Viking It is a notion that comes from the English term viking, which in turn derives from the Nordic vikingr. The concept refers to Scandinavian villages that between 8th century and the Eleventh century , developed multiple crossings across the european continent.
The Vikings were great navigators who carried out numerous attacks in various territories. It is not clear what led these communities to leave the Scandinavian Peninsula , although historians raise hypotheses such as problems to develop trade in the region and overpopulation. Some even refer to a tactical decision: the Vikings would have taken advantage of the political and military weakness of other nations to attack them and conquer new territories.
Beyond the reasons that led the Vikings to navigate to others regions , his decision was made possible by his naval power . The Vikings had developed vessels capable of crossing great distances quickly and safely.
The attack perpetrated on the British monastery of Lindisfarne in the year 793 It is considered as the beginning of the call Viking era , marked by recurring attacks and explorations of the Scandinavians. In addition to the British Isles, the Vikings also made excursions through France , Spain , Russia and even certain regions of North America .
Leaving aside its military and naval power, it can be noted that the Vikings appealed to writing symbols known as runes and that his beliefs were polytheistic and pagan. Over the years, many Viking communities adopted Christianity as a religion.
In addition to all of the above, we have to say that there is a television series entitled "Vikings." It was released in 2013 and is co-produced between Canada and Ireland.
Michael Hirst is the director of this production, made by the television channel The History Channel, which revolves around the figure of the Viking Ragnar Lodbrok, who is considered one of the most famous characters in that culture. It has been established that he was a great navigator, a fierce warrior, someone very ambitious and, above all, very brave.
However, we cannot forget that there is also a film entitled "The Vikings." It was released in the year 1958 and became the film adaptation of the homonymous novel written by the American writer Edison Marshall.
The film was directed by Richard Fleischer and featured a cast consisting of actors such as Kirk Douglas, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis or Ernest Borgnine. He told the story of a Viking who during the invasion they made in England abuses the queen of the country and the fruit of that sexual relationship a male is born. Thirty years after that birth, father and son will meet again without either being aware of the emotional ties that bind them.
Also, it is necessary to take into account an emblematic series of cartoons of the decade of the 70s that was called "Vickie the Viking". It revolved around a character created by writer Runer Johnson, a boy who lives in a Viking village that responded to Flake's name.
Nowadays, Vikings are often called villages Scandinavians in general, regardless of their historical link.