to the middle class, the karls. These people were freemen and land owners.They were the farmers, the smiths, and the just plain folks. Families of karls usually lived in cluster of two or more buildings, typically longhouses supplemented by barns and workshops.Above them were the jarls, the noble class. The stories indicate that jarls lived in fine halls and led refined lives filled with a myriad of activities. But archaeological evidence to back up these details is …show more content…
Vikings preferred the long, usually broad, two-edged iron sword, with the hilt made up of four elements. Apparently, Viking sword was often a weapon of great splendour. The vikings, indeed loved richness and colour in their weapons,harness and clothes. They also loved to be in a simple and comfortable or situation. They had weapons which were light, fast, and well balanced, and were good for speedy, deadly attacks, as well as for a var iety of nasty, clever moves. At that point, there is another stereotype about Vikings, in cartoons or movies about Vikings, the actors are wearing horned helmets so people have the opinion of the myth Viking warriors are wearing horned helmets or winged helmets. Forget almost every Viking costume you’ve ever seen. The pugnacious Scandinavians probably sported headgear when they marched into battle, but there’s no reason to believe it was festooned with horns. In depictions dating from the Viking age—between the eighth and 11th centuries—warriors appear either bareheaded or clad in simple helmets likely made of either iron or

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