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Biggest Viking exhibition in 20 years opens and this time they're angry
Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | Maev Kennedy

Posted on 06/23/2013 5:12:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

All around the hull of the longest Viking warship ever found there are swords and battle axes, many bearing the scars of long and bloody use, in an exhibition opening in Copenhagen that will smash decades of good public relations for the Vikings as mild-mannered traders and farmers...

The exhibition, simply called Viking, which will be opened at the National Museum by Queen Margrethe of Denmark on Thursday, and to the public on Saturday, will sail on to to London next year to launch the British Museum's new exhibition space.

In contrast to recent exhibitions, which have concentrated on the Vikings as brilliant seafarers, highly gifted wood- and metal-workers, and builders of towns including York and Dublin, this returns to the more traditional image of ferocious raiders, spreading terror wherever the shallow keels of the best and fastest ships in Europe could reach, armed with magnificent swords, spears, battleaxes and lozenge-shaped arrows. "The arrow shape did more damage," Pedersen explained, "the wounds were bigger and more difficult to heal than a straight-edged slit."...

A skull from a grave in Gotland bears the marks of many healed sword cuts, but also decorative parallel lines filed into the warrior's teeth, like those recently found on teeth from a pit of decapitated bodies in Dorset, in what must have been an excruciating display of macho bravado.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: copenhagen; denmark; godsgravesglyphs; thevikings

subtitle: Recent peaceful Viking rebrands are smashed in a vast and bloodthirsty show that will soon set sail for London
A violent animated backdrop to a reconstructed Viking warship

A violent animated backdrop to a reconstructed Viking warship

1 posted on 06/23/2013 5:12:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Finally, an exhibition which shows the Vikings as Vikings, instead of as gay vegetarian shopkeepers.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 06/23/2013 5:14:28 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

On they swept, with threshing oar...


3 posted on 06/23/2013 5:21:03 AM PDT by PlateOfShrimp
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To: SunkenCiv
...a Frankish law forbade selling swords to Vikings. They got them anyway, as the exhibits prove.

Gasp! You mean they didn't obey laws controlling the proliferation of weapons? Inconceivable! Oh wait...

4 posted on 06/23/2013 5:26:18 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: PlateOfShrimp

...their only goal would be the western shore.


5 posted on 06/23/2013 5:30:05 AM PDT by GoDuke
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow. I’d love to see that.


6 posted on 06/23/2013 5:36:34 AM PDT by EricT. (Let me know when you've got a few million citizens ready for an armed march on D.C.)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Some of my colleagues thought surely one sword is enough," archaeologist and co-curator Anne Pedersen said, "but I said no, one can never have too many swords."

Duh!
7 posted on 06/23/2013 5:47:08 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: SunkenCiv

Viking sightings on Free Republic are considered to be some of the most terrifying experiences...They strike suddenly, sometimes without warning, and the only remains are a smelly burnt husk of ozone in these forums....


8 posted on 06/23/2013 5:57:33 AM PDT by Bayard
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To: SunkenCiv

9 posted on 06/23/2013 6:01:20 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: SunkenCiv

No Alex Baldwin quoting, “What’s in your wallet?”


10 posted on 06/23/2013 6:01:20 AM PDT by oyez (Hell is a gun free zone.)
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To: COBOL2Java
Things never change. I wish lawmakers would acknowledge that fact.
11 posted on 06/23/2013 6:02:58 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: PlateOfShrimp
Is your handle a reference to the movie "Repo Man"?

A lot o' people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch o' unconnected incidents 'n things. They don't realize that there's this, like, lattice o' coincidence that lays on top o' everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you're thinkin' about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o' shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one, either. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.

12 posted on 06/23/2013 6:05:54 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: oyez
"No Alex Baldwin quoting, “What’s in your wallet?”

Hands up, what you got? (Like the IRS)

13 posted on 06/23/2013 6:09:09 AM PDT by Average Al
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To: PlateOfShrimp

lol, well played.

I just saw Jason Bonham and Heart. Bonham’s band did Immigrant Song. Format was a short Bonham / Led Zeppelin Experience set, a short Heart set, then a long (30min+) encore with both bands, all LZ. Worthwhile for sure if you like LZ and Heart.


14 posted on 06/23/2013 6:51:16 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: SunkenCiv

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmuseet/sets/72157632592240770/

I found some pics, no battle axe though. One sword and it has seen better days.


15 posted on 06/23/2013 7:28:16 AM PDT by winodog
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To: winodog

Better days, imagine. :’)


16 posted on 06/23/2013 7:38:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Vikings....they were like the Schwanns guy, but in boats instead of yellow trucks.


17 posted on 06/23/2013 7:55:20 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SunkenCiv

This thread is worthless without Picts!

Oh wait, this is about VIKINGS! Not Picts.


18 posted on 06/23/2013 8:05:05 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: SunkenCiv

19 posted on 06/23/2013 8:05:54 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SunkenCiv

What! No Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Vivian Leigh or Richard Widmark?


20 posted on 06/23/2013 8:06:30 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: SunkenCiv
"...in an exhibition opening in Copenhagen that will smash decades of good public relations for the Vikings as mild-mannered traders and farmers... "

I must've missed the "kinder, gentler" Viking stereotype. Cultures that feature "berzerkers" and guys with names like "Eric Bloodaxe" don't sound sqeezably soft.

21 posted on 06/23/2013 8:12:01 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I was hoping for some awesome battering ram type swords and a battle axe that would make Thor proud


22 posted on 06/23/2013 8:48:09 AM PDT by winodog
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To: Flick Lives

Yes. I salute your tag line as well - from one most excellent movie to another!


23 posted on 06/23/2013 10:23:13 AM PDT by PlateOfShrimp
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To: Flick Lives

(sorry - meant to say your handle)


24 posted on 06/23/2013 10:24:00 AM PDT by PlateOfShrimp
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To: PlateOfShrimp

...at ram speed.


25 posted on 06/23/2013 10:25:50 AM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s politically correct to portray Vikings as rapists and plunderers. This is what they brought to America < /sarc >.

Meanwhile every museum I’ve seen since 9-11-2001 has done countless exhibits on the art and technology of Islamist society.

The plunder and subjugation seems to get written out of those exhibits.


26 posted on 06/23/2013 10:34:35 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SunkenCiv

Today’s Scandinavians should take a leaf from their ancestors’ book, or a sword from their scabbard, and drive those damned Muslims out of their countries.


27 posted on 06/23/2013 3:08:11 PM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/) Obama, do you hear me?)
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To: a fool in paradise

If it wasn’t for the Vikings taking Sicily in 1091 AD from Islam I doubt the first crusade would have started in 1095 AD.


28 posted on 06/24/2013 2:44:59 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: Steve Van Doorn
"If it wasn’t for the Vikings taking Sicily in 1091 AD from Islam I doubt the first crusade would have started in 1095 AD."

Roger I was Norman, he was descended from Vikings who moved into Normandy around 920.

29 posted on 06/24/2013 3:03:21 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Flag_This

yes, and many of Roger I men signed up for the first crusade.


30 posted on 06/24/2013 3:49:30 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: SunkenCiv
"Eaters of the Dead" by Michael Crichton.

Great book about Vikings made into a movie: "The 13th Warrior"

31 posted on 06/24/2013 3:50:36 PM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: Flag_This
No indeed. I ran into this Page of Viking Nicknames and certain of them do sound a little prickly. Ogmund the Evil, for one, and Thorfinn Skull-splitter. Bard the Peevish and Ulf the Unwashed, though, they could be pretty much normal guys around here.
32 posted on 06/24/2013 4:01:49 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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