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Viking Age

The Viking Age (793–1066 AD) is a period in European history, especially Northern European and Scandinavian history, following
the Germanic Iron Age.[1] It is the period of history when Scandinavian Norsemen explored Europe by its seas and rivers for trade,
raids, colonization, and conquest. In this period, the Norsemen settled in Norse Greenland, Newfoundland, and present-day Faroe
Islands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Normandy, Scotland, England, Ireland, Isle of Man, the Netherlands, Germany, Ukraine, Russia,
and Turkey.

Viking travellers and colonists were seen at many points in history as brutal raiders. Many historical documents suggest that their
invasion of other countries was retaliation in response to the encroachment upon tribal lands by Christian missionaries, and perhaps
by the Saxon Wars prosecuted by Charlemagne and his kin to the south,[2][3][4][5][6] or were motivated by overpopulation, trade
inequities, and the lack of viable farmland in their homeland.

Information about the Viking Age is drawn largely from what was written about the Vikings by their enemies, and primary sources of
archaeology, supplemented with secondary sources such as the Icelandic Sagas.

Historical considerations
Historical background
Probable causes of Norse expansion
Historic overview
Northwestern Europe
Earldom of Orkney
Kings of the Isles
Eastern Europe
Central Europe
Western and Southern Europe
Frisia and Germany
North America
Old Norse influence on the English language
Trade centres
Settlements outside Scandinavia
Cited sources
Further reading
General surveys
External links

Historical considerations
In England, the beginning of the Viking Age is dated to 8 June 793,[7][8] when Vikings destroyed the abbey on Lindisfarne, a centre
of learning on an island off the northeast coast of England in Northumberland. Monks were killed in the abbey, thrown into the sea to
drown, or carried away as slaves along with the church treasures, giving rise to the traditional (but unattested) prayer—A furore
Normannorum libera nos, Domine, "Free us from the fury of the Northmen, Lord."[9]

Three Viking ships had beached inWeymouth Bay four years earlier (although due to a scribal error the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle dates
this event to 787 rather than 789), but that incursion may have been a trading expedition that went wrong rather than a piratical raid.
Lindisfarne was different. The Viking devastation of Northumbria's Holy Island was reported by the Northumbrian scholar Alcuin of
York, who wrote: "Never before in Britain has such a terror appeared".

Vikings were portrayed as wholly violent and bloodthirsty by their enemies. In medieval English chronicles, they are described as
"wolves among sheep".

The first challenges to the many anti-Viking images in Britain emerged in the 17th century. Pioneering scholarly works on the Viking
Age reached a small readership in Britain. Linguistics traced the Viking Age origins of rural idioms and proverbs. New dictionaries
of the Old Norse language enabled more Victorians to read the Icelandic Sagas.

In Scandinavia, the 17th-century Danish scholars Thomas Bartholin and Ole Worm and Swedish scholar Olaus Rudbeck were the
first to use runic inscriptions and Icelandic Sagas as primary historical sources. During the Enlightenment and Nordic Renaissance,
historians such as the Icelandic-Norwegian Thormodus Torfæus, Danish-Norwegian Ludvig Holberg, and Swedish Olof von Dalin
developed a more "rational" and "pragmatic" approach to historical scholarship.

By the latter half of the 18th century, while the Icelandic sagas were still used as important historical sources, the Viking Age had
again come to be regarded as a barbaric and uncivilised period in the history of the Nordic countries.

Scholars outside Scandinavia did not begin to extensively reassess the achievements of the Vikings until the 1890s, recognising their
artistry, technological skills, and seamanship.[11]

Until recently, the history of the Viking Age had largely been based on Icelandic Sagas, the history of the Danes written by Saxo
Grammaticus, the Kievan Rus's Primary Chronicle, and The War of the Irish with the Foreigners. Today, most scholars take these
texts as sources not to be understood literally and are relying more on concrete archaeological findings, numismatics, and other direct
scientific disciplines and methods.[12][13]

Historical background
The Vikings who invaded western and eastern Europe were mainly pagans from the
same area as present-day Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. They also settled in the
Faroe Islands, Ireland, Iceland, peripheral Scotland (Caithness, the Hebrides and the
Northern Isles), Greenland, and Canada.

Their North Germanic language, Old Norse, became the mother-tongue of present-
Viking voyages in the North Atlantic
day Scandinavian languages. By 801, a strong central authority appears to have been
established in Jutland, and the Danes were beginning to look beyond their own
territory for land, trade, and plunder.

In Norway, mountainous terrain and fjords formed strong natural boundaries. Communities remained independent of each other,
unlike the situation in Denmark, which is lowland. By 800, some 30 small kingdoms existed in Norway

The sea was the easiest way of communication between the Norwegian kingdoms and the outside world. In the eighth century,
Scandinavians began to build ships of war and send them on raiding expeditions which started the Viking Age. The North Sea rovers
were traders, colonisers, explorers, and plunderers.

Probable causes of Norse expansion

Many theories are posited for the cause of the Viking invasions; the will to explore likely played a major role. At the time, England,
Wales, and Ireland were vulnerable to attack, being divided into many dif
ferent warring kingdoms in a state of internal disarray
, while
the Franks were well defended. Overpopulation, especially near the Scandes, was possibly influential (this theory regarding
overpopulation is disputed).[14] Technological advance like the use of iron, or a shortage of women due to selective female
infanticide also had an impact.[15] Tensions caused by Frankish expansion to the south of Scandinavia, and their subsequent attacks
upon the Viking peoples, may have also played a role in Viking pillaging. Harald I of Norway ("Harald Fairhair") had united Norway
around this time and displaced many peoples. As a result, these people sought for new bases to launch counter
-raids against Harald.

Vikings would plant crops after the winter and go raiding as soon as the ice melted on the sea, then return home with their loot in
time to harvest the crops.

Debate among scholars is ongoing as to why the Scandinavians began to expand

from the eighth through 11th centuries.

