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Viking Age

The "Saga of Ingvar the Far-Traveller" (YS) is based on a reliable fact, justified by about 25 runic inscriptions which date to the first half of the eleventh century, that​. The Viking Age: A Reader, Third Edition (Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures) | Somerville, Angus A., McDonald, R. Andrew | ISBN. The North West in the Viking Age is a project led by Dr Clare Downham, a medieval historian at the University of Liverpool. Using the app, you can discover a.

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In the case of Viking Age England, local English kings were unable to monopolize violence and defend their realms against competing Viking. In this article, we look at the diverging ways of relating to and reinventing the past in the Viking Age, exploring citations to ancient monuments in the landscape of. Carolingian-Ottonian disc brooches: early Christian symbols in Viking age Denmark. Maria Panum Baastrup, Uta von Freeden (Editor), Herwig Friesinger.

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Viking Age Hymir jedoch erschrickt sich beim Anblick der Schlange und zerschneidet die Fangleine, so dass ihr die Flucht gelingt. Jörmungandr in turn, who had also become somewhat dangerous to the gods was tossed into the sea by Odin. Juni During the spectacular opening on August 23rd from 7pm, performance, drawing, sculpture and Scorepredictor artefacts will coalesce into a Nordic-Japanese Gesamtkunstwerk. Erlebe die Welt der Wikinger, wo Freiheit, Macht & Furcht regieren. Ohne Download spielen! Wikingerzeit ist ein Begriff der Geschichtswissenschaft. Er wird auf Nordeuropa angewendet, soweit es von den Wikingern bevölkert war, und auf Mittel-, Süd- und Westeuropa, insofern sie von deren Angriffen betroffen waren. The Viking Age: A Reader, Third Edition (Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures Book 14) (English Edition) eBook: Somerville, Angus A., McDonald. The Viking Age: A Reader, Third Edition (Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures) | Somerville, Angus A., McDonald, R. Andrew | ISBN. The site appears to have originated as a cemetery in the Iron Age that was expanded in the Viking Age, according to the paper. Image A map of the ship burial and site next to the images from. Examinations of Viking Age burials suggests that women lived longer, and nearly all well past the age of 35, as compared to earlier times. Female graves from before the Viking Age in Scandinavia holds a proportional large number of remains from women aged 20 to 35, presumably due to complications of childbirth. The Viking Age had begun. Historians use the term the Viking Age to describe the turbulent expansion of the Scandinavian people into Europe and Russia. Beginning in A.D. with the Lindisfarne raid, Norwegians, Swedes and Danes set to raiding. The Viking Age. Danish prehistory culminated in the Viking Age, the period from until AD. During the Viking Age the first kings appeared, who ruled an area roughly corresponding to present-day Denmark. On King Harald Bluetooth’s rune stone at Jelling, Denmark is named for the first time around AD. At the end of the Viking Age. The Viking Age (– AD) was the period during the Middle Ages when Norsemen known as Vikings undertook large-scale raiding, colonizing, conquest and trading throughout Europe, and reached North America. It followed the Migration Period and the Germanic Iron Age.

Guests from Overseas , Nicholas Roerich In , the Finnic and Slavic tribes rebelled against the Varangian Rus, driving them overseas back to Scandinavia, but soon started to conflict with each other.

The disorder prompted the tribes to invite back the Varangian Rus "to come and rule them" and bring peace to the region.

This was a somewhat bilateral relation with the Varagians defending the cities that they ruled. As the Volga route declined by the end of the century, the Trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks rapidly overtook it in popularity.

Western historians tend to agree with the Primary Chronicle that these Scandinavians founded Kievan Rus' in the s and gave their name to the land.

In contrast to the intense Scandinavian influence in Normandy and the British Isles, Varangian culture did not survive to a great extent in the East.

Instead, the Varangian ruling classes of the two powerful city-states of Novgorod and Kiev were thoroughly Slavicised by the end of the 10th century.

Old Norse was spoken in one district of Novgorod, however, until the 13th century. Viking Age Scandinavian settlements were set up along the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, primarily for trade purposes.

Their appearance coincides with the settlement and consolidation of the Slavic tribes in the respective areas.

Stone ships at Altes Lager Menzlin. Scandinavian arrowheads from the 8th and 9th centuries were found between the coast and the lake chains in the Mecklenburgian and Pomeranian hinterlands, pointing at periods of warfare between the Scandinavians and Slavs.

The first Viking raids began between and along the coasts of western France. They were carried out primarily in the summer, as the Vikings wintered in Scandinavia.

Several coastal areas were lost during the reign of Louis the Pious — But the Vikings took advantage of the quarrels in the royal family caused after the death of Louis the Pious to settle their first colony in the south-west Gascony of the kingdom of Francia , which was more or less abandoned by the Frankish kings after their two defeats at Roncevaux.

