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The one-dimensional image of the Viking

The Norse | Recommended reading | Blot | One-dimensional Image of the Viking | Heathen ‘Soul’

The image of the Viking, as seen in foreign media is rather one dimensional. As an example we can take the shows “The Barbarians” and “The Dark Ages” on The History Channel. They focus on the fighting, the raids, and warfare without any balance with trading, diplomacy, and exploration. They also show the Vikings as dirty, which they weren’t. They were very particular about their appearance. They also treated women better in many ways than shown in media. (I’ll add more here as I go)

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