Demographic model
This model suggests that Scandinavia experienced a
population boom just before the Viking Age began.[16]
The agricultural capacity of the land was not enough to
keep up with the increasing population.[17] As a result,
many Scandinavians found themselves with no property Viking expansion in Europe between
and no status. To remedy this, these landless men took the eighth and 11th centuries: The
to piracy to obtain material wealth. The population yellow colour corresponds to the
continued to grow, and the pirates looked further and expansion of the Normans, only
further beyond the borders of the Baltic, and eventually partly descending from the Vikings
into all of Europe.[18]

Economic Model
The economic model states that the Viking Age was the result of growing urbanism and
trade throughout mainland Europe. As the Islamic world grew, so did its trade routes, and the
wealth which moved along them was pushed further and further north.[19] In Western
Europe, proto-urban centres such as the -wich town of Anglo-Saxon England began to boom
during the prosperous era known as the "Long Eighth Century".[20] The Scandinavians, like
many other Europeans, were drawn to these wealthier "urban" centres, which soon became
frequent targets of Viking raids. The connection of the Scandinavians to larger and richer
trade networks lured the Vikings into Western Europe, and soon the rest of Europe and parts
of the Middle East. In England, hoards of Viking silver, such as the Cuerdale Hoard and the
Vale of York Hoard, offer good insight to this phenomenon.

Ideological model
This era coincided with the Medieval Warm Period (800–1300) and stopped with the start of
the Little Ice Age (about 1250–1850). The start of the Viking Age, with the sack of
Lindisfarne, also coincided with Charlemagne's Saxon Wars, or Christian wars with pagans
in Saxony. Historians Rudolf Simek and Bruno Dumézil theorise that the Viking attacks may
have been in response to the spread of Christianity among pagan peoples.[2][3][4][5][6]
Professor Rudolf Simek believes, "it is not a coincidence if the early Viking activity occurred
during the reign of Charlemagne".[2][21] Because of the penetration of Christianity in
Scandinavia, serious conflict divided Norway for almost a century.[22]

Political model
The first of two main components to the political model is the external "Pull" factor, which
suggests that the weak political bodies of Britain and Western Europe made for an attractive
target for Viking raiders. The reasons for these weaknesses vary, but generally can be
simplified into decentralized polities, or religious sites. As a result, Viking raiders found it
easy to sack and then retreat from these areas which were thus frequently raided. The
second case is the internal "Push" factor, which coincides with a period just before the Viking
Age in which Scandinavia was undergoing a mass centralization of power in the modern-day
countries of Denmark, Sweden, and especially Norway. This centralization of power forced
hundreds of chieftains from their lands, which were slowly being eaten up by the kings and
dynasties that began to emerge. As a result, many of these chiefs sought refuge elsewhere,
and began harrying the coasts of the British Isles and Western Europe.[23]

Technological model
This model suggests that the Viking Age occurred as a result of technological innovations
that allowed the Vikings to go on their raids in the first place.[24] There is no doubt that piracy
existed in the Baltic before the Viking Age, but developments in sailing technology and
practice made it possible for early Viking raiders to attack lands farther away.[25] Among
these developments are included the use of larger sails, tacking practices, and 24-hour

These models constitute much of what is known about the motivations for and the causes of the Viking Age. In all likelihood, the
beginning of this age was the result of some combination of the aforementioned models.

Historic overview
The earliest date given for a Viking raid is 789, when according to the Anglo-Saxon
Chronicle, a group of men from Norway sailed to the Isle of Portland in Dorset (it
was wrongly recorded as 787). They were mistaken for merchants by a royal
official. When asked to come to the king's manor to pay a trading tax on their goods,
they murdered the official.[26] The beginning of the Viking Age in the British Isles is
often set at 793. It was recorded in the Anglo–Saxon Chronicle that the Northmen
raided the important island monastery of Lindisfarne (the generally accepted date is
actually 8 June, not January[8]):

A.D. 793. This year came dreadful fore-warnings over the land of
the Northumbrians, terrifying the people most woefully: these were
immense sheets of light rushing through the air, and whirlwinds, and
fiery dragons flying across the firmament. These tremendous tokens Viking-era towns of Scandinavia

were soon followed by a great famine: and not long after, on the
sixth day before the ides of January in the same year, the harrowing
inroads of heathen men made lamentable havoc in the church of God
in Holy-island (Lindisfarne), by rapine and slaughter.

— Anglo Saxon Chronicle.[27]

In 794, according to the Annals of Ulster, a serious attack was made on Lindisfarne's mother-house of Iona, which was followed in
795 by raids upon the northern coast of Ireland. From bases there, the Norsemen attacked Iona again in 802, causing great slaughter
amongst the Céli Dé Brethren, and burning the abbey to the ground.
The Kingdom of the Franks under Charlemagne was particularly devastated by these
raiders, who could sail up the Seine with near impunity. Near the end of
Charlemagne's reign (and throughout the reigns of his sons and grandsons), a string
of Norse raids began, culminating in a gradual Scandinavian conquest and settlement
of the region now known asNormandy.

The clinker-built longships used by the Scandinavians were uniquely suited to both
deep and shallow waters. They extended the reach of Norse raiders, traders, and
settlers along coastlines and along the major river valleys of north-western Europe. Viking expeditions (blue line):
Rurik also expanded to the east, and in 859 became ruler either by conquest or depicting the immense breadth of
invitation by local people of the city of Novgorod (which means "new city") on the their voyages through most of
Volkhov River. His successors moved further, founding the early East Slavic state of Europe, the Mediterranean Sea,
Kievan Rus' with the capital in Kiev. This persisted until 1240, when the Mongols Northern Africa, Asia Minor, the
Arctic, and North America. Lower
invaded Russia.
Normandy, depicted as a ″Viking
territory in 911″, was not part of the
Other Norse people, particularly those from the area that is now modern-day Sweden
lands granted by the king of the
and Norway, continued south to the Black Sea and then on to Constantinople.
Franks to Rollo in 911, but Upper
Whenever these Viking ships ran aground in shallow waters, the Vikings reportedly Normandy.
turned them on their sides and dragged them across the shallows into deeper waters.
The eastern connections of these "Varangians" brought Byzantine silk, coins from
Samarkand, even a cowrie shell from the Red Sea, to Viking York.

