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Ragnar Lothbrok I

Viking 8 Min Read

RAGNAR LOTHBROK: Played by Travis Fimmel, Ragnar is the protagonist of the History Channel‘s historical drama television series Vikings that debuted in 2013. Ragnar Lothbrok was undoubtedly the most colorful member of Horik’s court. His surname Lothbrok means ‘hairy breeches’, a reference to a curious pair of hide leggings that he wore into battle and which, he claimed, offered him…

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Varangian Guard

An elite unit of household guards in the Byzantine Empire between the ninth and fourteenth centuries. In the latter part of the tenth century, the Byzantine emperor Basil II recruited a number of Varangians, reputedly Norse- men from Russia, as a personal bodyguard. The term Varangian comes from the Norse…

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Viking Invasions of Ireland

Ireland had known no invaders since prehistoric times. The Vikings, who arrived quite suddenly at the end of the eighth century, sent shock waves through a society in which Christianity had been left to organize itself, exercise its influence, and cultivate its artistic treasures largely undisturbed for more than three…

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Gokstad Ship

 By James Grout “So great, also, was the ornamentation of the ships, that the eyes of the beholders were dazzled, and to those looking from afar they seemed of flame rather than of wood. For if at any time the sun cast the splendour of its rays among them, the…

Sail Viking 8 Min Read

VIKING RAIDS

No one knows the reason for the Viking raids on the coastal areas of western Europe. They certainly took advantage of political instability and division in France, Britain and Ireland but such divisions were not new and in some ways the areas were stronger and better governed than they had…

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BUILDING OF A GREAT SHIP

A Viking anchor. Crude but effective, it consists of a large rock between a forked branch and is held in place by a wooden post. We have an account, dating from around 1200, of the building of a great ship by Olaf Tryggvason, king of Norway, near Trondheim in 998.…

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THE VIKING SHIP

The Viking ship was perfectly adapted to the needs of these hardy adventurers. Swift, with a draught shallow enough to enter rivers and creeks, it gave the Vikings the same advantage of mobility over their opponents and victims as the camels of the Bedouin and the ponies of the Turks…

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Dark Age Warfare

655 Battle of Winwaed: Penda of Mercia was defeated by Oswiu of Northumbria. Although the…

Varangian Guard

An elite unit of household guards in the Byzantine Empire between the ninth and fourteenth…

Vikings in the West

A map showing the areas where Viking raiders and their descendants commonly settled. The true…

Viking berserkers

Individual Viking warriors known during the eighth through eleventh centuries for their ferocity. A sixth-century…