The Vikings Research Paper

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Who were the vikings? The term used for vikings is “Scandinavian seafaring pirates and traders who raided and settled in many parts of northwestern Europe in the 8th–11th centuries.” Although this is the correct terminology for vikings, many people do not view them this way. Generally people view vikings as brutal, savage, unfeeling warriors who pillaged and burned with reckless restrain. This is not the entire story. While vikings were great warriors, they did not kill without a motive. They were cunning warriors who sought to make, and ultimately did, great changes in the vast land they conquered. The vikings were originally from Scandinavia, but they invade many parts of western and eastern Europe. They eventually settled in places they …show more content…
Each god or goddess had their own power. Some represented death, poetry, battle, families and etc. The most important god was Thor; he was the god of thunder and sky. Thor was so powerful that many vikings wore charms to represent him. Some would say these charms were “lucky,” and they were indicated by a single hammer. The vikings made of had gods and goddess to guide them through their life, but they did not always protect them.
1066 was the end of the Viking Age. This sad ending came due to the Europe feudal system. The European feudal was a well skilled, developed system that grew in power. This system gave the local lords power and wealth. They got this wealth in exchange for their services as cavalry soldiers in the army. They were so powerful that the vikings were no match for them. Even though the vikings were skilled warriors, the European army was more skilled than the vikings. The viking settlements were frequently crushed by the armies which caused an end to the Viking Age.
During the existence of the vikings, they were a form of walking history. They created a legacy that had an impact everywhere they went. They will never be forgotten, for they were cunning, fearless and brutal warriors that had a dramatic change in civilization

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