In 884, an army of Danish Vikings was defeated at the Battle of Norditi (also called the Battle of Hilgenried Bay) on the Germanic
North Sea coast by a Frisian army under Archbishop Rimbert of Bremen-Hamburg, which precipitated the complete and permanent
withdrawal of the Vikings from East Frisia.

In 911, French King Charles the Simple was able to make an agreement with the Viking warleader Rollo, a chieftain of disputed
Norwegian or Danish origins.[28] Charles gave Rollo the title of duke and granted his followers and him possession of Normandy. In
return, Rollo swore fealty to Charles, converted to Christianity, and undertook to defend the northern region of France against the
incursions of other Viking groups. Several generations later, the Norman descendants of these Viking settlers not only identified
themselves as Norman, but also carried the Norman language (a Romance language with Germanic influence), and their Norman
culture, into England in 1066. With the Norman Conquest, they became the ruling aristocracy ofAnglo–Saxon England.

In Scandinavia, the Viking age is considered to have ended with the establishment of royal authority in the Scandinavian countries
and the establishment of Christianity as the dominant religion.The date is usually put somewhere in the early 11th century in all three
Scandinavian countries. The end of the Viking era in Norway is marked by the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030. Although Olafr
Haraldsson's (later known as Olav the Holy) army lost the battle, Christianity spread, partly on the strength of rumours of miraculous
signs after his death. Norwegians would no longer be called Vikings. In Sweden, the reign of king Olov Skötkonung (c. 995–1020) is
considered to be the transition from the Viking age to the Middle Ages, because he was the first Christian king of the Swedes, and he
is associated with a growing influence of the church in what is today southwestern and central Sweden.

The end of the Viking Age is traditionally marked in England by the failed invasion attempted by the Norwegian king Harald III
(Haraldr Harðráði), who was defeated by Saxon King Harold Godwinson in 1066 at the Battle of Stamford Bridge; in Ireland, the
capture of Dublin by Strongbow and his Hiberno-Norman forces in 1171; and 1263 in Scotland by the defeat of King Hákon
Hákonarson at the Battle of Largs by troops loyal to Alexander III. Godwinson was subsequently defeated within a month by another
Viking descendant, William, Duke of Normandy. Scotland took its present form when it regained territory from the Norse between
the 13th and the 15th centuries; the Western Isles and the Isle of Man remained under Scandinavian authority until 1266. Orkney and
Shetland belonged to the king of Norway as late as 1469.
Northwestern Europe

According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, Viking raiders struck England in 793 and
raided Lindisfarne, the monastery that held Saint Cuthbert's relics. The raiders killed
the monks and captured the valuables. The raid marks the beginning of the "Viking
Age of Invasion", made possible by the Viking longship. Great but sporadic violence
occurred from the last decade of the eighth century on England's northern and
eastern shores; Viking raids continued on a small scale across coastal England.
While the initial raiding groups were small, a great amount of planning is believed to
have been involved. The Norwegians raided during the winter of 840–841, rather
Anglo-Saxon-Viking coin weight,
than the usual summer, having waited on an island off Ireland. In 850, Vikings
used for trading bullion and
overwintered for the first time in England, on the island of Thanet, Kent. In 854, a
hacksilver: Material is lead and
raiding party overwintered a second time, at the Isle of Sheppey in the Thames weighs around 36 g (1.3 oz). It is
estuary. In 864, they reverted to Thanet for their winter encampment. embedded with an Anglo-Saxon
sceat (Series K type 32a) dating to
The following year, the Great Heathen Army, led by brothers Ivar the Boneless 720–750 and minted in Kent. It is
(Halfdan and Ubba), and also by another Viking Guthrum, arrived in East Anglia. edged in a dotted triangle pattern.
They proceeded to cross England into Northumbria and captured York, establishing Origin is the Danelaw region and
the Viking community of Jorvik, where some settled as farmers and craftsmen. Most dates to 870–930.

of the English kingdoms, being in turmoil, could not stand against the Vikings. In
867, Northumbria became the northern kingdom of the coalescing Danelaw, after its
conquest by the brothers Halfdan Ragnarsson and Ivar the Boneless, who installed an Englishman, Ecgberht, as a puppet king. By
870, the "Great Summer Army" arrived in England, led by a Viking leader called Bagsecg and his five earls. Aided by the Great
Heathen Army (which had already overrun much of England from its base in Jorvik), Bagsecg's forces, and Halfdan's forces (through
an alliance), the combined Viking forces raided much of England until 871, when they planned an invasion of Wessex. On 8 January
871, Bagsecg was killed at theBattle of Ashdown along with his earls. As a result, many of the Vikings returned to northern England,
where Jorvic had become the centre of the Viking kingdom, but Alfred of Wessex managed to keep them out of his country. Alfred
and his successors continued to drive back the V
iking frontier and take York. A new wave of Norwegian Vikings appeared in England
in 947 when Eric Bloodaxe captured York.

In 1003, the Danish King Sweyn Forkbeard started a series of raids against England. This culminated in a full-scale invasion that led
to Sweyn being crowned king of England in 1013.[30][31] Sweyn was also king of Denmark and parts of Norway at this time.[32] The
throne of England passed toEdmund Ironside of Wessex after Sweyn's death in 1014. Sweyn's son, Cnut the Great, won the throne of
England in 1016 through conquest. When Cnut the Great died in 1035 he was a king
of Denmark, England, Norway, and parts of Sweden.[33][34] Harold Harefoot
became king of England after Cnut's death, and V
iking rule of England ceased.

