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Vikings (Old English: wicing—"pirate", Danish and Bokmål: vikinger; Swedish and Nynorsk: vikingar; Icelandic: víkingar, from Old Norse) were Norse seafarers, mainly speaking the Old Norse language, who raided and traded from their Northern European homelands across wide areas of northern, central, eastern and western Europe, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries. The term is also commonly extended in modern English and other vernaculars to the inhabitants of Viking home communities during what has become known as the Viking Age. This period of Nordic military, mercantile and demographic expansion constitutes an important element in the early medieval history of Scandinavia, Estonia, the British Isles, France, Kievan Rus' and Sicily.

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Females rule!

We should go back to this time period immediately!!

Contributed by Kindle Rickman

Link between Vikings and Islamic Civilizations

This engraved ring found in a female Viking's grave has been scanned with an electron microscope. The distinctly colored glass, rare for the time, is engraved with ancient Arabic script that reads "for Allah" or "to Allah," creating a link between the Viking and Islamic civilizations.

Contributed by Katlyn Powers

Viking Jewelry

These pieces belonged to the family of the Danish King, Harald Gormsson. Gormsson was better known as "Bluetooth" and died around 980.

Contributed by Katlyn Powers

11 Examples of Viking Graffiti


Contributed by Rachel Peterson

The religion of the norsemen or vikings was primarily based around appeasing to gods of the many expectations of the mortals. Each man woman and child would pray for guidance and strength from his or her god of choice. For those who wished for guidance in the form of wisdom as well as victory in battle would pray to Odin God of Gods, the "all father". It is said that Odin above all else desired the power of knowledge. He went to the Norns the fait weavers who resided under the world tree Yggdrasil to seek the Well of Souls. There he struck a deal with the Norns. For one of his eyes he was granted a sip from the well and with that he was able to see those events across the nine realms to events close and those that had not yet come to pass. It was said that Odin would come to Midguard by way of the rainbow bridge and would be seen by mortals as an old man hooded and cloaked with a raven perched on his right shoulder. He would roam the lands of Midguard impregnating mortal women witch is why many great warriors would claim to be able to trace there linage back to Odin himself. Now that All Father could see the future he was cursed with the knowledge of his own death. It would come at the end of days in the great battle. Every night Odin retired the the great halls of Valhalla to feast with the brave fallen warriors of the nine realms so that they would fight alongside him when the great battle of Ragnrok was upon them. For there Odin had seen his death. He saw that he would fall by the jaws of the great wolf Fenrir. His greatest sadness was that of the knowledge that Odin's second son The sly god Loki Would be to one to bring Ragnrok upon them all.

Contributed by Sam Koontz

Not much is known for certain about the clothing of the peoples we today group together as Vikings. Those people among them who could write, an extreme minority among the whole, as in all of the world at the time, did not bother writing anything but the most important events, leaving very scant written record of their clothing. Because clothing was primarily made of highly biodegradable organic materials, not much has been left for archaeologists to find. Despite this, while evidence is only fragmentary, those fragments have been put together to make a sufficiently accurate whole. This webpage attempts to collect many pictures, and large amounts of information about what has been found, and is known. It's very useful for reference purposes.

Contributed by Sean Gay

So, the Vikings are kind of metrosexuals?

Contributed by Conrado Mario Mota

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