Not surprisingly everyone associates Denmark with Vikings, due to history and also the recent popular TV series ‘Vikings” which features big hairy bearded tough Norse men on long ships in horned tin hats that love the cold weather and like to raid places – like England!
And as Vikings seem to go hand in hand with Denmark, and we go hand in hand with getting married in Denmark we thought we would investigate these Vikings. As if you are looking at how to get married in Denmark it may well be a question in your mind or come up on some searches.
Countless misconceptions of the Vikings exist and continue to be perpetuated today. Here are some of the more well-known Viking myths that have no grounding in historical fact:
1. Vikings did not wear horned helmets. There is no evidence to suggest that they ever did, apart from in some ritual ceremonies. Having horned helmets would seriously impede your ability to fight effectively in close combat. Viking helmets were in fact conical, made from hard leather with wood and metallic reinforcement, or made in iron with a mask and chain mail. The idea of Vikings wearing horned helmets arose during the 19th century.
2. Vikings were not simply savage brutes. Images of wild-haired, wild-eyed raiders are how the Vikings were mythologised. In fact, the Anglo-Danes occupying parts of Great Britain were described as excessively clean by their Anglo-Saxon neighbors, as they insisted on bathing at least once a week and kept their hair well-groomed.
3. Vikings did not play the lure.
4. Vikings were not typically buried in a dolmen.
Who or what exactly was a Viking?
The Vikings, or "Vikingr" in Old Norse, is the collective term used to describe the Scandinavian explorers, traders and warriors who raided, traded, explored and settled across large parts of Europe, Asia and the North Atlantic islands from around the eighth to the middle of the eleventh century. How long did the Viking Age last? The Viking Age lasted from the first Viking raid on the Lindisfarne monastery in Northern England in 793 to the decisive Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Viking Age had a huge impact on the medieval history of Scandinavia, Great Britain, Ireland and many other countries in Europe.
So they are long gone and contrary to popular belief or hope - you will not have Vikings at your wedding, you will have lots of love, fun, laughter and memories made, well possibly some hairy large bearded Scandinavian men hanging around generally, but definitely no raids or pilages!
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