1/01/2013 11:07pm, #21
Further complicating the picture is the fact that many Norse would spend some time raiding and some time trading--whichever seemed more promising at the time, given weather and a whole host of other variables. Sometimes a drakkar-ship would decide whether to trade or to raid based on the defences of the towns they encountered.
You might want to look that one up. Conversion (often by force thanks to pleasant individuals such as "Saint" Olaf) didn't put much of a brake on the sword'n'slaughter stuff, any more than it did among already-converted Saxons or Franks. Kings using monotheism to unify their followings were then able to further organize their forces, resulting in body-counts after the viking age that dwarfed anything that had occurred when the drakkar-ships still plied the waters.
Closer to (my) home, the first Norman duke (Hrolf Gangar, or "Rollo" as he's known in English) accepted nominal conversion for political gains (a very common reason among the highborn of the time, given the Roman church's power to bribe). However, as much as he contributed to local churches in Normandy, before he died he called upon--and made sacrifices to--his own ancestral gods. Playing both sides was nothing unusual in those times.
1/02/2013 10:10am, #22
The Scandinavian people are probably the most prolific conquerors of all Europeans. If it wasn't for Vikings, we wouldn't have SAMBO.I feel like you eye-bawlin' me, dawg!
1/02/2013 10:31am, #23
1/02/2013 12:36pm, #24
Before that happens, I'll derail matters with a little rant of my own. Apparently, there's a new-age bead-woman somewhere on a revisionist crusade, trying to turn the Vikings into peaceful hippies by--among other things--claiming that Blood-Eagle sacrifices never happened.
Leaving aside that NOBODY in dark-age times (Viking or otherwise) was likely to live long as a peaceful hippie, I am disturbed--nay, offended--by the very idea of Blood Eagles never having been an integral part of viking culture and heritage.
The implications are quite an inconvenience. Next time I'm in court for pulling the lungs out of suit-boy, I might have to give up the "legitimate-expression-of-culture" defense that has always led to a stay of charges, choosing instead the defense of "right to recreational pursuit", "freedom of artistic expression" or some such nonsense.
Did I already mention: Harrumph?
1/02/2013 12:46pm, #25I feel like you eye-bawlin' me, dawg!
1/02/2013 1:45pm, #26
Way to go on dispelling all those Viking myths that might be said on that show that hasn't aired yet!
1/02/2013 2:16pm, #27
1/02/2013 3:48pm, #28
The BBC did a good series on The Vikings about 2 years ago. If you're lucky may be the History channel may broadcast it (unlikely though). Otherwise you might catch on BBC i-Player.
1/02/2013 4:15pm, #29
1/02/2013 4:17pm, #30
Here's a decent source for Viking attractions in Denmark, and some other info.
Interesting page discussing the etymology of "viking", mostly in Danish.
edit/disclaimer: This is for those of you who can read and have at least a modicum of intelligence.
I do not assume the OP has either of those attributes.
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