Quick Guide: The Viking Apocalypse

The End of the Vikings

The Vikings; A Unspoken Culture

The Vikings were a fascinating people who wouldn’t have actually called themselves ‘vikings’. These Scandinavians who lived around AD 700 to 1100 were dubbed ‘viking’, which means ‘pirate’ or ‘raider’ in Norse. They were known for raiding towns and villages as well as being explorers and voyagers. Two popular voyagers from the unspoken viking culture were Erik the Red and his son Lief, who discovered Greenland and Iceland.

As lawmakers, artists, pagans, farmers, and the creator of runes, they also made incredible weapons and boats. Despite the Halloween costumes depicting the vikings, they didn’t wear horned helmets.

The vikings also had slaves. And forms of democracy with ‘Ting’; a general assembly that maintained law and order.

What happened to the Vikings?

Nothing, really. Another tale of a unexciting apocalypse. The Catholic Church came into existence and Europe was fortified. Armies were trained, slavery of fellow Christians was frowned upon, Europe became a harder target for the viking raiders (is that superfluous like saying ATM machine? Hmm…) And thus, the vikings stopped raiding and stuck to their homelands. As Europe developed they rebranded the viking farmers as Danes, Swedes, Norwegians, Icelanders and Greenlanders.

Did you know the tale of the viking apocalypse? Did you know the horned helmets depiction is false?

This blog is part of a series to research and identify main contributions to apocalypses throughout history.