HISTORY OF THE VIKINGS


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WHO WERE THE VIKINGS?

Small blurb introducing the Vikings, their relationship to popular culture, why they are so well known and revered, specially for terror. But what if many of those misconceptions and myths are just not true? Let’s explore further what we DO know about the Vikings from the wide range of archaeological, literary, pictorial, and oral sources we have for them.

We need to help the reader understand that the Vikings is a much more expansive term than they imagine. We can start to get into the definition that historians use in the present, and when that term came into our lexicon. We can also discuss the root of the word, and express then that if the word Viking is so recent, what did they call themselves or what did people of their time call them? Answers here.


Where Did the Vikings Come From?

Discuss here the landscape of Scandinavia, where the Viking homelands were, and what the landscape of Europe was like just before and right at the start of the Viking Age. Then logically, the next question arises: transition to next section

What Caused the “Viking Age”?

Discuss here what caused the Viking Age, were there many factors or just one? How did this impact Scandinavia, how did this impact Europe, and how did this impact the evolution of the Viking Age as a movement overall? When did it end, and why did it end?

Pullquote from a notable Norse work of literature

- The Example Saga

DAILY LIFE OF A VIKING

Intro blurb about what daily life was like for the Vikings. Brief overview of how since discussed above, the term “Viking” means a raider, then there are two things to unpack from this question. Does the asker really mean Viking, or do they mean someone in Norse society? Give examples of both warfare life, and domestic life. Interlinking.

What Was Viking Childhood Like?

Answer the question about how children grew up and the survivability of children past infancy. Then perhaps how they grew up with games, clothing, expectations on children, adoption, etc.

Young Adulthood in Viking Society

What was the transition like for children in Viking societies? Was there a definitive time that a boy became a man, and a girl became a woman? Were there rituals or ceremonies? What was then expected of them? When did they become apprentices or take on inheritance?

Industry, Trade & Technology in Viking Society

What types of technological innovations allowed the Vikings to live the lives they did? What tools did they use for crafting and farming and various trades? What was it like to be a merchant, and what were large towns like? Did they have trade guilds? How did people farm, fish, hunt, build boats, build houses, blacksmith, wood work, and more?

Viking Laws

What were the Viking legal systems like? What were the governing bodies, hierarchy of society, and how was the law of the land enforced? Were their regional municipalities that governed differently? Where did these laws come from and how were punishments carried out?

What Did the Vikings Eat?

Explain the food and drink culture, and how this may be tied to health and wellness. Perhaps there is also an opportunity here to discuss Viking sport and exercise.

What Did the Vikings Eat?

Explain the food and drink culture, and how this may be tied to health and wellness. Perhaps there is also an opportunity here to discuss Viking sport and exercise.

Pullquote from a notable Norse work of literature

- The Example Saga

VIKING CULTURE & RELIGION

Intro blurb about what daily life was like for the Vikings. Brief overview of how since discussed above, the term “Viking” means a raider, then there are two things to unpack from this question. Does the asker really mean Viking, or do they mean someone in Norse society? Give examples of both warfare life, and domestic life. Interlinking.

Viking Religion & Mythology

Viking mythology, religion, the nine worlds, what the Vikings actually believed, and most importantly the Viking symbols. How were runes related to all of this and what mystical powers did the Viking believe the runes held?

What Were Viking Sacrifices Like?

What were Viking sacrifices like, and what was the cost of these sacrifices? How much did the animals and materials cost, so how important might the sacrifices have been?

How did this relate to sacrifices for people who have died and were buried?

Did the Vikings Celebrate Holidays?

What holidays and seasons did the Vikings celebrate? How do we know this and do people still celebrate them today? What were the holiday rituals and celebrations like?

Viking Mystical Figures

Explain witches, seers, volvas, and wanderers. Tie in with Odin and the teachings of the Havamal. What can we understand about viking culture and social customs from how mystical figures were revered and treated?

Viking Mystical Figures

Explain witches, seers, volvas, and wanderers. Tie in with Odin and the teachings of the Havamal. What can we understand about viking culture and social customs from how mystical figures were revered and treated?

Pullquote from a notable Norse work of literature

- The Example Saga

WARFARE IN THE VIKING AGE

Intro blurb about what daily life was like for the Vikings. Brief overview of how since discussed above, the term “Viking” means a raider, then there are two things to unpack from this question. Does the asker really mean Viking, or do they mean someone in Norse society? Give examples of both warfare life, and domestic life. Interlinking.

Famous Viking Battles

Explain witches, seers, volvas, and wanderers. Tie in with Odin and the teachings of the Havamal. What can we understand about viking culture and social customs from how mystical figures were revered and treated?

Who Were the Most Famous Vikings?

Explain witches, seers, volvas, and wanderers. Tie in with Odin and the teachings of the Havamal. What can we understand about viking culture and social customs from how mystical figures were revered and treated?

How Did the Vikings Raid?

Explain witches, seers, volvas, and wanderers. Tie in with Odin and the teachings of the Havamal. What can we understand about viking culture and social customs from how mystical figures were revered and treated?

What Did the Vikings Have for Armor?

Explain witches, seers, volvas, and wanderers. Tie in with Odin and the teachings of the Havamal. What can we understand about viking culture and social customs from how mystical figures were revered and treated?

What Did the Vikings Use for Weapons?

Viking mythology, religion, the nine worlds, what the Vikings actually believed, and most importantly the Viking symbols. How were runes related to all of this and what mystical powers did the Viking believe the runes held?

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