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    Everyday Life in Viking Times

    When Vikings weren’t waging war in other countries, they were planting and harvesting their crops. They were primarily hunting, farming, and fishing people. Although they traded goods and services with Europe, most Norse people were subsistence farmers, which meant that whatever they grew, hunted, or killed, they used for themselves and their families. So given […] More

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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 […] More

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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 […] More

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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 […] More

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    TRAVEL back to the VIKING TIME!

    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 […] More

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    The Norse God: Thor

    The god of thunder, often seen as the hero of the common man, was the most worshiped god during the pre-Christian Scandinavian Era. He is associated with strength, the protection of mankind, and storms. The characteristics most valuable to the Norse people often surrounded Thor, like honor, loyalty, and the unshakeable sense of duty. It […] More

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    More Than Just Vikings

    Vikings were those who sailed the northern Atlantic seas to run raids or settle in new lands. The word Viking is technically the verb for “making a sea voyage” in the Old Norse language, so the Norsemen would “go Viking.”  The period is now 800 C.E. and the Norsemen have mastered shipbuilding in a way […] More

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    The Vikings Daily Life

    The Norsemen, as we call them today, were not connected to the name or function of Vikings when at home in their Nordic countries. If you had to be in that time, Norse or Viking would not be a word you understood or conceptualized the way we do in the modern world. You were a […] More

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    The Untold Stories of the Norsemen

    Norsemen is a term used for the Nordic people who lived in the North Atlantic region of what we know today as Scandinavia (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and later, Iceland). An Old Norse language was established based on Germanic and Indo-European origins before the Viking Age. Although basic agriculture collapsed by 550 C.E. and was only […] More

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    The Nine Realms of Norse Mythology – Niflheim and Muspelheim.

    According to Norse mythology, the cosmos is divided into nine realms. These comprised the cosmos and were inextricably linked to one another.  These included Niflheim, Muspelheim, Asgard, Midgard, Jotunheim, Vanaheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim, and Helheim. Each realm has different functions and characteristics that set it apart from the others. Each of these nine realms housed a […] More