The Vikings

Who were the Mighty Vikings? Did they all look like Chris Hemsworth and Jaimie Alexander?

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 The word Viking comes from a Scandinavian term meaning' pirate.'

 

Genetic studies also show that the legend of the blue eyes blond was not accurate, as many had brown hair and darker eyes influenced by genetic influx from the outside of Scandinavia.

 

The word Scandinavia didn't exist during the Viking' age. The Vikings from what is now Norway traveled to Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, and Greenland. The Vikings from what is now Denmark traveled to England. And Vikings from what is now Sweden went to the Baltic countries on their all male' raiding parties.

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Forget also about the horns on their helmets, does are fiction for the most part. First of because, how practical would that be? As for your bike helmet, those were designed to protect the head, not to charge enemies like a raging bull. 

What would be the point of invading if it is to kill everyone on your path?

 

The Vikings were fantastic seamen, sailing the world without a compass, or at the least the type we know. The thing is, they were mainly traders. The Viking Age lasted from about 1750 to 1150. Most of the literature about them, was written in the 1300s, and by Christian people! Not exactly a source to be trusted. But like for every tale, there are parts of the truth mixed with a bunch of exaggeration.

If the Vikings' goal had been to invade and colonize, like later for the Spaniards, British, French, and so on, they would have relatively no problems doing so.

 

Unlike the primitive Europeans, they were united, trained, and well-fed!  No, they wanted to join in, farms land, develop trading posts. That's what they did. They even adopted the Christian faith! One Viking, Cnut the Great, even became the King of England. 

They did influence our culture in many more ways than they have been credited for. Of course, what takes center place is their mythology, part terrifying and sexually charged. But they were also highly resourceful and knew how to make the best of their environment without ruining it.

 

Their Scandinavian descendants are still a shining example of living within the respect of your surrounding. 

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What were they wearing? 

Their primary source of material was local such as wool, leather, flax. Due to the weather's temperate climate, they layered a lot. Clothes were first practical. Along with their multiple expeditions, they brought back more elaborated garments, fabrics, and ornaments. The dyes they produced were red, yellow, blue, browns and were mainly used for trims and such. 

We will start with the ladies. After all, they were the ones making the clothes for the family! 

Estrid is the new wife of Birger, a wealthy shipbuilder. She must look good while being a great wife. She has no child, but Birger has one young son from his previous late wife. Thankfully, Estrid has the help of Gertrud, her husband's mother.

 

Gertrud had already worked on the new step-daughter wardrobe. First, she needed a few nice linen under-dresses. Undergarments were easy to clean and protected the garments while making them more comfortable.