Who are the Vikings
“The Vikings were Scandinavian farmers, fishers, herders, warriors, and explorers, pirates who raided invaded from Russia to North America between roughly 800-1000 AD”. “The Vikings lived in northeast Europe and Scandinavia more than a thousand years”. They were successful traders and explorers, talented poets, and skillful ship builders and craftsmen and also, portrayed as fierce and brutal. The Vikings had left an unforgettable mark on history
"Most Vikings were farmers. Even those who were involved in the raids all over Western Europe, or those who sailed East or West to trade were at heart farmers". They used iron tools such as sickles and hoes. The Vikings grew oat, barley, and wheat. They also grounded grain to make flour, porridge, and ale. They also grew, vegetables such as, onions, beans, and cabbages. "Their farm animal includes, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, geese, and chickens". Families risked their lives to find new land to farm on.
The Vikings traded all over Europe and far east Central Asia. They bought goods and material such as silver, silk, spices, wine, jewelry, and pottery. They sold, honey, tin, wheat, wool, iron, leather, fish, and walrus ivory in return. "Europeans were also interested in trading with the Native Americans for otter skins, whale oil, and beaver and fox furs.
Vikings were known as blood thirsty, greedy and violent people. "They burnt building, stole treasure, murdered monks and terrified everyone". Vikings fought with long-sword and battle axes.
The long-sword(left) "Sword-making was a great skill, and a good sword was kept as a family treasure". Battle axes and spears(right)
Men and women met in open air to settle situations, for example deciding who owned land or farm animals, and also to punish criminals.