Viking Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

Enduring misconceptions obscure what the seafaring Norse people were really like.

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  • "Guests from Overseas" (1901) by Nicholas Roerich, depicting a Viking raid.Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Viking Myth #1: They wore horned helmets.

Viking Myth #2: They were buried at sea.

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  • The Oseberg ship, a well-preserved Viking ship that was excavated in 1904.

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Viking Myth #3: They ruled Scandinavia.

Viking Myth #4: They were uncivilized brutes.

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  • 19th-century portrayal of Vikings besieging Paris in 845 C.E.

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