5 curiosities you did not know about the Vikings

There are numerous movies and series that tell us about their adventures, wars and exploits, and there are many people who, although they are not clear about their true history, imagine them as strong blond barbarians with multiple gods to praise and eager to conquer! ! We present you the curiosities that you did not know about vikings.

Although that is the image that Hollywood has made us imagine, if so much has been written about this community, it is because they were very important in history and that is why below we tell you some information about four aspects of their life that perhaps you did not know .

You are about to discover some things that are not shown in the movies and that few books mention, so read carefully and enjoy the interesting history of the Germanic settlements that we know with this name that in the Nordic etymology means robber or pirate.

  1. Their culture, customs and identity

Although that is the image we have, the truth is that not all Vikings were fierce warriors and great navigators, because not all were always thirsty for blood or dedicated body and soul to fight (Which is why not all the members of these villages should be called by the same name).

Many were farmers and ranchers and appreciated their work on the farms, which they maintained with a lot of work. Also, they were not as dirty and hairy as we have been led to believe, on the contrary, they used combs, combs, razor blades and even ear cleaners made from animal bones.

  1. His conquests

Those who did sail but spent many hours at sea and although they discovered and conquered multiple lands, not all were victories and successes. It is known that on one occasion, planning a foray into the Mediterranean, They planned to attack Rome and instead ravaged a city called Luna. They saw it so rich and luxurious that they thought it could not be other than Rome itself but nevertheless they were in a mistake that they later realized.

Even so, as we have said, they did make incursions and interesting discoveries, such as their arrival in the New World, which occurred about 500 years before Christopher Columbus and the important settlements that they developed in European cities that have reached the present day, such as Dublin, Cork or Limerick.

  1. Your religion and beliefs

Among the curiosities that you did not know about the Vikings, it stands out that the pagan religion of the Vikings had a multitude of gods (divided into the Æsir clan and the Vanir clan) and had multiple mythological stories that they always had in mind both in their battles and in the time they spent caring for and maintaining their villages.

Among their beliefs, for example, it is known that they thought that if they died in battle they would be chosen to join Odin in the halls of Valhalla while they waited and prepared for the arrival of the Ragnaraök.

In another vein, it is also known that they had beliefs about the origin of the world, which is explained in the legend of Midgard. In this, it is said that the beginning of time, everything was jungle and desert and that the Nordic gods, like pioneers, cleared the land, creating space for both them and humans to live.

  1. Your favorite hobbies

Although they loved to fight and go out to explore and conquer other lands, the Vikings also had a lot of free time and of course they knew how to have fun.

A curious fact is that the Scandinavians were fond of games and sports such as Knattleik (an activity similar to hockey that they practiced with a ball and sticks). In addition, they also practiced wrestling, stone lifting, knife throwing, horse fighting and even mountaineering.

We even know that Vikings skied because various simple skis have been found that were invented by the Scandinavians more than 6,000 years ago.

5. The role of Viking women

How in many periods of history, conceiving a girl was not a dish of good taste for the Vikings. Apparently, on many occasions if the first child of a couple was a girl, she was left in the forest to die and so that the mother would not have to raise her, which accelerated a new pregnancy that was expected to produce a boy.

Even so, the role that adult women played (the life expectancy of women was approximately 35 years due to complications in childbirth) is very interesting, and it is that although there is no convincing evidence that women participated directly into fighting and raids. For this reason they played a fundamental role in the settlements and in the creation of new societies.

Furthermore, contrary to what one might think, the rights of Nordic women, when they married, were best in viking society than in other parts of Europe or in later times.

They were the holders of the keys to the main house and when the husband was not there they were in charge of both the slaves and the property; We even know that they had the right to divorce for various reasons and that like men, they could inherit and own property.


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