04 May What You Should Know About Viking Heritage
Know About Viking Heritage
I wanted to know about Viking heritage and understand if they were present in medieval Finland. This research let me conclude that they were present in Finland put perhaps not the way I thought they were. Listen to my Viking Heritage episode to hear the rest.
Who Were the Vikings?
What Did the Vikings do?
Vikings explored the world. They raided more wealthy countries. Vikings took women, tools, precious metals, and trade their lootings for spices and silk. They were modern-day pirates. But for the main parts, they were farmers which might be surprising to know.
What is the Viking Heritage?
Design on jewelry
What Vikings Left for Us?
The Viking ships were an important part of the culture for the Vikings. Ships were part of the burial rituals for chief warriors as well. There are few Viking ships that preserved today and give signs of how Vikings used to live. There are few examples that are well preserved in museums in Scandinavia. The ship making is part of the Nordic heritage and can be seen in today’s ship designs as well
The Viking DNA
What Viking Heritage is Incorrect?
- Helmet horns did not exist. The helmets were from hard leather for the warriors and metal ones for the chief warriors. There were no horns on them. This is something that popular culture has included.
- Vikings did not call themselves Vikings. They were known as Ostmen amongst themselves. People from other areas called them Norsemen or Viking which means piracy.
- There is no proof that Vikings used skulls to drink wine. There is no evidence that Vikings were as barbaric as movies make them to look like. As I said before they were farmers mostly and explored the world around them for trade.
- Vikings were actually very hygienic. All the evidence on burial sites and rune stones show that hygiene was important. So no smelly Vikings, hygiene was practiced and important to them.
So Were Finns Vikings or Pheasants?
Well, Vikings were known to raid the northern part of Finland. There are Viking runes confirming this. Vikings did do some trade with Finns who were more farmers and hunters at the time.
There was a confirmed Viking settlement in Aland Island by the Vikings in the late 1000’s. However, there is still debate whether Finns were part of the Viking Heritage or not. I would love to think yes the settlement in Aland Island was part of Viking and that we had a role to place at it.
If you want to learn more about Vikings I recommend these podcasts and websites.
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