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Explore The History of The Old Norse Religion

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Norse Paganism for Beginners (new & free Audiobook)

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Slavery During the Viking Age

Many historians turn to the belief that Viking raids were assembled first and foremost to enslave the local people and take them back to their country to make use of or trade with. Mainly women were captured, but men and children were also taken. The slave trade focused on the continent of Britain but also extended across the Mediterranean from Spain to Egypt. 

The evidence seen besides oral accounts is in the finding of collars and shackles around the ancient urban centers. Slaves were used for many activities such as textile manufacturing, shipbuilding, farming, and most of the unpleasant jobs done around the homestead. Sexual slavery as well as intermarriage was another reason the Vikings traded so loosely with the slave women and children of England and France.

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The Vikings WERE scattered throughout Scandinavia…

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Vikings and The Celts

During the Bronze Age, the Celts and Vikings were the largest groups to inhabit the northern world, and the fusion between the two was inevitable. The Celts inhabited northern England, Scotland, and Ireland but also spread to Northern Italy and Spain. Some think that due to similarity in language and culture there is a genetic connection between Vikings and Celts. The truth of the matter is that they were equally influenced by each other but had no genetic correlation. Celtic people were not seafarers and were more oriented in growing their own lands than pillaging others. 

The Celts and ancient Germanic people were neighbors before they decided to migrate and settle in separate lands during the Dark Ages. The Celts took to Ireland and Scotland from their Indo-European and Anatolian migration while the Germanic people mostly settled in Scandinavia.

During the Viking Age, the Celts had more influence on the Vikings in culture and language as they were already Christianized by the 5th century, whereas the Vikings contributed riches and the contact with foreign goods from trades. The Vikings landed in Ireland around the 7th century after having had some practice raiding and pillaging in East England and Scotland. They were incredibly important in the foundation of some major Irish towns known today, like Dublin and Cork. This clearly tells us that there was not solely violence, but some diplomacy and shared trade too.

Ancient Celtic tribes did not invent their own runic language; it was adopted from the Norse influence before and during the migrations, where both feuds and social interactions took place.

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Vikings and The Influence of Christianity

It was about the time of the turn of the millennium when the first seeds of Christianity began to be sewn into the Viking culture. In 995, King Olav Tryggvasson constructed the first church on Norwegian soil. He survived being gravely injured in battle, and then returned to Norway where he attempted to introduce Christianity to the region. He might have been amongst the first Viking converts to the religion. In the year 1000, Christianity officially arrived in Iceland and Greenland when a chieftain known as King Olav took it upon himself to try and proselytize and convert fellow chieftains. He imposed trade embargoes upon those who refused to convert.

Christianity was one of the major issues that affected the development of the Viking way of life and way of thinking. A king named Haakon the Good attempted to spread Christianity to the mainland Viking community after his experiences in England, but he was unable to make much headway. King Harald Greycloak attempted to force the Vikings to acknowledge the Christian God by destroying all Viking pagan temples, but he encountered strong resistance from the people and communities that he tried to convert.

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The Beginning of the Raids.

The Viking period is supposed to have begun during the reign of Germanic warlords and barbarians in Europe, and around 200 to 300 years after the fall of the Roman Empire.

After hundreds of years of Roman control, the globe had altered dramatically at this point. 

Beginning in the year 793, bands of warriors began to migrate south, leaving their ancestral lands in what is now known as Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and the surrounding areas.

Following what is now known as the “Germanic Iron Age,” individuals from the Nordic regions, known as Norsemen, used rivers throughout Europe to promote commerce, transit, raids, and conquest.

It was the latter of these acts for which they would become most famous.

Much of what is known about the Viking Age is based on what ancient historians and specialists on ancient civilizations wrote down during and after this time. 

What we learn from these documents is dependent on who wrote down these people’s stories.

If you simply study the Viking records they created, as well as the records of the people they assaulted and ravaged, you’ll get a skewed picture.

Everyone has a unique perspective on events. The truth about this period can only be truly comprehended via a comprehensive view of events.

Although the all-encompassing phrase “Vikings magnat” appears to put them all into a single ethical or racial category, the Vikings were not one united group of people.

The fact is that they were a conglomeration of minor ethnic groups from several Scandinavian nations such as Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and others.

However, Vikings did not simply originate from Scandinavia.

There are historical records of many more types of Vikings, including individuals from Finland, Estonia, and Lapland, as well as the Russian Kola peninsula.

Let us have a look at where these distinct communities moved after leaving their homelands in these areas.

Keep in mind that some areas were not given their contemporary names until much later. 

The Danes set off from Denmark and went immediately west along the North Sea to the coast of France.

They arrived in Spain, launched excursions into the Mediterranean, and even invaded Luna, a tiny province in Italy, believing it to be the capital of the Roman Empire.

The Swedes sailed north to the Baltic Sea and created the Kievan Russian state, as well as to the realm of the Byzantine empire and further afield, in the Orient itself. 

The Norwegians traveled westward, toward British territory, Scottish territories, and Ireland. 

In 841, Dublin was established as a slave trafficking center. 

Overall, these men and women moved throughout a large portion of the known world, taking whatever they wanted, whenever they needed it.

Apart from commerce, these individuals had nothing in common and definitely did not show a unified front.

In reality, they frequently battled for scant territory, prizes, and resources.

However, in the view of the people they assaulted and conquered, the Vikings were one.

They were a bunch that everyone dreaded. They had mastered the technique of shipbuilding and sail-making by seeing what the Romans did during their empire’s reign many years previously.

Around 300 to 400 AD, Celtic and Germanic merchants met with Romans and studied their technologies. It was the Romans’ influence that inspired the Vikings to strive to build their own armada many years later. 

Modern-day discoveries show that the Vikings and their descendants had a long-standing interest in sea-related technologies. Their ancestors’ actions may be traced back many thousands of years before the Vikings even existed, as shown by rock engravings dating from 4000-2000 BC.

It should be noted that commerce between the European mainland and Germanic or barbarian traders has existed since Roman times. 

Furs, whetstones, and other resources were always traded between the two clans. 

Of course, this attracted would-be pirates to European coasts and the promise of new and rich territory.

They regarded the region they came across as fertile ground for the creation of a new civilization.

Further Expansion.

Small assaults on British monasteries began in 791 AD because they were generally isolated and unguarded. 

Furthermore, these monasteries frequently housed significant sums of money or gold. 

One of the most notable of these raids occurred in 793 in Lindisfarne. The monastery at Lindisfarne was regarded as the heart of Christianity in Northumbria. However, it was not the first raid against British possessions in the British Isles.

Three Viking vessels emerged off the coast of Wessex in 787, going south from a region named ‘Horthaland,’ which is now known as modern-day Norway. 

The folks on the Wessex coast at the time thought these ships to be willing to engage in peaceful commerce, but they were greatly misled. 

In the 790s, other attacks took place at the monastery of Iona in Scotland, Jarrow in Northumbria, and numerous places off the coast of Ireland.

The Vikings killed everyone they came across.

Their goal was to collect as much plunder as possible before returning to their ships. 

They frequently burnt down the structures they came into touch with, including churches.

This is recounted in the Lindisfarne raid story. Many more churches around the British coast were also destroyed. 

During the early years of the Vikings’ reign of terror, this was the pattern of their attacks.

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