When you hear the word Vikings, what do you think of? Thor? Loki? Muscular blonde men? How to Train your Dragon? Mad Max? Horned helmets? Marvel? Lord of the Rings? Medieval pirates? They are known for their lack of education, brutish behavior, and evil pagan cults. Yet, we have found through our research that behind these admittedly violent groups, Vikings were complex in their culture, mythos, and technology.
Nordic myth and culture are intricately bonded. Historically their violent mythology, especially the draw of Valhalla, the heaven, only for warriors Odin chooses who die on the battle field, seems to reflected in their actions towards the cities and towns they attacked. Propelled by their slowly failing agricultural culture, the vikings sought settlements in other lands for new economic opportunities.
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Slide Show Captions:
The fight of frost and fire, Kerlingarfjöll
The funeral of a viking, by Frank Bernard Dicksee (1853-1928)
Jernalder, (Christian Blache, 1838 – 1920)