Who Were the Vikings and What Was Their Life Like?
Were the Vikings really as fierce and merciless as everyone
commonly believes? Imagine being back in the Viking era.
The sky is blue, the ocean waves gently lapping onto the
beach near the longhouses' of the Viking settlement are
light blue and crystal clear. The boys are helping their
fathers plow the fields. All the girls are helping their
mothers, who are doing various chores around their houses.
Several girls are sweeping the dirt floors of their
longhouses, others are doing wash in a spring. The dogs are
chasing the cats around the longhouses. There is a tower
atop a lofty hill near the ocean. The appointed guard
distinguishes several specks on the horizon of the water.
After a little while, he perceives that they are indeed
ships. But are they trading ships? No, they are sleek,
speedy Viking longboats with their fierce dragon head
carvings on the bow.
Speedily the lookout raises the alarm
and the town is thrown into disarray. The women and
children flee to the fortified longhouse near the tower.
Grabbing their weapons, the men and boys run to the gate of
the town to oppose the invaders, although they know full
well that resistance is futile. The Vikings land, and the
townspeople with weapons are quickly slaughtered by the
elite drugged Viking warriors known as the Berserks. The
Vikings plunder the town, dragging away the women and
children for slaves, while killing some for fun. The common
misconception of Vikings is based only on this type of
scenario. Nobody ever considered what kind of home these
men returned to across the immense seas. Based on this and
only this picture, many believe that this was the life of
the Vikings. Mainly raiding and in...