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The truth about Vikings: Not the smelly barbarians of legend but silk-clad, blinged-up culture vultures

Viking men were also heavily tattooed but their most striking and fearsome fashion statement was their gnashers. They would file horizontal lines into the enamel on their front teeth and paint in red resin. Gareth says: “That’s like your punk sticking a safety pin through his nose. It would have been very uncomfortable and it’s quite deliberately saying ‘If I’m prepared to do this to myself, what am I going to do to you?’.”

Very Early Viking Burial. The carefully stacked remains of 33 men were buried in the war boat that brought them from Scandinavia to an Estonian island more than a century before the Vikings are thought to have been able to sail across such distances. The archaeologists believe the men died in a battle some time between 700 and 750, perhaps almost as much as a century before the Viking Age officially began. (Courtesy Liina Maldre, University of Tallinn) June 10, 2013, click through

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Viking armor, Norse influence on the Irish.

Statue of Ingolfur Arnarson the Viking Ingólfur Arnarson the first Nordic settler of Iceland. He built his home in (and gave name to ) Reykjavík in the year 874. Made by Einar Jónsson in 1924 and located on Arnarhóll, Reykjavík

Viking house door. The raised platform and the massive threshold protect, to some extend, from flooding and drift snow. The two mythological creatures protect from trolls, and dark elves, who want to steal your shadow, and cast madness into your eyes... Well, so the wise old woman said... Better safe than sorry, right?

That’s the "Scold’s Bridle," a gruesome mask used as punishment for "rude, clamorous woman," who are considered to be spending too much gossiping or quarreling in the Medieval times.

A new study of grave goods in early Viking-era burials in central Norway revealed many Anglo-Saxon artifacts, such as brooches and swords, suggesting people from the area may have been among the first Vikings to raid the British Isles. via Archaeology Magazine FB

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The 13th Warrior (1999)

Absolute B-A movie and possibly the greatest verse ever recited in any media, ever.

Ulfbehrt sword found in Finland. The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Fashioned using smelting techniques that would remain unknown to the Vikings' rivals for centuries, the Ulfbehrt was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made.

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