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What did the Vikings really look like ?


Posted on Sunday, 12 August, 2012 | Comment icon 19 comments


Image credit: Jason Vanderhill

 
How true to the stereotypical Viking were the actual Nordic warriors of Scandinavian ancestry ?

Vikings in films and comics are often depicted as rough, unkempt warriors specializing in unparalleled physical strength and brutality. In truth however the accuracy of the stereotypical Viking leaves a lot to be desired. Far from being uncivilized and dirty the Vikings are thought to have been meticulous about cleanliness, sporting well groomed hair and beards.

Another common misconception is that the Vikings wore horned helmets, but in reality such helmets would have been unpractical during a fight. It wasn't until Vikings wearing horned helmets were featured in a 19th century Wagner opera that this stereotypical headgear became commonplace in depictions of our Scandinavian ancestors.

"Researchers can make estimates about a Viking’s social standing based on the weapons he brought to his grave."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by The Mule on 12 August, 2012, 18:41
What I want to know is why the Vikings in the American Express commercials speak with British Accents....
Comment icon #11 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 12 August, 2012, 20:57
Funny you should say that in the film they have american accents. lol
Comment icon #12 Posted by terrible on 12 August, 2012, 22:29
Truth is always the first fact to disappear.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Valkyria on 12 August, 2012, 23:51
I'm just grateful that Vikings are my ancestors and that we share a bloodline. Well the Swede and Dane Vikings :-) It gives me something to tell my future grandkids.
Comment icon #14 Posted by csspwns on 13 August, 2012, 2:56
i'll kill yur men and take yur women mwahahaha!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Anthropus on 13 August, 2012, 9:08
They were actualy Pirates!May be clean Pirates!
Comment icon #16 Posted by praetorian-legio XIII on 13 August, 2012, 18:11
Hey Mule, I think your referring to the american express Goths, which is even weirder as the goths were a germanic tribe.
Comment icon #17 Posted by wolfknight on 13 August, 2012, 18:22
The Viking were also some of the greatest explorers in their time. The did alot of trading with another cultures.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Ryegrog on 14 August, 2012, 2:49
Did the Vikings actually discover America first rather then Columbus? I thought Leif Erickson landed in Nova Scotia.


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