The Viking presence dwindled until 1066, when the invading Norsemen lost their
final battle with the English at Stamford Bridge. Nineteen days later, the Normans,
themselves descended from Norsemen, invaded England and defeated the weakened
English army at the Battle of Hastings.

In 1152, Eystein II of Norway led a plundering raid down the east coast of

The Anglo-Saxon dioceses before
The Vikings pillaged monasteries on Ireland's west coast in 795, and then spread out
925: Normal diocesan life was
to cover the rest of the coastline. The north and east of the island were most affected.
greatly disrupted in England during
During the first 40 years, the raids were conducted by small, mobile Viking groups. the Viking Age.
By 830, the groups consisted of large fleets of Viking ships. From 840, the Vikings
began establishing permanent bases at the coasts. Dublin was the most significant
settlement in the long term. The Irish became accustomed to the Viking presence. In
some cases, they became allies and married each other

In 832, a Viking fleet of about 120 invaded kingdoms on Ireland's northern and
eastern coasts. Some believe that the increased number of invaders coincided with
Scandinavian leaders' desires to control the profitable raids on the western shores of
Ireland. During the mid-830s, raids began to push deeper into Ireland, as opposed to
just touching the coasts. Navigable waterways made this deeper penetration possible.
After 840, the Vikings had several bases in strategic locations dispersed throughout

In 838, a small Viking fleet entered the River Liffey in eastern Ireland. The Vikings
set up a base, which the Irish called a longphort. This longphort eventually became
Dublin. After this interaction, the Irish experienced Viking forces for about 40 years.
The Vikings also established longphorts in Cork, Limerick, Waterford, and Wexford.
The Vikings could sail through on the main river and branch off into different areas Fire-gilded dragon's head from
of the country. Ireland, found in a Viking grave at
Stavanger, Norway (Nationalmuseet,
Norwegian Vikings and other Scandinavians conducted extensive raids in Ireland. Copenhagen)
They founded Limerick in 812, then established Waterford in 853, founded the only
Viking capital city in the world outside the Nordic countries in Dublin, and founded
trading ports in Cork in the 9th century. Predominantly Norwegians, and to a smaller extent other Scandinavians, settled down and
intermixed with the Irish. Literature, crafts, and decorative styles in Ireland and Britain reflected West Norse culture. Vikings traded
at Irish markets in Dublin and solidified Dublin as an important city. Excavations found imported fabrics from England, Byzantium,
Persia, and central Asia. Dublin became so crowded by the 1th
1 century that houses were constructed outside the town walls.

One of the last major battles involving Vikings was the Battle of Clontarf on 23 April 1014, in which Vikings fought both for the
Irish over-king Brian Boru's army and for the Viking-led army opposing him. Irish and Viking literature depict the Battle of Clontarf
as a gathering of this world and the supernatural, including witches, goblins, and demons. A Viking poem portrays the environment
as strongly pagan, with chanting Valkyries deciding who would live and who would die.

While few records are known, the Vikings are thought to have led their first raids in Scotland on the holy island of Iona in 794, the
year following the raid on the other holy island of Lindisfarne, Northumbria.

In 839, a large Norse fleet invaded via the River Tay and River Earn, both of which were highly navigable, and reached into the heart
of the Pictish kingdom of Fortriu. They defeated Eogán mac Óengusa, king of the Picts, his brother Bran, and the king of the Scots of
Dál Riata, Áed mac Boanta, along with many members of the Pictish aristocracy in battle. The sophisticated kingdom that had been
built fell apart, as did the Pictish leadership, which had been stable for more than 100 years since the time of Óengus mac Fergusa
(The accession of Cináed mac Ailpín as king of both Picts and Scots can be attributed to the aftermath of this event).

Earldom of Orkney
By the mid-9th century, the Norsemen had settled in Shetland, Orkney (the Nordreys- Norðreyjar), the Hebrides and Isle of Man, (the
Sudreys- Suðreyjar—this survives in the Diocese of Sodor and Man) and parts of mainland Scotland. The Norse settlers were to some
extent integrating with the local Gaelic population (see Norse-Gaels) in the Hebrides and Man. These areas were ruled over by local
Jarls, originally captains of ships orhersirs. The Jarl of Orkney and Shetland, however, claimed supremacy.

In 875, King Harald Fairhair led a fleet from Norway to Scotland. In his attempt to unite Norway, he found that many of those
opposed to his rise to power had taken refuge in the Isles. From here, they were raiding not only foreign lands but were also attacking
Norway itself. He organised a fleet and was able ot subdue the rebels, and in doing so brought the independent Jarls under his control,
many of the rebels having fled to Iceland. He found himself ruling not only Norway
, but also the Isles, Man, and parts of Scotland.

Kings of the Isles

In 876, the Norse-Gaels of Mann and the Hebrides rebelled against Harald. A fleet was sent against them led by Ketil Flatnose to
regain control. On his success, Ketil was to rule the Sudreys as a vassal of King Harald. His grandson Thorstein the Red and Sigurd
the Mighty, Jarl of Orkney invaded Scotland were able to exact tribute from nearly half the kingdom until their deaths in battle. Ketil
declared himself King of the Isles. Ketil was eventually outlawed and fearing the bounty on his head fled to Iceland.

The Norse-Gaelic Kings of the Isles continued to act semi independently, in 973 forming a defensive pact with the Kings of Scotland
and Strathclyde. In 1095, the King of Mann and the Isles Godred Crovan was killed by Magnus Barelegs, King of Norway. Magnus
and King Edgar of Scotland agreed on a treaty. The islands would be controlled by Norway, but mainland territories would go to
Scotland. The King of Norway nominally continued to be king of the Isles and Man. However, in 1156, The kingdom was split into
two. The Western Isles and Man continued as to be called the "Kingdom of Man and the Isles", but the
Inner Hebrides came under the
influence of Somerled, a Gaelic speaker, who was styled 'King of the Hebrides'. His kingdom was to develop latterly into the
Lordship of the Isles.

