YOU DIDN'T KNOW THIS ABOUT THE VIKINGS! 10 uncomfortable facts about Scandinavian pirates

Many people think that Vikings are a nationality. In fact
in fact, the Vikings were a kind of military alliance, which at one time had seriously expanded its possessions. We are told that the Vikings were at the peak of their power, approximately, in the 9th - 11th centuries, but these dates need to be proved somehow. There is also a classic misconception regarding the nationality of the Vikings - supposedly they were exclusively Scandinavians - Swedes, Danes, Norwegians, Estonians and so on. In fact, the Baltic Slavs (they are also the Wends of the Icelandic sagas) took part in the Viking movement. Western Slavic peoples Ryan and viagra, that is, the Vikings, in the ranks of the Vikings became famous for their raids on Scandinavia and Denmark, allegedly in the XII century. This information is preserved, including in the sagas (for example, in the "Saga of Magnus the Blind and Harald Gilly"). Perhaps the medieval historian Mavro Orbini, which we already talked about, by the Slavic conquests of Europe, was referring to the Viking attacks.
In other words, Viking and Varangian are one and the same. Which, incidentally, is proved by the strong similarity of the culture of the first Varangian rulers of Russia - Rurik, Sineus, Truvor and their squads - with the culture of the upper strata of the Viking society. And, by the way, the Franks called the Normans all "northerners", including the Slavs, Finns, etc., and not just the Scandinavians.

Horned helmets are the most vivid misconception about the Vikings.
In fact, horned helmets really were, but not among the Vikings, but among the Celts. Some images of pre-Viking time have the image of warriors in horned helmets. But such helmets were single and ritual, they were worn by priests.
As for the Vikings, a huge number of graves of that era are known. And there is not a single case of finding such a helmet. All of them are round, without horns. As an example, consider reconstructing a helmet from Sutton Hu. But this is a royal helmet. Ordinary Vikings wore simpler helmets or leather hats made of thick bull leather.
True, all this does not prevent portraying the Vikings with characteristic horned bowlers.
Historical science also claims that the Vikings sometimes used Asian coins and objects with Arabic Muslim inscriptions. But this question, of course, is already more about the reliability of the official chronology.
Here is one more thing. When, in 2000, the legendary Norwegian explorer and traveler Thor Heyerdahl started an expedition to the Russian city of Azov, this caused widespread outrage among the supporters of the Western historical paradigm. Still, the goal of the Heyerdahl archaeological expedition was, neither more nor less, to find confirmation of the hypothesis according to which the ancestors of the Scandinavians, led by Odin, came to their country from the Don steppes.
The idea that the Scandinavian ancestral home should be sought precisely here arose from the famous Norwegian after he had studied in detail one of the Old Norse Royal Sagas - the “Ingling Saga”.
Having studied the materials of the Sea of ​​Azov, Heyerdahl writes the following: "... I was simply amazed when I found out that the tribes of the Ases and Vanes were real peoples inhabiting the local places BC!"
The international expedition, which also included long-time friend and associate of Heyerdahl Yuri Senkevich, lasted 2 seasons - 2000 and 2001, and in 2002, Tour Heyerdahl passed away. What was able to discover the expedition? About 35 thousand valuable artifacts, among which 3 buckles, which in appearance completely coincide with those worn by the ancient Vikings. Heyerdahl believed that this fact alone was enough to begin to rewrite history. After all, according to the official point of view, everything was the other way around - the Norman theory claims that it was the Vikings (who are considered to be Scandinavians) who brought statehood to Russia.
By the way, did you know what the word “Viking” means?
 Its origin is derived from different languages, for some peoples, it means “rower of a boat”, for others it means “pirate”, for others it means “campaign” or “one who goes on a campaign”. It is curious that in the sagas allegedly of the 13th century, the Viking past is served in a romantic halo. It is often described, for example, how old people complained that in their young years they “went to the Viking” (that is, on an expedition), and now they are weak and are not capable of such acts. In Scandinavia, the Vikings called the brave men who made military expeditions to foreign lands.

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