A Different Kind of Viking History – Part 2

We pick up our story at about the year 1000. In fact, if we go backwards just a little bit we discover something very interesting about the Vikings. They bored easily. After decades of raiding and pillaging nearby villages, there was a time when those villages no longer had anything new to offer. Considering the raiding Vikings made off with anything of value during those unexpected visits to nearby communities – food, valuables, and women – there was no more fun in it. Besides, once your army controls everything around you there is not much choice left other than waging war against yourself.

Yup, the Vikings did that, too. But that became boring as well.

Vikingship at Greenland
Vikingship at Greenland
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Vikings had a number of unusual methods they used for naming their children. Some of them were in honor of ancestors and some were to honor others. One method focused on sounds and another was built around nicknames. Each had a specific pattern that was followed – and sometimes ignored – by parents seeking ways to give a child a unique identity.

Here’s a breakdown of those methods:

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A Different Kind of Viking History – Part 1

The Early Years


The Middle Ages. Not middle-aged. We’re talking the period of time around 700 AD, slightly before the invention of electricity and the fax machine. It was way back then where the Vikings roamed the world. Well, at least the part of the world they could easily get to and conquer with little or no trouble.

The Sea Stallion from Glendalough
The Sea Stallion from Glendalough
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