The True Meaning Of A Vikings: Who Were The Vikings

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Who were the Vikings? The true meaning of a Viking is the following “one that belongs to the pirate crews and teams from whom were the Northmen, who raided the coastlines of Europe in the 8th, 9th, and even the 10th centuries.” Some of the historical explanations have offered an image of the Vikings as being extremely brutal, savage, unsympathetic warriors who robbed and burned with reckless abandons. In fact this is not the complete story. While the Vikings were amazingly great warriors and combatants, they did not have the intention to kill for sport or burn and pillage without having a purpose. They were in fact scheming warriors who had sought to make, and ultimately did achieve to make, the greatest changes in the lands that they conquered …show more content…
The most popular god was Thor. He was the ruler of thunders and the skies in other words he was the sky god. Thor was so popular that many Vikings usually wore lucky charms which was shaped like the hammer Thor allegedly swung to make thunders. Another very important goddess was Freya, who was the goddess of love and the “provider” of large families. From the earliest periods of recorded raids in the 790s A.D till the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 is universally known as the Viking Age of the Scandinavian history. Vikings usually had to and in fact did use the Norwegian Sea and Baltic Sea for naval navigation to go south. The Normans are said to be descended from the Vikings who were given as slaves over lordship of areas such as northern France, the Duchy of Normandy in the 10th century. From that point of view, youngsters of the Vikings continued to have major influence in areas such as northern Europe. Similarly, King Harold Godwinson, who was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, amazingly had Danish ancestors. Two Vikings even managed to have ascended to the throne of England, with Sweyn Forkbeard owning the English throne from 1013 to 1014 and his son Cnut the Great became the king of England in the date …show more content…
In the Viking Age, the modern day nations of Norway, Sweden and Denmark did not even exist, but all of them were largely homogeneous and extremely similar in their cultures and languages, although somehow they were geographically distinct from one another. After the end of the Viking Age these separate kingdoms gradually with time acquired distinct identities as countries, which then went hand-in-hand with their Christianization. Thus the end of the Viking Age for the Scandinavians was the beginning of their relatively brief Middle Age.The Vikings begun discovering the northern islands, from which they ventured onto South to the Northern regions of Africa and East they reached to Russia, and even the Middle East. They raided, raped, and pillaged, but they were also engaged in many trade business, settled wide far stretched colonies, and acted as extremely talented mercenaries. Vikings who were led by Leif Ericson, successor to Erik the Red who was an extremely courageous leader, reached to North America before Christopher Columbus set foot in America and they had set up very short lived settlements in present-day L'Anse aux Meadows, and Labrador, which is found in Canada. Viking expansion into continental Europe was very limited due to the fact that their realm was bordered by powerful

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