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Replica of Viking ship. Academics have uncovered complex social networks within age-old Icelandic sagas, which challenge the stereotypical image of Vikings as unworldly, violent savages. (Credit: © pemabild / Fotolia)

Replica of Viking ship. Academics have uncovered complex social networks within age-old Icelandic sagas, which challenge the stereotypical image of Vikings as unworldly, violent savages. (Credit: © pemabild / Fotolia)

1 posted on 10/05/2013 9:09:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv
"challenge the stereotypical image of Vikings as unworldly, violent savages. "

Most Vikings were victims. Victims of Travel Agents who sold southern vacation trips but never got the destination accommodations negotiated.

Given that the ATMs of the day were Monasteries, the poor vikings made ATM withdrawals to be able to exist until transportation home could be arranged.

It's all a great misunderstanding.

4 posted on 10/05/2013 9:14:41 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s my understanding that when my ancestors were drunk, they were a pretty fun lot.

Short, though. I was AMAZED to see the door of a stave church and hear that it was actually person-height.


5 posted on 10/05/2013 9:21:54 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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“Academics at Coventry University have uncovered complex social networks within age-old Icelandic sagas, which challenge the stereotypical image of Vikings as unworldly, violent savages.”

Who are these “academics” and where did they get their (apparently) worthless degrees? I ask because historians have already known this for a heck of a long time.


8 posted on 10/05/2013 9:41:12 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: SunkenCiv

Seriously, have these people never studied prosopography before?


9 posted on 10/05/2013 9:42:36 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: SunkenCiv
Icelandic is to the Scandinavian languages--Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish--kind of like what Shakespearean English is to modern English. Icelandic tends to preserve older forms and words, in large part due to the country's comparative geographical isolation from the rest of Europe.

At our recent Scandinavian picnic here in St. Louis, I met a professor who actually is an expert in Icelandic and Old Norse.

11 posted on 10/05/2013 9:46:36 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Swedish-American)
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The Vikings ruled their realms like the Mob, La Cosa Nostra. As long as they got their cut, usually 10%, of all economic activity in the area they left everybody alone. Everybody had to kick up, right up to the boss (The King). However, when the envelopes were light, well my friend, that’s when they got violent. People got whacked, until they stopped holding out.


12 posted on 10/05/2013 9:54:08 PM PDT by gusty
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To: SunkenCiv

I dated a Swede that was a Social Savage.


17 posted on 10/05/2013 10:05:06 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Vikings May Have Been More Social Than Savage


May be........ EXCEPT for the rape, pillage and mass murders..
And then theres the slavery, hostage taking, ransomes, and arson..

The Vikes were pretty liberal in the sense of todays liberality..
They could have been democrats.. very progressive were they..
In the sense of social corruption, bribery, ideology and Mob Rule..
You know.................................. by Mobsters.. i.e. democracy..


20 posted on 10/05/2013 10:21:55 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: SunkenCiv

Socialist and savage. Still are. Bane of Christianity and Jews everywhere.


22 posted on 10/06/2013 1:05:51 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: SunkenCiv

sailing that thing across the ocean with only a primitive compass, no charts, the mind boggles.


24 posted on 10/06/2013 4:54:59 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: SunkenCiv
Fischer argues in Albion's Seed that the Vikings left a historical legacy in "East Anglia" of independent women ( the flip side of the men rowing off in boats to raid) that influenced America through immigrant Quakerism... and feminism.
25 posted on 10/06/2013 4:58:10 AM PDT by gusopol3
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27 posted on 10/06/2013 5:48:03 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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A Viking Funeral


28 posted on 10/06/2013 6:00:31 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: SunkenCiv

Everything that anyone could conceivably want to know about the Vikings has already been described in that epic work, Hägar the Horrible.


31 posted on 10/06/2013 6:31:36 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: SunkenCiv

The are many words of Norse origin that remain in spoken English today.

While many have their history in warfare, a very many of them are about are about everyday life:

The following link lists some of the English words of norse origin. You can see in the list that many are not about war. The lists expresses the result of settlement by and intermarriage with the norse in parts of northern and eastern England.

Of course the biggest tales of the “Vikings” told in England and later recorded came from the Anglo-Saxons who had just a few centuries earlier been invaders to the British Isles from the east.


32 posted on 10/06/2013 10:50:23 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: SunkenCiv

VIKING KITTEH JUS WANTZ 2 BEEZ SOCIAL!
34 posted on 10/06/2013 6:52:58 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: SunkenCiv
the stereotypical image of Vikings as unworldly, violent savage

Um, I think that stereotype would still hold if you were among the raidees rather than the raiders.

38 posted on 10/08/2013 1:27:59 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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