The Viking attackers sought to capture the treasures stored at monasteries , easy prey given the monks' lack of defensive capacity. In an expedition up the Seine reached Paris.

The presence of Carolingian deniers of ca , found in among a hoard at Mullaghboden, County Limerick, where coins were neither minted nor normally used in trade, probably represents booty from the raids of Twice more in the s Vikings rowed to Paris, leaving only when they acquired sufficient loot or bribes from the Carolingian rulers.

The Carolingian kings tended to have contradictory politics, which had severe consequences. In exchange, Rollo pledged vassalage to Charles in , agreed to be baptised, and vowed to guard the estuaries of the Seine from further Viking attacks.

While many buildings were pillaged, burned, or destroyed by the Viking raids, ecclesiastical sources may have been overly negative as no city was completely destroyed.

On the other hand, many monasteries were pillaged and all the abbeys were destroyed. Rollo and his successors brought about rapid recoveries from the raids.

The Scandinavian colonization was principally Danish, with a strong Norwegian element. A few Swedes were present. The merging of the Scandinavian and native elements contributed to the creation of one of the most powerful feudal states of Western Europe.

The naval ability of the Normans would allow them to conquer England and southern Italy , and play a key role in the Crusades.

After , when the Vikings set up a permanent base at the mouth of the Loire River, they could strike as far as northern Spain. In some of their raids they were crushed either by Kingdom of Asturias or Emirate armies.

These Vikings were Hispanised in all Christian kingdoms, while they kept their ethnic identity and culture in Al-Andalus.

In , a Viking fleet entered the river Minho and sacked the episcopal city of Tui Galicia ; no new bishop was appointed until In , many dozens of drakkars appeared in the "Mar da Palha" "the Sea of Straw", mouth of the Tagus river.

After a siege, the Vikings conquered Lisbon at the time, the city was under Muslim rule and known as Al-Ushbuna.

They left after 13 days, following a resistance led by Alah Ibn Hazm and the city's inhabitants. Another raid was attempted in , without success.

They created a small settlement on the northern peninsula of present-day Newfoundland, near L'Anse aux Meadows. Conflict with indigenous peoples and lack of support from Greenland brought the Vinland colony to an end within a few years.

The long-term linguistic effect of the Viking settlements in England was threefold: over a thousand Old Norse words eventually became part of Standard English ; numerous places in the East and North-east of England have Danish names, and many English personal names are of Scandinavian origin.

The system of personal pronouns was affected, with they, them and their replacing the earlier forms. Old Norse influenced the verb to be ; the replacement of sindon by are is almost certainly Scandinavian in origin, as is the third-person-singular ending -s in the present tense of verbs.

The distribution of family names showing Scandinavian influence is still, as an analysis of names ending in -son reveals, concentrated in the north and east, corresponding to areas of former Viking settlement.

The Vikings were equipped with the technologically superior longships; for purposes of conducting trade however, another type of ship, the knarr , wider and deeper in draft, were customarily used.

The Vikings were competent sailors, adept in land warfare as well as at sea, and they often struck at accessible and poorly defended targets, usually with near impunity.

The effectiveness of these tactics earned Vikings a formidable reputation as raiders and pirates. Chroniclers paid little attention to other aspects of medieval Scandinavian culture.

This slant was accentuated by the absence of contemporary primary source documentation from within the Viking Age communities themselves.

Little documentary evidence was available until later, when Christian sources began to contribute. As historians and archaeologists have developed more resources to challenge the one-sided descriptions of the chroniclers, a more balanced picture of the Norsemen has become apparent.

The Vikings used their longships to travel vast distances and attain certain tactical advantages in battle. They could perform highly efficient hit-and-run attacks, in which they quickly approached a target, then left as rapidly before a counter-offensive could be launched.

Because of the ships' negligible draft, the Vikings could sail in shallow waters, allowing them to invade far inland along rivers. Over the next three centuries, they would leave their mark as pirates, raiders, traders and settlers on much of Britain and the European continent, as well as parts of modern-day Russia, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland.

The exact reasons for Vikings venturing out from their homeland are uncertain; some have suggested it was due to overpopulation of their homeland, but the earliest Vikings were looking for riches, not land.

In the eighth century A. Scandinavian furs were highly prized in the new trading markets; from their trade with the Europeans, Scandinavians learned about new sailing technology as well as about the growing wealth and accompanying inner conflicts between European kingdoms.

The Viking predecessors—pirates who preyed on merchant ships in the Baltic Sea—would use this knowledge to expand their fortune-seeking activities into the North Sea and beyond.

The culprits—probably Norwegians who sailed directly across the North Sea—did not destroy the monastery completely, but the attack shook the European religious world to its core.

Unlike other groups, these strange new invaders had no respect for religious institutions such as the monasteries, which were often left unguarded and vulnerable near the shore.

