Skip to comments.Biggest Viking exhibition in 20 years opens – and this time they're angry
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.
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Finally, an exhibition which shows the Vikings as Vikings, instead of as gay vegetarian shopkeepers.
On they swept, with threshing oar...
Gasp! You mean they didn't obey laws controlling the proliferation of weapons? Inconceivable! Oh wait...
...their only goal would be the western shore.
Wow. I’d love to see that.
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....
No Alex Baldwin quoting, “What’s in your wallet?”
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.
Hands up, what you got? (Like the IRS)
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.
I found some pics, no battle axe though. One sword and it has seen better days.
Better days, imagine. :’)
Vikings....they were like the Schwanns guy, but in boats instead of yellow trucks.
This thread is worthless without Picts!
Oh wait, this is about VIKINGS! Not Picts.
What! No Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Vivian Leigh or Richard Widmark?