Back in the days when there were no human beings on the planet (in the truest sense), the Vikings roamed the planet. During these times, the term “The Vikings” was uttered in hushed tones. Why? Because the Vikings were so powerful and forceful.
By nature, the Vikings were more enraged and strange than the human species. They were not reasonable creatures, which is why there is a lot of misconception about the Vikings.
In fact, there is a history of lies about this species. Look at the dictionary meaning of the very term and you will get meanings like fierce, force, pirate, and forceful. Thus, it is natural to feel that the Vikings were very powerful. With that comes negative connotations. Some historians even believe that the Vikings did not live together. They simply could not sustain living together because of their fierce nature.
If you are interested in knowing more about these unique creatures, we have collected some mind-boggling information for you. These details – facts, if you like – will clear most of the misconceptions that most people dwell on today.
With that said, here are some unknown facts about the Vikings most people do not know about:
The Vikings Only Fought When they Had to
Based on historical facts, the only thing we know about the Vikings is that they were aggressive by nature. This infers that they fought a lot. Do you think so too? If that is a yes, think again. Based on exclusive research, it turns out that the Vikings were not used to fighting. Instead, it was the situation that compelled them to fight.
However, it is important to understand that this fact does not deny another fact that the Vikings were ruthless fighters. But there is a catch. They did not fight for fun! Instead, they only opted for it when they had it. In other words, every Viking fight meant it – as it was necessary to happen.
The Influence of the Vikings on the English Language is Phenomenal
Linguistically, the Vikings have a massive impact on English. There are thousands of English words that are influenced by the Vikings. Thursday, for instance, is an alteration of the Vikings’ god, thunder.
Similarly, Saturday translates into “washing day” in Scandinavian countries. So, linguistically, Saturday is a derivation from the Vikings. There are more! The term ‘Bluetooth’ can be a great example here.
Thus, it goes without saying that the technology term ‘Bluetooth’ is named after the Vikings’ king, Harald Bluetooth.
The Vikings Had ‘Close Contact’ With Major Religions
Unlike what we know about the Vikings, it turns out that as the oldest civilization, the Vikings have close contact with major religions. Religions like Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism have extreme similarities with the Vikings.
However, we are unsure whether these major religions have influenced the Vikings or vice versa. But the fact remains the same: religious similarities are still there.