The Vikings in their time were the best shipbuilders and sailors in the world. Their ships were very strong as they were made out of a very long-lasting type of wood, which was oak wood. They thought of many creative ways to make their ships more durable, such as dipping sheep?s wool in tar and then filling in the ships gaps to make it waterproof. The Vikings had long voyages, passing many parts of Europe and simultaneously speeding at least glimpses of their amazing technology skills to the people who saw there ships. For example many people from Ireland and Brittan must have seen their ships as they travelled from their homeland Scandinavia to France in the year 798. But their amazing technology skills would have not been spread throughout the world with out the help of navigation.
In conclusion it was ultimately the Vikings’ code of ethics, religion, and ideals were the reasons why they were such a fierce people.
One such battle tactic was a shield wall in which men with large shields would stand in the front lines while other Vikings using spears would fill in the gaps between the shields with the spears, killing anyone who dare get to
2. Martell, Hazel Mary. What Do We Know About The Vikings? New York, NY; Simon & Schuster Young Books, ©1992.
Ferguson begins by claiming that one of the main problems of trying to provide a history of the Vikings is that most of the literary sources that form our knowledge of the period were actually written hundreds of years after the events they describe. These literary sources, as well as documents mentioning the Vikings from the lands which they raided, cause some of our information to become skewed and unreliable. For this reason, Ferguson states that his goal in writing this book is to satisfy the reader’s desire for information “…without burdening it with an account of the innumerable controversies that cover every field of study of the period” (8). With this goal in mind, Ferguson implies that his main argument in the book is to cover every basic aspect of the Viking Age by using a variety of sources, all while giving his own expert opinion on the time period.
To begin, the most notable weapon in the mythology of the Vikings belongs to the god of thunder and
living center and therefore raided settled towns and cities for food and riches. Because of
The word “Vikings” conjures up a very specific and powerful image in the minds of those who hear it. An European from the eighth to mid-eleventh century would be struck with fear for Vikings were known as pillagers and barbarians that killed everything they saw (Magnússon, Magnús). Unlike today, when one hears “Viking” the image of a strong, rugged man with a horned helmet and a giant sword might come to mind. With many myths and fantastic stories, many historians and archaeologists have gone into the study of Vikings to find the truth. Rudolf Pörnter is a German historian and author of many books on the Holy Roman Empire and the Romans. F. D. Logan has a doctorate in Medieval Studies and was Professor of History at Emmanuel College, now Professor
The Vikings were a group of Scandinavian raiders that were around from about the 8th century to the 11th. They mainly attacked the British Islands , the Frankish empire, England, but they also plundered places such as the Iberian peninsula and northern Africa. Vikings did not always settle into the places that they found, for instance after exploring North America they left the place never to return again. Even so, after landing on Greenland they colonized themselves there, and ancestors of the Vikings still live there today. So now that you know a little about the history of the Vikings lets go into detail about the specifics of the Viking age. (Peter Sawyer, Oxford Ill. History of the Vikings p. 1-19)
Fierce warriors that pillaged and destroyed hundreds and thousands of villages. Brave men and women that crossed seas into the unknown. These superhero-like beings were Vikings. Many people thought of the Vikings to be savages that destroyed anything they touched, had no care for anything, and were beasts of humans. However, the Vikings had goals. They wanted prosperous farmland, a successful life, travel the world, and to know that someone of a higher power was looking out for them. Vikings believed in a polytheism or the worship of more than one god. These gods and goddesses were all “in charge” of a certain job that varies like knowledge, war, or fertility. The stories the Vikings told spoke from how the world was created to the many different gods and goddesses and how they worship them, so that they can be protected or saved.
...vidence why historians cannot distinguish a single cause for the Vikings drive to travel. Religion may be a factor but the most common or shared need among these varies groups of Vikings is urban marketing and trade. This is not an answer to the age-old question, “why did they invade”, but insight into “who” they were as a culture of many different identities with similar needs.
There was a lot more to the Vikings than their reputation would suggest. For example, Vikings had their own beliefs and religion. Before the Vikings resettled in other countries, they had their own religious beliefs and worshipped many different gods. The stories they told are known as ?Norse Myths?. The majority of them are about competitions between the gods and giants. The god of thunder, Thor, who was also ...
The Bible was began to be followed at the end of the Viking era.(The total structure of this sentence is messed up.) I wonder how much Christianity affected the downfall of the Viking’s, below I did some research on the topic. The Viking era existed from 800 BC to 1200 BC (“From Viking to Crusader”). (This is supposed to be cited with the author name and page in brackets.) The Vikings have three main religions throughout there period of existence. Each of the religions affected the character of the Vikings in a big way. Polytheism was the belief the Vikings had in the beginning of there existence. Paganism and Christianity came towards the end of the Viking era. Christianity arrived during the 10th and 11th BC (“The Viking to Crusader”). Polytheism was the most heavily practiced religion the Vikings had. The main god of the Vikings was Odin who was the god of war wisdom and poetry (“Viking Fury”). There isn’t much documentation from history about Odin and other gods of the Vikings. Odin was mirrored by the Vikings to be a great warrior, and be poets. Vikings felt it was an honor to die in battle because Odin would be grateful (“Viking Fury”). Paganism was another religion of the Vikings.
The Mythology of the Norse is a very intriguing subject. I was surprised to find that Norse mythology was not simply the ancient beliefs of the Norwegians but all the Nordic Countries. These include Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Even more surprising to me was the fact that these beliefs also encompassed the Netherlands, Germany and the areas in which the Saxons and Franks inhabited. Which, was a good portion of Western Europe. This amount of geographic coverage is the reason that I chose this specific Mythology to research. As I have great deal of English and German blood in me.