Runes (CC)

Of the many cause to the start of the Middle Ages, the Vikings
were a big cause. Stories of the Vikings traveled all over Europe
and their reputation of pillaging towns and cities expanded. Not
only did the Vikings raid people, they were explorers and merchants.
They were described as evil and bloodthirsty, among other things.
On raids, they came quickly, attacked, pillaged, and left the remains burning. Vikings learned to write, their language was made up of
runes, like the example to the right.

Viking Villages
Vikings also settled down into villages. These villages usually started off as ports or outposts. Each village was divided into different social classes (like in the middle ages). Each villages was ruled by a chief or king. But the chiefs or kings weren't in their own social class. There were three. Nobles, freemen, and slaves. Nobles included Chiefs or Kings, wealth, or people who were descendants of honored ancestors. Freemen included farmers, merchants, and others who served the ruler or worked for themselves. And finally the slaves. This group included Scandinavians whose ancestors were captured in war and Europeans who were captured
in raids and battles. Most Vikings stayed in one social class their whole life. Most villages had a blacksmith, a farm, a port,
houses, and a hall. Viking buildings were usually stone or wood, with a thatched or shingled roof.

People of the Sea
Vikings (CC)

The Vikings were people of the sea. Since their home land in the Scandinavian countries was surrounded by water, and they lived by fjords and other inlets, sailing became a popular form of transportation. Vikings used tables that gave them their approximate latitude. They also used the sun, moon, and stars to navigate. On cloudy days they supposedly used a special crystal that showed them the sun.

Unlike the Christians that they attacked, they were polytheistic. They prayed to multiple G-ds like
Odin, Freya, Thor, Loki, etc... Each G-d was "in charge" of one thing. Odin was the king, while Thor
was believed as the norse G-d of war. Loki on the other hand was not born from the G-ds, and was
a trickster and shape shifter. According to Norse beliefs Loki brought the downfall of the Norse G-ds.

Viking Voyages (CC)

Viking Expansion (CC)


Created by- Alex on May 25th, 2012
Edited by, Revised by, and Additions made by-Ben on May 28th, 2012
Movie by- Heli on May 28th, 2012