Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Still Waters

Were the Vikings really so bloodthirsty?

2 posts in this topic

The Viking story has fascinated people for centuries. But as a major exhibition opens at the British Museum, have people got them all wrong?

The longships arrived on 8 June. The monks at Lindisfarne didn't know it then - the year was 793 - but it was the beginning of 300 years of bloody Viking raids on England.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...gazine-26431858

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't think they were much more bloodthirsty than other cultures.. what made them seem so, was their mobilty... Most other "raider" cultures went over land, and the 'raidees'

generally had some warning (the next town over going up in flames, etc)... The Norse/Danes (remember that "Viking" was an action- not a people) had those marvellous ships

that could as easily go up a river as across the North Sea... Made it darned hard to get any warning of their arrival...

Also the Norse had a custom when first arriving in a strage area.. They weren't sure if the people they were meeting were people - or demons (what ever word they used for it anyway)

and so they tended to kill the first person they met, to make sure they were dealing with humans... Makes no sense to us, but perfect sense to them...

They weren't always raiding (or on a Viking) as often as not they were on trading missions... They were master traders...

The life of an ordinary person back then was described as "Nasty, Brutish and Short" and it is a fair description of the times...

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.