Runes and Rhinestones

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Vikings!

on October 19, 2012

So I do Viking studies at Nottingham. It wasn’t my first choice at university, or even actually my second, but it’s been the best thing I’ve done academically.

Vikings never wore horned helmets. We have no evidence for horned helmets from the Viking age – be that archaeological, pictoral, factual or fictional written remains. It came from many different sources, popularised in the Romantic period Vikings were sexy sexy beasts, but often mixed up with Celts and other Germanic tribes. Sorry if I ruined your day with that one, but Vikings NEVER EVER in a month of Sundays wore horned helmets. Apart from anything else they’d be really impractical in battle!

Vikings weren’t just big, blond, beardy men – sounds a lot like Hairy though! “Viking” was a term that could apply to anyone who wanted to pitch in a bit of money to buy a ship and go raiding. Vikings could have included people from all over Europe – they certainly traded all over the continent, and there is some evidence that they got to North America.

Honestly, Vikings weren’t the primitive barbarians that they’ve been painted as. Anglo-Saxon women preferred Vikings because they actually washed, whereas Anglo-Saxon men just got rained on. Women could get divorced with sufficient grounds, even if that was just that he was not good enough in bed!

That said, Vikings weren’t all that lovely either. They lived in a brutal world, where everyone was as mean as the next person. We know most of what we know from the people that Vikings attacked, so always take it with a pinch of salt because they were mostly likely rather hacked off at being raided.

Even more complicated: should “Viking” be used as an ethnic label to cover people from three different countries? Does that mean you are still viking when you settle in a different country?

I’m trying to find the women in the Viking raids, so wish me luck lovely people.

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9 responses to “Vikings!

  1. ambergravitt says:

    Ha! “…Anglo-Saxon men just got rained on.” Sounds like a lot of Anglo-Saxon men I know! 🙂

  2. missclamshell says:

    Sounds really interesting — i miss academia!

  3. missclamshell says:

    Truth, btw, i’m watching snow white and the huntsman and am laughing b/c i imagine you would have a FIELD day with these types of movies.

    • You bet I would! I’m not even going to go there 🙂 I’ve stopped watching rom-coms because they annoy me too much 😀

      • missclamshell says:

        Yeah I’ve kind of out rom-comed my self. No longer interested in manic pixie dream girl characters, mopey eyed male characters, or crazy girls looking to be rescued. It’s all too sad. Except for anything made with Julia Roberts is still campy enough to be acceptable.

  4. I’ve become so annoyed by the female characters who can’t be anything unless they’re attached to a man! Plus the story lines are way too predictable and I hate the sex scenes – nobody, but NOBODY has sex as wonderfully and gracefully as that!

  5. missclamshell says:

    Haha! You’re absolutely right — ick ick ick!

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