With Second Volume of 5th Vikings Series airing on TV here are some cool and interesting facts about one of the most popular series.
Vikings is inspired by the sagas of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known legendary Norse heroes and notorious as the scourge of England and France. The show portrays Ragnar as a farmer who rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a Scandinavian king, with the support of his family and fellow warriors. After Ragnar’s death, the later seasons follow the fortunes of his sons, and their adventures in England, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. (Source: Wikipedia)
THEY GAVE US POPULAR WORDS
Several popular words we use today have Viking origins. Snort, lump, scrawny and anger all have their roots in Old Norse language.
THEY WERE KNOWN FOR THEIR GOOD HYGIENE
Evidence suggests Vikings had good personal hygiene and were well-groomed. In fact, excavators have found that Viking era grooming tools were some of the most commonly used of all Viking tools.
THEY DID NOT CALL THEMSELVES VIKINGS
While we do not know exactly what they referred to themselves as, the term Vikings is a 19th century phrase. At the time of the Vikings, other nations referred to them as Norse, Norsemen and Danes.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK ARE NAMED AFTER VIKING GODS
Did you know that our days of the week are named after gods worshipped by Vikings? The great raven god Odin, otherwise known as Woden, gives us Wednesday (literally, Woden’s Day). Meanwhile, Tuesday and Friday are named after Tyr and Frigg, the god and goddess of war and marriage, respectively. Finally, and possibly most famously, the Norse god of thunder and strength Thor gives us our Thursday. Someone needs to ask Marvel why they’ve not been releasing the Thor films on his day…
THEY WERE EXCELLENT BOATMAKERS
Powerful ships have always been associated with Vikings, and this is because they did indeed know how to build excellent ships, which were a key component to their various military and invasion successes. Their most commonly used boats were “longboats” which were not only able to fit as many as 60 Vikings at a time but were also designed to be able to land on and depart from land easily.
THEY ABANDONED SICK CHILDREN
Vikings were all about physical strength and were known to abandon sickly children. Abandonment methods included leaving them alone in the wildnerness and throwing them into the sea.
THEY PREFERRED BLONDES
Just as in today’s society, being blonde was highly desired. So much so that brunette Viking men had tactics for lightening their manes. One method involved using a strong soap with a high lye content to bleach their hair.