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?
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.
I was hoping for some awesome battering ram type swords and a battle axe that would make Thor proud
Yes. I salute your tag line as well - from one most excellent movie to another!
(sorry - meant to say your handle)
...at ram speed.
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.
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.
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.
yes, and many of Roger I men signed up for the first crusade.
Great book about Vikings made into a movie: "The 13th Warrior"