In eastern Aberdeenshire, the Danes invaded at least as far north as the area nearCruden Bay.[36]

The Jarls of Orkney continued to rule much of northern Scotland until 1196, when Harald Maddadsson agreed to pay tribute to
William the Lion, King of Scots, for his territories on themainland.

The end of the Viking age proper in Scotland is generally considered to be in 1266. In 1263, King Haakon IV of Norway, in
retaliation for a Scots expedition to Skye, arrived on the west coast with a fleet from Norway and Orkney. His fleet linked up with
those of King Magnus of Man and King Dougal of the Hebrides. After peace talks failed, his forces met with the Scots at Largs, in
Ayrshire. The battle proved indecisive, but it did ensure that the Norse were not able to mount a further attack that year. Haakon died
overwintering in Orkney, and by 1266, his son Magnus the Law-menderceded the Kingdom of Man and the Isles, with all territories
on mainland Scotland to Alexander III, through theTreaty of Perth.

Orkney and Shetland continued to be ruled as autonomous Jarldoms under Norway until 1468, when King Christian I pledged them
as security on the dowry of his daughter, who was betrothed to James III of Scotland. Although attempts were made during the 17th
and 18th centuries to redeem Shetland, without success,[37] and Charles II ratifying the pawning in the 1669 Act for annexation of
Orkney and Shetland to the Crown, explicitly exempting them from any "dissolution of His Majesty's lands",[38] they are currently
considered as being officially part of the United Kingdom.[39][40]
Incursions in Wales were decisively reversed at the Battle of Buttington in Powys, 893, when a combined Welsh and Mercian army
under Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians, defeated a Danish band.

Wales was not colonised by the Vikings as heavily as eastern England. The Vikings did, however, settle in the south around St.
David's, Haverfordwest, and Gower, among other places. Place names such as Skokholm, Skomer, and Swansea remain as evidence
of the Norse settlement.[41] The Vikings, however, did not subdue the Welsh mountain kingdoms.

According to Sagas, Iceland was discovered by Naddodd, a Viking from the Faroe Islands, after which it was settled by mostly
Norwegians fleeing the oppressive rule of Harald Fairhair (late 9th century). While harsh, the land allowed for a pastoral farming life
familiar to the Norse. According to the saga of Erik the Red, when Erik was exiled from Iceland, he sailed west and pioneered

The Viking-Age settlements in Greenland were established in the sheltered fjords of
the southern and western coast. They settled in three separate areas along roughly
650 km (350 nmi; 400 mi) of the western coast. While harsh, the microclimates
along some fjords allowed for a pastoral lifestyle similar to that of Iceland, until the
climate changed for the worse with theLittle Ice Age around 1400.[42]

The Eastern Settlement: The remains of about 450 farms have been
found here. Erik the Red settled at Brattahlid on Ericsfjord.
The Middle Settlement, near modern Ivigtut, consisted of about 20
The last written records of theNorse
The Western Settlement at modern Godthåbsfjord, was established Greenlanders are from a 1408
before the 12th century. It has been extensively excavated by
archaeologists. marriage in the Church of Hvalsey.

Kvenland, known as Cwenland, Kænland, and similar terms in medieval sources, is an ancient name for an area in Scandinavia and
Fennoscandia. A contemporary reference to Kvenland is provided in an Old English account written in the 9th century. It used the
information provided by the Norwegian adventurer and traveller named Ohthere. Kvenland, in that or close to that spelling, is also
known from Nordic sources, primarily Icelandic, but also one that was possibly written in the modern-day area of Norway

All the remaining Nordic sources discussing Kvenland, using that or close to that spelling, date to the 12th and 13th centuries, but
some of them—in part at least—are believed to be rewrites of older texts. Other references and possible references to Kvenland by
other names and/or spellings are discussed in the main article ofKvenland.

Eastern Europe
The Varangians or Varyags (Russian, Ukrainian: варяги, varyagi; Belarusian: варагі, varahi; Greek: Βάραγγοι, Βαριάγοι, Varangoi)
sometimes referred to as Variagians were Scandinavians, often Swedes, who migrated eastwards and southwards through what is now
Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine mainly in the 9th and 10th centuries. Engaging in trade, piracy, and mercenary activities, they roamed
the river systems and portages of Gardariki, reaching the Caspian Sea and Constantinople. Contemporary English publications also
use the name "Viking" for early Varangians in some contexts.[43][44]
The term Varangian remained in usage in the Byzantine Empire until the 13th century, largely disconnected from its Scandinavian
roots by then. Having settled Aldeigja (Ladoga) in the 750s, Scandinavian colonists were probably an element in the early
ethnogenesis of the Rus' people, and likely played a role in the formation of the Rus' Khaganate.[45][46] The Varangians (Varyags, in
Old East Slavic) are first mentioned by the Primary Chronicle as having exacted tribute from the Slavic and Finnic tribes in 859. It
was the time of rapid expansion of the Vikings in Northern Europe; England began to pay Danegeld in 859, and the Curonians of
Grobin faced an invasion by the Swedes at about the same date.

In 862, the Finnic and Slavic tribes rebelled against the Varangian Rus, driving them
overseas back to Scandinavia, but soon started to conflict with each other. The
disorder prompted the tribes to invite back the Varangian Rus "to come and rule
them" and bring peace to the region. This was a somewhat bilateral relation with the
Varagians defending the cities that they ruled. Led by Rurik and his brothers Truvor
and Sineus, the invited Varangians (called Rus') settled around the town of
Novgorod (Holmgard).

