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VIKINGS. Vikings in Europe. Vikings invade from the North: From about 800-1000 C.E. invasions destroyed the Carolingian Empire The Vikings ( Northsmen /Norsemen) were a Germanic people from Scandinavia, Northern Europe

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Vikings in europe
Vikings in Europe

  • Vikings invade from the North:

    • From about 800-1000 C.E. invasions destroyed the Carolingian Empire

    • The Vikings (Northsmen/Norsemen) were a Germanic people from Scandinavia, Northern Europe

    • The Vikings worshiped warlike gods and took pride in names like Eric the Bloodaxe and ThorfinSkullspliter

    • Came through Europe pillaging and looting villages all over Europe


Ships of war
Ships of War

  • Viking ships were the best of the time

    • Long and narrow; carried about 50 men

    • Allowed Viking invaders to travel further inland


More than raiders
More than Raiders

  • Vikings Invade from the North

    • Vikings are not just invaders

    • Also farmers, traders, and explorers

    • Leif Ericson a Viking explorer reached North America in 1000 C.E. nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus

    • Around 1000 C.E. the climate in Scandinavia grew warmer making farming much easier

    • New generations of Vikings stayed to farm bringing an end to most Viking raids


Norse mythology
Norse Mythology

  • Odin

    • Major god, father of the gods

    • God of war, death, poetry and wisdom

    • Rules over Asgard with his wife Frigg

    • Father to the mighty Thor


Asgard and valhalla
Asgard and Valhalla

  • Asgard is the capital city of the Norse gods, similar to Mount Olympus (Greek)

  • Inside Asgard is the great hall of Valhalla

    • Valhalla is a majestic hall that serves as a way to celebrate great Viking warriors. Odin selects men who die in battle to live eternally in Valhalla with all others who have died bravely in battle.

    • Fallen Vikings are brought to Valhalla by Valkyrie's


Thor

  • God of thunder and lightning, also protector of man-kind

  • Son of Odin

  • Wields a giant hammer


Loki

  • Loki is a shape shifter

  • Can take on the appearance on many other people and creatures

  • Trickster god, god of mischief


Ragnorok
Ragnorok

  • Prophecy in Nordic mythology that describes several events that will lead to the destruction of many god including Odin

  • Natural disasters will result in the earth being submerged in water and will return new and fertile.

  • Then the world will be repopulated by two humans…


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