November 4, 2008.
Here is group for developing a better understanding of the Vikings and who they were, or if you have Viking ancestry or possible Viking ancestry you can discuss that too. Some things I have learned about the Vikings, is that they were not all raiders, a lot of them were traders who traveled in thier ships. A lot of them were not barbaric looking, they kept themselves clean, among viking artifacts that were found were Viking combs, so they kept themselves clean and combed their hair. I suppose though when they were at sea or in battle they could have looked uncleaned and their hair not comb. Those horned helmets were only used for ceremonies, and they ordinarily did not wear those type of helmets except for ceremonies, they had other types of Viking helmets they wore. Many Vikings were not big and tall, it was the high ranking Vikings who were up to six and a half feet tall. The lower Ranking Vikings were of average or smaller heigth this probably was do to poorer nutrition because many of them were at slave status, being slaves to the higher ranking Vikings. I traced one line of my Swedish ancestors back to the 1500's to an Island where they lived in Sweden called "Sollerön" translated it means "Island of the sun". On this Island they have found about 100 to 150 Viking graves which date back to about the years of 800 to 1050. I think they may have found things like Viking Swords there also. I am wondering if those Vikings burried there were my ancestors. The Swedish Vikings went Eastward and into Russia. The Danish and Norwegian Vikings went to places around England and around the U.K. and other places like Normandy.
I'll add more here when I have more time. This is enough for now to get this started.