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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
  • God of thunder and lightning, also protector of man-kind
  • Son of Odin
  • Wields a giant hammer
  • Loki is a shape shifter
  • Can take on the appearance on many other people and creatures
  • Trickster god, god of mischief
  • 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…