In the 9th century, the Rus' operated the Volga trade route, which connected
Guests from Overseas, Nicholas Northern Russia (Gardariki) with the Middle East (Serkland). As the Volga route
Roerich (1899) declined by the end of the century, the Trade route from the Varangians to the
Greeks rapidly overtook it in popularity. Apart from Ladoga and Novgorod,
Gnezdovo and Gotland were major centres for Varangian trade.[47]

Western historians tend to agree with the Primary Chronicle that these Scandinavians founded Kievan Rus' in the 880s and gave their
name to the land.[48] Many Slavic scholars are opposed to this theory of Germanic influence on the Rus' and have suggested
alternative scenarios for this part of Eastern European history

In contrast to the intense Scandinavian influence in Normandy and the British Isles, Varangian culture did not survive to a great
extent in the East. Instead, the Varangian ruling classes of the two powerful city-states of Novgorod and Kiev were thoroughly
Slavicised by the end of the 10th century. Old Norse was spoken in one district of Novgorod, however
, until the 13th century.

Central Europe
Viking Age Scandinavian settlements were set up along the southern coast of the
Baltic Sea, primarily for trade purposes. Their appearance coincides with the
settlement and consolidation of the Slavic tribes in the respective areas.[49]
Scandinavians had contacts to the Slavs since their very immigration, these first
contacts were soon followed by both the construction of Scandinavian emporia and
Slavic burghs in their vicinity.[50] The Scandinavian settlements were larger than the
early Slavic ones, their craftsmen had a considerably higher productivity, and in
contrast to the early Slavs, the Scandinavians were capable of seafaring.[50] Their
importance for trade with the Slavic world however was limited to the coastal
regions and their hinterlands.[51]

Scandinavian settlements at the Mecklenburgian coast include Reric (Groß

Strömkendorf) on the eastern coast of Wismar Bay,[52] and Dierkow (near
Rostock).[53] Reric was set up around the year 700,[52] but following later warfare
between Obodrites and Danes, the merchants were resettled to Haithabu.[53]
Dierkow prospered from the late 8th to the early 9th century

Stone ships at Altes Lager Menzlin

Scandinavian settlements at the Pomeranian coast include Wolin (on the isle of
Wolin), Ralswiek (on the isle of Rügen), Altes Lager Menzlin (at the lower Peene
river),[54] and Bardy-Świelubie near modern Kołobrzeg.[55] Menzlin was set up in
the mid-8th century.[52] Wolin and Ralswiek began to prosper in the course of the 9th century.[53] A merchants' settlement has also
been suggested near Arkona, but no archeological evidence supports this theory.[56] Menzlin and Bardy-Świelubie were vacated in
the late 9th century,[57] Ralswiek made it into the new millennium, but at the time when written chronicles reported the site in the
12th century it had lost all its importance.[53] Wolin, thought to be identical with legendary Vineta and semilegendary Jomsborg, base
of the Jomsvikings, was destroyed by the Danes in the 12th century

Scandinavian arrowheads from the 8th and 9th centuries were found between the coast and the lake chains in the Mecklenburgian and
Pomeranian hinterlands, pointing at periods of warfare between the Scandinavians and Slavs.

Scandinavian settlements existed along the southeastern Baltic coast in Truso and Kaup (Old Prussia), and in Grobin (Courland,

Western and Southern Europe

Frisia and Germany

The French region of Normandy takes its name from the Viking invaders who were called Normanni, which means ‘men of the
North'. Today, nordmann (pron. Norman) in theNorwegian language, denotes a Norwegian person.

The first Viking raids began between 790 and 800 along the coasts of western France. They were carried out primarily in the summer,
as the Vikings wintered in Scandinavia. Several coastal areas were lost to Francia during the reign of Louis the Pious (814–840). But
the Vikings took advantage of the quarrels in the royal family caused after the death of Louis the Pious to settle their first colony in
the south-west (Gascony) of the kingdom of Francia, which was more or less abandoned by the Frankish kings after their two defeats
at Roncevaux. The incursions in 841 caused severe damage to Rouen and Jumièges. The Viking attackers sought to capture the
treasures stored at monasteries, easy prey given the monks' lack of defensive capacity. In 845 an expedition up the Seine reached
Paris. The presence of Carolingian deniers of ca 847, found in 1871 among a hoard at Mullaghboden, County Limerick, where coins
were neither minted nor normally used in trade, probably represents booty from the raids of 843–6.[58] After 851, Vikings began to
stay in the lower Seine valley for the winter. Twice more in the 860s Vikings rowed to Paris, leaving only when they acquired
sufficient loot or bribes from theCarolingian rulers.

The Carolingian kings tended to have contradictory politics, which had severe consequences. In 867, Charles the Bald signed the
Treaty of Compiègne, by which he agreed to yield the Cotentin Peninsula to the Breton king Salomon, on the condition that Salomon
would take an oath of fidelity and fight as an ally against the Vikings. Nevertheless, in 911 the Viking leader Rollo forced Charles the
Simple to sign the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte, under which Charles gave Rouen and the area of present-day Upper Normandy to
Rollo, establishing the Duchy of Normandy. In exchange, Rollo pledged vassalage to Charles in 940, agreed to be baptised, and
vowed to guard the estuaries of the Seine from further Viking attacks, even though the exact opposite was often the case. The Duchy
of Normandy also annexed further areas in Northern France, expanding the territory which was originally negotiated.

While many buildings were pillaged, burned, or destroyed by the Viking raids, ecclesiastical sources may have been overly negative
as no city was completely destroyed. On the other hand, many monasteries were pillaged and all the abbeys were destroyed. Rollo
and his successors brought about rapid recoveries from the raids.

