The Vikings were known for their ruthlessness and fighting skills that made them so fearless.
The blood-thirsty Vikings had such a strong influence and impact on Western Europe that their impact of Viking contact spread throughout the world and lives on today. Three significant ways they affected the world was by the Vikings amazing technology skills of ship building and navigation as well as their polytheism religion.
In the earliest years of the Vikings, there was little history recorded due to the polytheistic views that they followed. After the Vikings converted to Christianity, there were eventually written documents created pertaining to their existence. In Viking Warfare, I.P. Stephenson states that the Vikings “first described attack took place in AD 789”(11). The Vikings were also known as Norsemen. They were great storytellers, and that is perhaps how society knows so much about them today. The stories that the Norsemen told were called Sagas. Today, Vikings are often depicted as murderous savages, but while they were not pillaging villages they were actually quite a peaceful civilization. There were three countries that Vikings evolved from; Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Although it may seem that all Vikings were on the same side, they quarreled with each other as well. Despite the fact that Viking battles were bloody and gruesome they were also known to be the most hygienic out of many of the earlier civilizations. There was not a huge percentage of Vikings that went out and raided but when they did they made a huge impact on what Vikings are now known for. The success of Viking warfare and raids relied primarily on the uses of armor, weapons, long ships, and battle tactics.
In conclusion Vikings were people which wanted to expand their territory. With the information that we have they expanded till Greenland and British isles. And with their struggle they did and at last they have found Newfoundland which was so good for them by resources and land. Yet they couldn’t stay there because of weather conditions and the distance between Greenland and Canada played a major role too. And these circumstances resulted on their abandoned. However Historians may certainly not know all the facts about why settlement did not last. With that in mind the evidence points to battles with the natives, the long distance from Greenland, the population lack and the natural environmental factors. In my last words the Vikings were here for an instant and, for numerous reasons abandoned their settlement, leaving their spot forever.
TheVikings have been sailing for thousands of years (Steel 1). The Vikings traveled for 2 years this was called a Vikings trial (Steel 1). They would go out in search for land and new wonders in life. They would build their own boats out of wood and hides of animals. They were known as the best sailors of their time.
Using their wooden ships, they raided, traded, explored and settled in Europe, Asia and the North Atlantic islands. They developed different kinds of ships to help them navigate the ocean, seas and even narrow, shallow rivers. One kind of ship was the “knarr.” The knarr was a short, sturdy cargo ship that was mainly used for long ocean voyages and hazardous trips. It mainly used sails, but also had oars in the event that there was no wind on the open water. Another ship was known as the “karve”. They were very similar to the knarr, but had shallower h...
The Norse religion is the religion of the Norse people prior to the Christianization of Scandinavia. It may seem as though the religion’s influence has died out, but it still affects our culture today. The general mythology is well known, but the details, such as how the lore was passed down from generation to generation, is obscure.
To expand upon what I had mentioned before, vikings organized raids as a way to supplement their income mainly because Scandinavia did not offer many resources. The soil was rocky and the weather was cold, making farming and raising livestock challenging. Raiding provided a good, easy source of income. Although they eventually did look to expand their lands, they were looking for profit when they raided the monasteries along the coastlines. Among the items they looted were typical valuables, but also slaves which could bring them in quite a bit of money. I found this to be particularly interesting because it forces you to think of them in a different light. Most of the things we do in this life are for some sort of profit, so one quickly realizes that they were not pillaging and plundering to cause terror and spread chaos. People in other parts of the world did not have to deal with the harsh conditions that they had to deal with in their homeland. They were simp...
Most people think of the Vikings as rude, rough, mean people who simply wanted to destroy and steal everything. But is that really true? Was there a reason behind the Vikings rage and destructive mentality? Their way of life was different from most of the people at the time. But they were very skilled at many things. They had different beliefs and that may have impacted their way of thinking about things compared to other people. As well as the leaders they may have had at different times and where they lived. What happened to the Vikings in the end? If they were so powerful, why didn’t their population last longer? There are many interesting topics on the Vikings; but these are the most important.
They were nomadic, pagan people who did not raid others for the purpose of gaining territory or promoting their religious beliefs. They would ravage communities of their valuables and return to Scandinavia so they would be able to support themselves. Because their main focus was obtaining wealth, they paid immense attention to the trading patterns happening throughout Eastern and Western Europe. This attributes to why they travelled to Western Europe to attack just as the economy flourished. They also paid attention to political changes in Western Europe, as when there was political confusion or tension, they knew that area would be vulnerable to attack. (Bianchini, Lecture).
Research and archeological evidence have revealed the Vikings were a race of tall, blonde, imposing figures that lived predominantly in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway before the Middle Ages. The Vikings were a race of war mongering peoples. They conquered and then conquered each other to gain more victory and prowess in battle. On page forty, we can find King Volsung himself offering: “I have fought a hundred times… it will not be reported that I either fled or asked for peace.” (Saga, 40.) Their society was based in monarchs and Vikings lived in kingdoms rules over by many different kings, all fighting for dominance and resources. As these resources depleted over the years, along with the available land, the Vikings pushed each other south and out of the Nordic
The Phoenicians and Vikings are known for their significant contributions to travel and trade. Not only did they create new systems of navigation but they also developed faster transportation. In today’s modern world we still use these navigations systems. Even though the transportation they used to travel across water is not the same as today’s it still played a huge part in the design.
History typically describes the Vikings as the fiercest, most brutal of all the barbarian groups that invaded Europe. Historians agree that the Vikings were fierce, but was there more to them than that.
Typically, the image of a Viking is a barbaric, bearded man plundering and destroying a neighboring village. This is actually the stereotypical viewpoint. In actuality, Vikings, have a very different image. For example, Vikings did not wear furry boots or furry armor, they did not have horned helmets, they invaded Britain, and they also were the first to discover America! They were also experts in nautical technology, crafts, trading, warfare and many other skills (Jonsson 1). With all of these traits, the Vikings seem like an unstoppable force in the European continent. But, who were the Vikings? The Vikings were actually venturesome seafarers. This means that they were travelers who were constantly exploring and looking for new areas of land. There roots can be traced all the way back to 6000 B.C. were nomadic men traveled in primitive crafts up the Denmark coast. Fast forward two millennia and these nomadic people have established permanent homes, but still using the boat for food and travel. As stated before, they were not just raiders, although they did do this frequently, but they were actually expert traders, trading all around the world. It wasn’t until around 793 A.D. that a Viking explosion took place in northern Europe (Jonsson 2). Raids began to take place on neighboring villages and their places of worship. To some this is the only type of knowledge they have about Vikings. However, their culture was something to be admired. Trading, religion, and everyday life are all important parts of a Viking culture.