Norse Mythology

Viking wedding | Viking wedding proceedings

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The Viking wedding Summary The function of Viking marriage in Scandinavia Love, seduction and poetry Marriage negotiations Reconstruction of a Viking wedding ceremony Choosing a wedding date Preparations for the wedding ceremony The wedding ceremony The wedding banquet The wedding night The morning gift Preamble Generally, marriage in the Viking age was a contractual arrangement between the bride and groom's families, just as it has been throughout history in other countries of medieval Europe. However, in addressing the theme of marriage, it is essential to briefly examine love, sexual behaviour...

The Vikings and divorce

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divorce among Vikings The Vikings were unique among the peoples of medieval Europe because of the extensive legal provisions for divorce. Even after Christianity became an accepted religion in Scandinavia, divorce continued to be a widespread custom in the North, socially acting as a safety valve for those whose marriages were arranged for the benefit of their families instead of the optimal happiness of marital union. Divorce allowed an unhappy couple to separate and try again with new partners, before resentments could develop into hatred that could lead to quarrels...

Viking animals | What kind of pets did the Vikings have?

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Viking animals | What kind of pets did the Vikings have?

The Vikings' pets Source : Skjalden Summary The bees Cattle The goats Goats Sheep The cat The dog Hunting dogs Sheepdogs The names of dogs The equidae The birds Falconry birds The peacock The bear The suidae The bees Beekeeping was widespread in the southernmost regions of Scandinavia, particularly in Värmland, Sweden. The rest of Scandinavia was forced to import honey, making it an expensive food. Mead, an alcoholic beverage brewed from honey, was very valuable, also because of the difficulty in obtaining honey. Cattle Viking Age cattle are the descendants...

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    Viking hygiene | Were Vikings clean or dirty?

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    Viking hygiene | Were Vikings clean or dirty?

    Hygiene, hairstyles and body modifications Summary HygieneToilet accessories The combs The earwig The tweezers The hairstyles Men's hairstyles Women's hairstyles Body modifications The tattoo The image of the teeth Were Vikings clean or dirty? Hygiene The Vikings have a reputation for giving little importance to personal hygiene and the popular imagination has often made them dirty and hirsutious savages. But this is an opinion contradicted by all archaeological discoveries. In reality, the Vikings took care of their personal hygiene, bathing and styling.Perhaps the most revealing commentary comes from the pen...

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    Viking clothing | What kind of clothes did the Vikings wear?

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    Viking clothing | What kind of clothes did the Vikings wear?

    Clothing in the Viking Age Summary Preamble Materials and colours The processes Women's clothing The shirt or underdress The dress The apron dress or hanging dress (Smokkr) The shawl The accessories Men's clothing The body shirt The blouse or tunic The panties The cape and the coat The accessories The shoes Viking jewerlry The amulets The fibulas The pearls What did the Vikings wear? Preamble It is rare to find clothing from the Viking period. Only small pieces of cloth preserved in the tombs of Vikings, most often belonging to...

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