Things You Never Knew About Vikings...

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  1. Airbornemama

    Airbornemama Mama Loves You All Out There!

    Nov 27, 2016
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    If you think you know everything when it comes to the Vikings, then you need to think again! This group of warriors was so much more than just the bearded barbarians the media has made them out to be. Get ready to have your horn-helmeted mind blown...

    Having a Viking buddy would be cool, but you probably wouldn’t want to be stuck on a subway with a bunch of these sweaty savages, right? The mere thought of that collective musk is enough to give you watery eyes. However, the dirty Viking rumor isn’t all that true.
    Although film and television often depict Vikings as perspiring, muddied brutes, these seafarers took grooming and hygiene very seriously. Many diverse tools used for hygiene have been discovered, and are believed to have been used by both male and female Vikings. These tools included things like razors, combs, and ear swabs...

    you’ve gone to any renaissance festival or Halloween party dressed as a Viking, I hate to break it to you — but your costume was probably wildly inaccurate! In modern culture, one of the most recognizable features of a Viking involves these men wearing helmets with two horns.
    However, there is absolutely no evidence that the Vikings ever wore helmets with horns. One likely theory states that contemporary Christians spread this rumor to make Vikings seem more satanic. Talk about rude!

    Have you heard of Harald Bluetooth? Jim Kardach has. He’s the guy at Intel who invented Bluetooth technology. He named it after one of his favorite stories out of Viking mythology.
    Harald Bluetooth was a Viking king of Denmark many centuries ago. Unlike other kings, Harald managed to bring different Viking tribes together. Since Kardach considered the new technology to be all about uniting, he decided to name his invention Bluetooth. Even better? The Bluetooth symbol blends the Nordic runes for ‘B’ and ‘H’, the initials of Harald Bluetooth. Can’t tell us you knew that!

    When you look at popular culture, you’ll see that the Vikings heavily influenced a lot of trends. Some of their ways are still recognized today with their rich stories of heroes and gods, providing a basis for some of the most revered comics and movie franchises today.
    Odin, Thor, Loki, Freyja, and so many more characters in Marvel were derived from actual gods in the Norse pantheon. Not only did they influence modern-day comics, they may also have had a hand at the days of the week. Thursday (Thor’s day), Wednesday (Woden/Odin’s day), Friday (Freyja’s day) just to mention a few.

    Every year, we celebrate Columbus Day to commemorate the day that Christopher Columus discovered America 1492. The only problem? Columbus never actually discovered America! Enter Leif Erikson.
    Leif Erikson’s father did a lot of his own traveling, and at one point he managed to travel from Iceland to Canada. He encouraged his son to also explore new lands, which led to Leif’s discovery of America. But Leif didn’t conquer the Native Americans, which kept his name out of history books. In the end, Columbus was given the credit.

    Despite their great hygiene habits, the Vikings had a less-than-sanitary way to start fires. Using fungus and urine, the Vikings were able to start fires, proving that these formidable seafarers were also really great when it comes to recycling.
    Urine contains sodium nitrate, which was the critical component in Viking fires. Rather than start crackling fires with licking flames that would need to be contained to one location, the sodium nitrate in urine kept the fires at a smolder. This allowed the Vikings to carry their sources of heat with them as they traveled. Very cool …and very gross...
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    Airbornemama Mama Loves You All Out There!

    Nov 27, 2016
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    Popular culture often depicts Vikings with platinum locks, and that’s one thing they actually got right about these amazing people. For some reason, Vikings really loved the blonde look. However, not every Viking was born a natural blonde. What to do?
    Because fair hair was held in high regard, those that weren’t born with it took matters into their own hands. To bleach their hair, they would use their very own handcrafted soap made from lye. A Viking barbershop would have been a sight to see!

    One of the few dark sides of the Vikings you’ll see involves practices with their children. If a Viking had a child that was weak or ill, they could choose not to parent it anymore.
    This often led to neglect, abandonment or even death. Viking children essentially had to prove themselves physically and mentally capable of being useful or ready for battle. It wasn’t easy being a kid—either you were prepped for serious responsibilities, or you were abandoned. We pick option C.

    They say that beauty is pain, and apparently, that came from the Vikings. In 2009, archaeologists from Oxford University discovered the graves of Viking warriors containing decapitated skulls that showed signs of filings etched into the Vikings’ teeth.
    The purpose of said filings isn’t clear, and archaeologists can only guess it was done as a source of intimidation or a sign of status. Basically, the Vikings created the first version of grills, and we’re happy to see that the design has improved since then.

    If you thought that Viking men had all of the power and persuasion, you are mistaken! In fact, women were more than capable of advancing in the ranks.
    Findings published in the American Journal of Anthropology detailed that remains found in Birka, Sweden, were that of a 30-year-old female Viking of extremely high status and power. The really exciting thing about these findings is that they offer proof that women were extremely independent and battled just as hard as their male counterparts.

    The girl power keeps flowing! Viking women were allowed to peace out on their marriages if they chose, and it didn’t even have to be for some grave reason. Women could even choose to walk away from marriage because of too much chest hair!
    Not only that, but a divorce would require the husband to pay alimony. Keep in mind that Viking women were forced into arranged marriages between the ages of 12 and 13, so it seems very fair that they could make this decision. Vikings for the win!

    The Vikings knew how to fight, but they also valued play. Although they usually took part in a form of skiing as a way to hunt more easily, it’s thought that they were one of the first people to partake in these activities as a form of fun.
    The Vikings took their skiing very, very seriously. So seriously in fact, that they actually worshipped a God of skiing, known as Ullr. According to Norse mythology, this God was all about outdoor activities.