The Scandinavian colonization was principally Norwegian and Danish under the leadership of Rollo. A few Swedes were present.
The merging of the Scandinavian and native elements contributed to the creation of one of the most powerful feudal states of Western
Europe. The naval ability of the Normans would allow them to conquer England and southern Italy, and play a key role in the

In 860, according to an account by the Norman monk Dudo of Saint-Quentin, a Viking fleet, probably under Björn Ironside and
Hastein, landed at the Ligurian port of Luni and sacked the city. The Vikings then moved another 60 miles down the Tuscan coast to
the mouth of the Arno, sacking Pisa and then, following the river upstream, also the hill-town of Fiesole above Florence; and others
victory around the Mediterranean (including in Sicily and North Africa).

Many Anglo-Danish and Varangian mercenaries fought in Southern Italy, including Harald Hardrada and William de Hauteville who
conquered parts of Sicily between 1038 and 1040,[60][61] and Edgar the Ætheling who participated in the Norman conquest of
southern Italy.[62] Runestones were raised in Sweden in memory of warriors who died in Langbarðaland (Land of the Lombards), the
Old Norse name for southern Italy.[63]

After 842, when the Vikings set up a permanent base at the mouth of the Loire river,
they could strike as far as northern Spain.[64] They attacked Cádiz in 844. In some of
their raids they were crushed either by Kingdom of Asturias or Emirate armies.
These Vikings were Hispanicised in all Christian kingdoms, while they kept their
ethnic identity and culture inAl-Andalus.[65]

In 1015, a Viking fleet entered the river Minho and sacked the episcopal city of Tui
(Galicia); no new bishop was appointed until 1070.[66]

In 844, many dozens of drakkars appeared in the "Mar da Palha" ("the Sea of
Straw", mouth of the Tagus river). After a siege, the Vikings conquered Lisbon (at
the time, the city was under Muslim rule and known asLashbuna). They left after 13
days, following a resistance led by Alah Ibn Hazm and the city's inhabitants.
Another raid was attempted in 966, without success.

Statue in Catoira, Galicia,

North America commemorating the Viking invasions

In about 986, the Norwegian Vikings Bjarni Herjólfsson, Leif Ericson and Þórfinnr
Karlsefni from Greenland reachedNorth America, over 500 years beforeChristopher Columbus, and they attempted to settle the land
they called Vinland. They created a small settlement on the northern peninsula of present-day Newfoundland, near L'Anse aux
Meadows. Conflict with indigenous peoples and lack of support from Greenland brought the Vinland colony to an end within a few
years. The archaeological remains are now aUNESCO World Heritage Site.[67]

Old Norse influence on the English language

The long-term linguistic effect of the Viking settlements in England was threefold: over a thousand Old Norse words eventually
became part of Standard English; numerous places in the East and North-east of England have Danish names, and many English
personal names are of Scandinavian origin.[68] Scandinavian words that entered the English language included landing, score, beck,
fellow, take, busting and steersman.[68] The vast majority of loan words did not appear in documents until the early 12th century;
these included many modern words which used sk- sounds, such as skirt, sky, and skin; other words appearing in written sources at
this time included again, awkward, birth, cake, dregs, fog, freckles, gasp, law, moss, neck, ransack, root, scowl, sister, seat, sly, smile,
want, weak and window from Old Norse meaning "wind-eye".[68] Some of the words that came into use are among the most common
in English, such as to go, to come, to sit, to listen, to eat, both, same, get and give. The system of personal pronouns was affected,
with they, them and their replacing the earlier forms. Old Norse influenced the verb to be; the replacement of sindon by are is almost
certainly Scandinavian in origin, as is the third-person-singular ending-s in the present tense of verbs.[68]
There are more than 1,500 Scandinavian place names in England, mainly in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire (within the former
boundaries of the Danelaw): over 600 end in -by, the Scandinavian word for "village"—for example Grimsby, Naseby and
Whitby;[69] many others end in -thorpe ("farm"), -thwaite ("clearing"), and -toft ("homestead").[68]

The distribution of family names showing Scandinavian influence is still, as an analysis of names ending in -son reveals,
concentrated in the north and east, corresponding to areas of former Viking settlement. Early medieval records indicate that over 60%
of personal names in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire showed Scandinavian influence.[68]

The Vikings were equipped with the technologically superior longships; for purposes
of conducting trade however, another type of ship, the knarr, wider and deeper in
draft, were customarily used. The Vikings were competent sailors, adept in land
warfare as well as at sea, and they often struck at accessible and poorly defended
targets, usually with near impunity. The effectiveness of these tactics earned Vikings
a formidable reputation as raiders and pirates. Chroniclers paid little attention to
Modern replica of a Viking longship
other aspects of medieval Scandinavian culture. This slant was accentuated by the
absence of contemporary primary source documentation from within the Viking Age
communities themselves. Little documentary evidence was available until later, when Christian sources began to contribute. As
historians and archaeologists have developed more resources to challenge the one-sided descriptions of the chroniclers, a more
balanced picture of the Norsemen has become apparent.

The Vikings used their longships to travel vast distances and attain certain tactical advantages in battle. They could perform highly
efficient hit-and-run attacks, in which they quickly approached a target, then left as rapidly as possible before a counter-offensive
could be launched. Because of the ships' negligible draft, the Vikings could sail in shallow waters, allowing them to invade far inland
along rivers. Not only were the ships light and agile, but they were light enough to be carried over land from one river system to
another. "Under sail, the same boats could tackle open water and cross the unexplored wastes of the North Atlantic.". [70] .The ships'
speed was also prodigious for the time, estimated at a maximum of 14–15 knots (26–28 km/h). The use of the longships ended when
technology changed, and ships began to be constructed using saws instead of axes. This led to a lesser quality of ships.

While battles at sea were rare, they would occasionally occur when Viking ships attempted to board European merchant vessels in
Scandinavian waters. When larger scale battles ensued, Viking crews would rope together all nearby ships and slowly proceed
towards the enemy targets. While advancing, the warriors hurled spears, arrows, and other projectiles at the opponents. When the
ships were sufficiently close, melee combat would ensue using axes, swords, and spears until the enemy ship could be easily boarded.
The roping technique allowed Viking crews to remain strong in numbers and act as a unit, but this uniformity also created problems.
A Viking ship in the line could not retreat or pursue hostiles without breaking the formation and cutting the ropes, which weakened
the overall Viking fleet and was a burdensome task to perform in the heat of battle. In general, these tactics enabled Vikings to
quickly destroy the meagre opposition posted during raids.

