Although Scandinavia was where the Vikings resided, their lives were quite busy due to which they explored different parts of the world.
These Norse warriors were capable of doing a variety of things like colonizing, trading, exploring, and even looting. When they were alive, their mere presence instilled fear everywhere, especially the some parts of Middle East and Europe.
The extent of their influence was widely spread which is why it is not a far stretch to imagine that their notoriety still makes an impact to this day.
Most of us know about Vikings through movies and television shows. These depictions in pop culture have only made these Scandinavian raiders more popular.
However, as it is true with most historical depictions, most films and T.V shows either add their own twist to something or leave some important information out.
So, although a lot of people might claim that they know about the Viking era, there is a lot that they might not know too. With so many legends and myths surrounding the period when the Vikings were alive, it can get tough to separate fact from fiction.
So Who Were The Vikings
The Vikings were Scandinavian raiders who terrorized a major part of coastal Europe for centuries during the Viking Age. As we were discussing earlier, Vikings have been a part of numerous fancy representations as of late.
Although quite specific in most cases – some of these representations are accurate while the others aren’t.
One thing is for certain though – the stories that talk about Viking brutality are horrifyingly true, however, their culture had far more nuances than one would imagine.
Were they well-kept or unclean? Were the horned helmets actually real? A lot of what we are aware about Viking culture was either fabricated by people long after the Viking Age’s end or written by people who the Vikings were defeating.
But, if you look beneath all the misconceptions surrounding the Vikings, they are still as fascinating as one would imagine.
Another fact that is undeniable about them is – they are considered to be among the most dangerous warriors in the history of Europe.
Vikings solidified their villain status during an event that occurred somewhere around 793 AD. In this event, a large group of these Scandinavian warriors raided the Northeast coast in England and destroyed its abbey in brutal fashion.
A renowned English scholar who went by the name Alcuin of York witnessed this and claimed that this was the worst atrocity he had ever seen.
However, this was just the first time that people witnessed what these Vikings were capable of. This was just their introduction and a way of letting everyone know that they had marked their territory.