    Forget raiding and pillaging — game nights were a big thing in Viking culture. We’re not talking Twister or Fortnite, but they definitely had their fun. One board game that was extremely popular was called Hnefatafl.
    On a four-cornered board, pieces are placed to be the king and his defenders, as well as soldiers trying to overthrow the king. The objective is to get to one corner of the board if you’re the king and to capture the king if you’re an attacker.

    It’s true! It turns out that the Vikings were an inspiration for the iconic book series and movies. J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by the story of Andvari’s Ring, which is a Norse legend that revolves around a ring that will curse anyone who wears...
    The legend takes place in a universe known as Midgard. Midgard also means “Middle-Earth,” so it’s clear where the inspiration for the entire world that makes up The Lord of the Rings franchise came from.
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    Airbornemama Mama Loves You All Out There!

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    This list is all about busting myths about the Vikings, so it’s nice to know that along with being progressive, well-groomed and handy, they didn’t actually perform an execution called the “Blood Eagle”.
    This made-up Viking punishment was said to involve opening the back of a person and cracking each rib one by one. The Vikings would then apparently pour salt into the victim’s wounds and leave them to die. We’re pretty glad this one is a rumor.

    When a Viking started going crazy, it was believed they were being taken hold of by an otherworldly power. The power would provoke a fury so great, it was as if it had been spurred by some omnipresent power.
    Scholars believe that this rage was caused by substances like mushroom alcohol, which made the warriors hallucinate. It is also possible that these hysterics were the product of post-traumatic stress disorder. Either way, if your Viking friend started losing it, it was best to just scoot over a few campfires.

    Vikings would consume “magic mushrooms” in order to alter their consciousness in a way that would lead to hallucinations. Theoretically, these hallucinations prompted Vikings to mindlessly butcher anyone who got in their way during battle.
    Of course, you’ve learned now that there were plenty of misconceptions when it comes to the Vikings and that going berserk could have also been a product of PTSD, a devastating disorder that can easily develop during and after times of war. Unfortunately, diagnoses and mental health treatments weren’t exactly plentiful during the fifth century.

    After returning scathed — but alive — after battle, Viking women would feed warriors a hearty soup that consisted of onions, leeks and herbs. Sound delicious, and it probably was but what happened after the feeding wasn’t so appetizing.
    After their wounded warrior consumed the soup, the women would smell the wound to see if they could smell the broth. If they could, that meant that the wound was far too deep and far too serious to treat. The smell of onions usually meant death.

    Vikings loved their weaponry, and part of that love was evident in how decorative they were. When it came to their swords, shields, ships, and even everyday items, they enjoyed be-dazzling them with all sort of jewels and trinkets.
    A Viking in modern times would most definitely have a booth at the Renaissance Festival and YES you would spend too much money there. Vikings had a penchant for animals and would often create art that depicted things like horses, snakes, wolves, as well as fantastical animals of mythology.

    I hate to break it to you, but the Vikings did not drink from the skulls of their enemies. To further ruin your day, the cups they did drink out of did not contain the blood of their enemies, either. Well, great.
    How do we know? Excavations have never uncovered anything indicating that Vikings drank out of skulls. However, it has been found that Vikings drank from the horns of cattle — that’s kind of cool, right? Aside from horns, they also drank from boring old wooden and metal cups. LAME.

    It would be cool to learn that the Vikings went out in a blaze of bloody glory; however, that wasn’t quite the case. In fact, the Vikings went quietly into the night, without putting up much of a fuss.
    So, what happened? Well, more and more Scandinavians were subscribing to Catholic Christianity and the Catholic Church banned violence between Christians. Other Vikings settled in places like Normandy and Russia, where they were forced to pledge allegiance to the kings and rulers of their new residence.
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    Aug 14, 2018
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    Airbornemama Mama Loves You All Out There!

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    Thank you so very much hun, im glad you enjoyed it! ;)
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  6. Gorelady73

    Gorelady73 Death Addict

    Aug 8, 2018
    @Airbornemama wow wow wow. Thank you so damn much this was a fascinating read. My husband has Viking in his blood and we are Norse pagan. Of course most I knew, but some I didn't like the divorce for an example. (idea lol)
    You always impress with your posts but you outdone yourself here. You work very hard for our enjoyment. :rock:
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    Airbornemama Mama Loves You All Out There!

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    Awe...Thank you so very much! How cool to know your hubbys heritage goes back to the Vikings, thats pretty damn cool! And anytime you think of or have a subject you would like me to do please just ask! I will get right on it!;)
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  8. CrimsonKat

    CrimsonKat Drawing Blood

    May 19, 2018
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    Great read and informative
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    Aug 19, 2018
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    Very informative and interesting post Mama!
    Thanks for another excellent read!
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    There was a viking smith that made the Ulfberht sword in the 9th century, that was superior to most other blades of the time, ..even the damascus swords were no match.....the art of making this kind of sword was lost,..,.,
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    Today there are a few blacksmiths like Rick Furrer who are working on re-discovering the lost art of Ulfberht viking swords,..,.,.
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    Very informative...... Hail Odin!!!!!

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    Hey with the blood eagle after they cracked or removed the ribs didnt they also take out the lungs?
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    wreckrunner Drawing Blood

    Jan 20, 2018
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    Great post as usual! I come from England and it is amazing how much the Viking and Danelaw still influence our town and city names and every day language. If ever you are in York, or Jorvik as the Vikings called it, it really is a must to visit the Jorvik Centre, this is a Viking site discovered whilst creating the foundations for the Coppergate Centre, a shopping development, which has been recreated as a guided tour through the settlement, including realistic noises and smells. Yes, you get to see a Viking taking a dump behind a wattle fence, then in the museum itself is the actual Viking turd that inspired the display! Many of the streets in modern York bear Viking names, Skeldergate for example.
    As a side note, I have been watching the series Norsemen on Netflix, Absolutely hilarious and worth watching!
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