Two years later, Viking raids struck the undefended island monasteries of Skye and Iona in the Hebrides as well as Rathlin off the northeast coast of Ireland.

For several decades, the Vikings confined themselves to hit-and-run raids against coastal targets in the British Isles particularly Ireland and Europe the trading center of Dorestad, 80 kilometers from the North Sea, became a frequent target after They then took advantage of internal conflicts in Europe to extend their activity further inland: after the death of Louis the Pious, emperor of Frankia modern-day France and Germany , in , his son Lothar actually invited the support of a Viking fleet in a power struggle with brothers.

Before long other Vikings realized that Frankish rulers were willing to pay them rich sums to prevent them from attacking their subjects, making Frankia an irresistible target for further Viking activity.

By the mid-ninth century, Ireland, Scotland and England had become major targets for Viking settlement as well as raids. When King Charles the Bald began defending West Frankia more energetically in , fortifying towns, abbeys, rivers and coastal areas, Viking forces began to concentrate more on England than Frankia.

Such was the case with metals like iron and steel , from which the business end of swords and axes were typically made. While the mighty double-edged sword is considered to be the poster child for Viking military might, the reality is that very few Viking warriors actually owned one.

During the Viking Age , swords were very expensive to make, so only the wealthy and powerful fought with them. Swords were so valuable that they were passed down from generation to generation or buried with chieftains as grave goods.

In contrast, every free Viking male owned an axe, whether it was a modest wood chopping tool that doubled as a weapon during raiding season or a specialized weapon designed specifically for combat situations.

Did Vikings have permanent markings on their skin? See How Vikings got tattoos and why to learn more. Viking men often began using their first axe as young boys.

With heads made from iron or steel, axes required the use of far less metal than swords, with a fraction of the amount of labor required to fabricate them.

Even Norse upper classes recognized the utility of axes, arming themselves with two-handed versions that were just as effective as swords and even decorating the heads of their axes with ornate designs.

So highly regarded were axes as armament that royal poets wrote of Scandinavian kings splitting heads like firewood with them. Furthermore, during the Viking period the old Nordic religion and its gods were replaced by Christianity.

Read also about the magnate from Mammen , who in was buried with significant furnishings, including an ornamental axe and a candle — the old Nordic burial customs combined with the new Christianity.

It is in this style that a magnificent motif emerges: the Great Beast. We can see it on one side of the Jelling Stone, standing above a runic inscription that references his conquest of Norway and the religious conversion of Denmark.

The Great Beast is an amalgamation of several animals; it has features that appear similar to horns or antlers protruding from its head, and what appears to be a mane falling from its long neck.

Its feet are segmented with claws, and in some representations—like the greater Jelling stone—serpents may wind around its body to create a dynamic interplay between the two motifs.

The creature has been interpreted as a symbol of power. Carved with runic inscriptions, these monumental stones were raised by King Bluetooth in memory of his deceased parents.

He had one side of the larger stone depict Christ bound in tendrils that end in pronounced foliates leaf forms.

With an inscription surrounded by serpentine ornament on its third side not illustrated , this object is exceptionally detailed for a runestone.

These three examples demonstrate how Mammen-style objects have been found in many regions, attesting yet again to the far reach of Norse visual culture.

The Mammen style was short-lived, but the subsequent style—called Ringerike—was energized by its ingenuity. Continuing to use the double contour lines and spiral hip joints seen previously, Ringerike ornament is tightly composed.

Bird motifs become more common and the Great Beast appears in full force, but neither feature the beaded ornamentation of Jellinge and Mammen creatures.

The adoption of European influences into Norse artistic conventions are visible in the Ringerike style. Diverse uses of foliates and tendrils, for example, are features that were taken from Frankish and British influences and modified to suit Norse sensibilities.

Appearing in clusters of varying thicknesses, tendrils grow outward from animal bodies. This can be seen on several weathervanes such as the Heggen weathervane , which were customarily gilded, fixed to the prows of ships, and later, repositioned on the roofs of churches.

Their borders feature friezes of vegetal motifs, and on their plates are beasts—including birds and the Great Beast—tangled within foliates.

New variations on the Great Beast appear in the Ringerike style. The Great Beast may be shown with other Great Beasts, with multiple snakes, or with monsters we cannot always identify.

A carved stone slab that was found at St. It also has spiral hip joints. Its body is entwined with a serpent and another, smaller creature wraps around its forelimb.

The carved stone slab comes from the end of a box-tomb. The runic inscription carved into its side suggests that the carver was Swedish.

Due to the growing popularity of Christianity, funerary customs shift and there are fewer grave goods in the Ringerike style.

Architecture, weapons, and ivory carvings become the more prevalent remains, and runestones—although less detailed than the greater stone raised at Jelling—become more common.

In the last phase of Viking Age art, the Urnes style, there is a turn to elegant, schematic forms.

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