Stomping on Stereotypes


All too often we see Vikings portrayed as mindless brutes, jumping off boats and thrashing their way through villages with mindless savagery….but lets stop and think for a moment about the peoples the Romans referred to as Barbarians.

They were physically fit, intelligent, clean, believed in male/female equality and were well groomed.

They had their own language system, writing system and traded with people across the globe, thereby expanding their understanding of foreign languages.

They weren’t godless heathens – they had gods and goddesses of their own. The Allfather, Odin, also referred to as The One; Baldur, the handsome healer and protector of humans, son of Odin; Vili and Ve, co-creators of the Northern Peoples, Odin’s brothers who he banished when they tried to seduce his wife; Thor, the sun of an Earth Giant and Odin, ruler of the Middle World (Earth); Hel, daughter of Loki, Odin’s adopted son, ruler of the realm of the dead; and the list goes on.

They were skilled farmers, carpenters, metal workers, leather workers, with a knowledge of harnessing wind and water energy.

The All Thing in Iceland, the remains of which are visitable today, was an ancient, democratic gathering place for all residents to voice their concerns and make decisions.
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  1. Great post! The Vikings helped to spread the idea of commerce in western Europe after doing business with the wealthy Arab Caliphate. Arab merchants in Russia used silver coins to buy goods from the Vikings which they then circulated throughout western European countries that were gold and silver poor.

    This changed the way Western commerce was conducted forever. Many Old Norse words found their way into the English language, that are directly attributable to the Vikings; ado, anger, awkward, blunder, bylaw, cake, dirt, egg, fog, gang, haggle – to name just a few.

    Around 930,000 descendents of warrior race exist today – despite the Norse warriors’ British rule ending more than 900 years ago. (The Viking DNA Project, University of Leicester

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