Were The Vikings Really As Strong As They Are Portrayed?

The Viking Warrior

In history, Vikings are known as one of the bravest warriors that do not fear death. But is that really true, or do we just think like that because of today’s popular TV shows and video games?

Vikings were people with their own religion and own beliefs, so naturally, this played a huge role on their fearlessness. For the most part, they were farmers and stayed in their homeland, but when the “Viking Age” came and they started raiding lands far from their homeland.

They raided for several reasons, but mostly it was for the loot or land, while others were more adventurous and were seeking fame and glory. The Vikings extended their reach and started attacking nearby kingdoms, such as the kingdoms West from their homeland and sometimes the ones that were in the East. Their first target were the English Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, which weren’t united under one rule and were in constant conflict between each other. They were weak and they weren’t organized.

The Norsemen weren’t well known and they came by sea which carried with them the element of surprise. There was no one to warn the English about the upcoming attacks. English monasteries, villages and even small cities were attacked by these unknown Vikings.

What Made them Superior?

These Vikings were barbaric to the English people and the people were slightly scared of them. Fear was ruling over the people because they could have been attacked at any time, and no one could defend them because these Vikings came out of nowhere.

The Vikings had the element of surprise, they could catch people off guard. Because of the low organization from the Englishman and the fast moving ships of the Vikings, their reaction time was slow, which means that a village could be raided and they could be gone in less then a day.

The Norseman never fought a fair battle against the other Kingdoms. Every time they fought them it was a surprise attack or it was a low organized army sent by the Anglo-Saxons which made them easy targets. If they fought a fair battle how good would they be? Most of the battles in the early and middle Viking age were like this.

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