Warriors from Scandinavia who raided much of coastal Europe in the eighth to tenth centuries. The Vikings traveled in boats with high bows and sterns, carefully designed for either rough seas or calm waters. Eventually some Vikings settled in the countries they plundered and established new societies.
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Part of that lies in the paucity of documentation of what the Vikings actually did during their raids.
One of the reasons the Vikings are viewed so negatively is that their violence could seem wanton or irrational.
More importantly, contends Winroth, the Vikings were acting completely rationally with their raids.
Not only are the Vikings completely misunderstood, he argues, but they may have saved Europe.
Those riches did not disappear, as the Vikings were well integrated in the European trade network.
His appearance accorded with our ideas of the Vikings of old; he was, in fact, of Norwegian descent.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
Thrice—De Valmont's guard shivered as a rush—through shield, hauberk, gorget cleft the Vikings' blade.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
Sigurd the lads call me, said he, and I am thought to be a son to Bui: not yet are all the vikings of Jomsborg dead.
It was the winter before these things befell that the battle with the Jomsborg vikings was fought in Hiorungavag.
He is now the warden of my coasts, and is put there to punish vikings and keep the peace for ye peasants.