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The Viking Sieges of Paris: History, Myth, and Significance, Part 1 of 2

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     There were two Norse sieges of Paris. The first was in 845; and though a fairly minor affair in terms of battle, it had great symbolic significance. The second was roughly two generations later, in 885-886; was much larger (and deadlier); and had greater direct ramifications. Before the first siege, Viking raids were a new and growing problem for the peoples of Western Europe; but hitherto raids had been made by relatively small war bands bent on plunder. The Scandinavian adventurers might sack monasteries or villages, but would usually shun larger, better defended targets (Churchill, 1956). However, success was making the Norsemen bolder.      Aware of this growing threat, the aging emperor, Charlemagne, built a series of...

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What Was the Vikings' Greatest Weapon?

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In the early ninth century, the Vikings tore through Europe, wreaking havoc and consuming territory at a level that filled their victims with awe and dread.  But why were the wealthier, more populous, and entrenched peoples of what are now England, Ireland, France, and Russia so powerless to stop them?  What made these Norsemen so effective?  Was it the Viking’s sword, which was light enough to be used deftly with one hand but heavy enough to inflict death through an enemy’s armor?  Was it their seax, the long knife that could dart through a foe’s defenses in the blink of an eye?  Was it the hewing spear, that could slash and thrust from a distance; or the shield, that could...

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Latest 'Vikings' Trailer Comic-Con 2017

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Can't wait!  Ragnar loved both Bjorn and Ivar but whose side will win?   Looking for viking jewelry (arm rings, torcs and more? Click here. Viking Jewelry

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How to make your own Viking Shield

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Four separate videos on DIY Viking Shields: This first how-to video used a stainless steel dog bowl for the center piece and used hydrocholoric acid and some hammering to give it that aged, hand-made look.   This Viking shield build focused on a look to match Lagertha's shield from the TV show "Vikings". A request that came from the wife of the builder.   This homemade Viking Shield required little to zero metal working. Using plywood and other easy to find ingredients to make a fully functional shield.   This last video also used plywood and offers tips on how to give the plywood that plank look to is as well as how he added his hand-painted Norse graphics.   About Us:SonsOfVikings.com offers...

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The Danish Canadian Museum: A Viking Treasure

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Check out the Viking Ship Gokstadfæring on Display! Interested to see a detailed replica of a Gokstadfæring? You can when you visit the Danish Canadian Museum in Alberta Canada! The Freydis Joanna Viking Ship and Naust is part of the museum’s permanent collection, just waiting to be discovered by visitors who love Viking history. The exhibit tells a fascinating story. First off, a little bit about longships: Longships were a vital part of the success of Viking expansion into remote territories. They were extremely competent at navigating open waters, with this group comprised largely of skilled craftsmen and sailors. As such, the Vikings easily and swiftly claimed control over both land and sea. As you know, longships were long, narrow...

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Ancient Viking Sword Revelation

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More than 2,000 swords have been found so far from the viking age (around 800 AD - 1050 AD). However, unlike most of the swords that were made for battle, recent discoveries through the use of neutron scans have proven that some of these swords may have been purely created for decorative purposes. All three of these swords (found in Denmark and pictured above) were made through pattern welding which includes using thin strips of various metals, irons and steel. They are then welded together, folded and/or twisted and then forged in various ways to produce decorative patterns. Whereas swords made for battle were typically made of pure steel. Learn more at: http://www.livescience.com/58654-viking-sword-scans-reveal-norse-culture.html   Viking jewelry for sale:

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Viking Horse Bridles found in Denmark

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Decorated horse bridles from the Viking era (950 ad) were recently discovered in Jutland Denmark.     Sources:http://www.realmofhistory.com/2017/03/21/viking-oriented-discovery-denmark/ http://cphpost.dk/news/archeologists-make-sensational-viking-discovery-in-denmark.html And for those of you who can read Danish, here is a site that provides live updates from the dig site: http://www.vikingfregerslev.dk/Nyheder-2966.aspx?Action=1&NewsId=904&M=NewsV2&PID=7022 View modern day Viking Jewelry here:

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Viking Symbols: What do they mean? Meaning / History

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When it comes to common symbols associated with Viking era, they all have meaning to them. Norse mythology, gods, symbols and runes make up a lot of the background to what went on in the Viking Age. We thought it would be helpful to provide a simple overview of the more common symbols associated with the Nordic and Celtic times and what they mean. MjolnirAlso known as Thor’s hammer. Thor was the son of Odin and Fyorgyn, the earth goddess. He was the god of thunder and the god of war and one of the most popular figures in all of Norse mythology. The mjölnir is known for its ability to destroy mountains. View all of our Mjolnir jewelry.    ...

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New Viking Theme Park in Norway

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Thor's Rike (Thor's Kingdom): Welcome Viking Enthusiasts! You’ve probably been to Disney World or Six Flags or Cedar Point. Those are all well and good, but what if you could hit a park built on the Viking theme? Well, now you can. It’s called Thor's Rike (Thor’s Kingdom in English) and it’s designed to attract Viking enthusiasts from all over the world. It’s located in the western Norwegian county of Hordaland, with the goal of putting a spin on the traditional theme park. Flume rides and roller coasters will feature “infotainment” to educate visitors about Vikings and their history. Go back 1,000 years and discover what made the Vikings so great and all-empowering. You can even experience the thrill of authentic...

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10th Century Mjolnir with Rune Inscription "This is Hammer"

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This 10th century mjolnir (Thor's hammer) was discovered in Købelev, on the Danish island of Lolland.Henrik Schilling of the National Museum of Denmark stated, “This is the only hammer-shaped pendant with a runic inscription. And it tells us that (the pendants) in fact depicts the words, THIS IS HAMMER." Which proved once and for all that the many Viking amulets found with this shape was indeed a representation of the mjolnir. Below is a modern day mjolnir pendant inspired by this artifact ($20.95) SonsOfVikings.com sells viking jewelry and offers daily blog posts on all things viking related (news, history, artifacts...).

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