I read this excellent post months ago and linked to it was today saw some stupid comment she let through then parried gracefully, so i re-read the article and decided to just reblog the whole post. I could literally reblog almost Anything MG writes with her graphics, writing, research and informative links. Enjoy, Blessings, and always keep a sharp sword at hand…..
There is still much about the Ancient Norse People that we do not know, so much of our current information is an attempt to fill in the gaps (since the Vikings did not write down their history and the Christians destroyed much of their existing culture). History becomes a guessing game where modern day people impose their fantasies and longings upon the past. Some of these fantasies imagine a place where every woman is a blonde haired vixen with a pointy helmet and a chain-mail bra, smashing through the faces of her enemies with sword in hand. Fantasies on the other end of the spectrum paint a picture of a male dominated society where all men fought glorious battles and women existed as mere prizes to be won.
(Very practical battle armor)
The truth is much more nuanced. Not all men fought battles and not all women had a specific…
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