Together with an increasing centralisation of government in the Scandinavian countries, the old system of leidang—a fleet
mobilisation system, where every skipen (ship community) had to deliver one ship and crew—was discontinued. Changes in
shipbuilding in the rest of Europe led to the demise of the longship for military purposes. By the 11th and 12th centuries, European
fighting ships were built with raised platforms fore and aft, from which archers could shoot down into the relatively low longships.

The nautical achievements of the Vikings were exceptional, partly as it is thought that they made use ofcalcite "sunstones" to find the
sun's location while at sea, even on cloudy or foggy days.[72] For instance, they made distance tables for sea voyages that were
remarkably precise. They have been found to differ only 2–4% from modern satellite measurements, even on such long distances as
across the Atlantic Ocean..
The archaeological find known as the Visby lenses from the Swedish island of Gotland may be components of a telescope. It appears
to date from long before the invention of the telescope in the 17th century.[73] Recent evidence suggests that the Vikings also made
use of an optical compass as a navigation aid, using the light-splitting and polarisation-filtering properties of Iceland spar to find the
location of the sun when it was not directly visible.


Trade centres
Some of the most important trading ports founded by the Norse during the period,
include both existing and former cities such as Aarhus (Denmark), Ribe (Denmark),
Hedeby (Germany), Vineta (Pomerania), Truso (Poland), Bjørgvin (Norway),
Kaupang (Norway), Skiringssal (Norway), Birka (Sweden), Bordeaux (France),
York (England), Dublin (Ireland) andAldeigjuborg (Russia).

One important centre of trade was at Hedeby. Close to the border with the Franks, it
was effectively a crossroads between the cultures, until its eventual destruction by
the Norwegians in an internecine dispute around 1050. York was the centre of the
kingdom of Jórvík from 866, and discoveries there (e.g. a silk cap, a counterfeit of a A typical fortified Viking town. This is
coin from Samarkand and a cowry shell from the Red Sea or the Persian Gulf) a model of the town ofAros about
950. The town is now known as
suggest that Scandinavian trade connections in the 10th century reached beyond
Byzantium. However, those items could also have been Byzantine imports, and there
is no reason to assume that the Varangians travelled significantly beyond Byzantium
and the Caspian Sea.

Settlements outside Scandinavia

British Isles


Jórvík (York) The fortified Viking Age town of Aros

Dyflin (Dublin)
Hlymrekr (Limerick)
Veðrafjǫrðr (Waterford)
Víkingr-ló (Wicklow)[75]
Veisafjǫrðr (Wexford)
Isle of Man


Norðreyjar (Orkney and Shetland)
Suðreyjar (Hebrides)

Western Europe


Eastern Europe

Garðaríki (Russia)


Faroe Islands

North America

Norse colonisation of the Americas

L'Anse aux Meadows (and possibly a larger area calledVinland)

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Further reading

Brink, S. with Price, N. (eds) (2008).The Viking World, [Routledge Worlds], Routledge: London andNew York, 2008.
ISBN 978-0-415-69262-5
Graham-Campbell, J. (2001),The Viking World, London, 2001. ISBN 978-0-7112-3468-0

General surveys
Ahola, Joonas & Frog with Clive Tolley (eds.) (2014). Fibula, Fabula, Fact – The Viking Age in Finland. Studia
Fennica Historica 18. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society .
Anker, P. (1970). The Art of Scandinavia, Volume I, London and New York, 1970.
Fuglesang, S.H. (1996). "Viking Art", in Turner, J. (ed.), The Grove Dictionary of Art, Volume 32, London and New
York, 1996, pp. 514–527, 531–532.
Graham-Campbell, J. (1980).Viking Artefacts: A Select Catalogue, British Museum Publications: London, 1980.
ISBN 978-0-7141-1354-8
Graham-Campbell, James (2013).Viking Art, Thames & Hudson, 2013.ISBN 978-0-500-20419-1
Roesdahl, E. and Wilson, D.M. (eds) (1992).From Viking to Crusader: Scandinavia and Europe 800–1200,
Copenhagen and New York, 1992. [exhibition catalogue]. ISBN 978-0-8478-1625-5
Williams, G., Pentz, P. and Wemhoff, M. (eds), Vikings: Life and Legend, British Museum Press: London, 2014.
[exhibition catalogue]. ISBN 978-0-7141-2336-3
Wilson, D.M. & Klindt-Jensen, O. (1980).Viking Art, second edition, George Allen and Unwin, 1980.ISBN 978-0-04-
Carey, Brian Todd. "Technical marvels, Viking longships sailed seas and rivers, or servedas floating battlefields",
Military History 19, no. 6 (2003): 70–72.
Downham, Clare. Viking Kings of Britain and Ireland: The Dynasty of Ívarr to A.D. 1014. Edinburgh: Dunedin
Academic Press, 2007
Hudson, Benjamin. Viking Pirates and Christian Princes: Dynasty , Religion, and Empire in North America. Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 2005ISBN 0-19-516237-4.
Logan, F. Donald The Vikings in History (London: Hutchison & Co. 1983)ISBN 0-415-08396-6.
Maier, Bernhard. The Celts: A history from earliest times to the present . Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre
Dame Press, 2003.

External links
Vikings – BBC History (collection of short articles under the headings Overview
, Raiders and Settlers, Viking Culture,
Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga– Smithsonian website for travelling exhibition, 2000–2003.
The Danish Viking age
Old Norse literature from «Kulturformidlingen norrøne tekster og kvad» Norway .
ScienceNordic's article on "How Vikings navigated the world"

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