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Who Were the Vikings and What Was Their Life Like Were the Vikings really as fierce and merciless as everyone commonly believes Imagine being back in the Viking era The sky is blue the ocean waves gently lapping onto the beach near the longhouses of the Viking settlement are light blue and crystal clear The boys are helping their fathers plow the fields All the girls are helping their mothers who are doing various chores around their houses Several girls are sweeping the dirt floors of their longhouses others are doing wash in a spring The dogs are chasing the cats around the longhouses There is a tower atop a lofty hill near the ocean The appointed guard distinguishes several specks on the horizon of the water After a little while he perceives that they are indeed ships But are they trading ships No they are sleek speedy Viking longboats with their fierce dragon head carvings on the bow Speedily the lookout raises the alarm and the town is thrown into disarray The women and children flee to the fortified longhouse near the tower Grabbing their weapons the men and boys run to the gate of the town to oppose the invaders although they know full well that resistance is futile The Vikings land and the townspeople with weapons are quickly slaughtered by the elite drugged Viking warriors known as the Berserks The Vikings plunder the town dragging away the women and children for slaves while killing some for fun The common misconception of Vikings is based only on this type of scenario Nobody ever considered what kind of home these men returned to across the immense seas Based on this and only this picture many believe that this was the life of the Vikings
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