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Viking from the early 1800’s to the early 1800’s to the early 1000’s were scourge of Europe, whenever their ships approach people ran in terror; deaf and destruction soon follow there after. By looking at documents from this time period one will be able to see clearly how Vikings terrified the population in the North part of Europe and why the abruptly change their attitude, in the early part of the new millennium. BEGINNING IN THE NINTH CENTURY the seafaring Vikings colonized Iceland and the Faeroe Islands and enlarge their world with the establishment of two settlements in Greenland; this expansion culminated, in about the A.D. 1000, with the discovery of the east coast of North America. These sagas, written in Iceland in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, are the best sources of what is known about this remarkable Viking expansion into territories to the north and west. The sagas, such as Erik the Red’s Saga, Greenlanders’ Saga, Egil’s Saga, and the various sagas of the Norwegian kings, give a vivid account of the western expansion during the Viking Age. Who were these Vikings as portrayed in the sagas? On the basis of the records and chronicle written by the English and French monks, the Viking expans Continue...


Expanding Vikings territories west from Scandinavia was only possible because of the excellence of the Norse ships. Moving up the coast, looking for a good place to land, a beach or wide river mouth above all. In 1000, by Snorri Sturluson's account, King Sven Forkbeard of Denmark, King Olaf of Sweden, and Jarl Eric of Norway banded together against Norway's King Olaf Tryggvason, the " greatest fighting cock of his era. The religion of Icelandic society in Iceland is one of the most remarkable events in the history of the Nordic people. Meanwhile the rest of the crew, assemble in the rear around their chieftain, fought with bows and lances until, like Tryggvason at Svold, they too had to take up axe, sword, or cudgel. When news of the Icelandic proclamation reached the pioneering settlers in Greenland, Erik the Red's wife, Thiodhild, must have been pleased. Since the hand-to-hand fighting concentrated to the fore of the ship at first, a raised forecastle was an advantage. The western migration of the Viking Age was far from easy, but the men and women of northern Europe faced these extreme challenges and difficulties and built a new society. Many unrecorded voyages no doubt took place between Greenland and Markland Vinland during the centuries of the Norse presence in Greenland; as late as A. Thorgeir listened to the arguments, then retired to his budir (literally "booth, seasonal dwellings) where he contemplated for troublesome issue of the people's religion. These emigrants founded a new society that was adapted to the local geography and ecology of Iceland. 1347 a small ship drifted off course after having visited Markland and eventually reached Iceland ( Gad 1965). His fleet advanced in formation. The first round went to the royal hero. The new Icelandic society was relatively peaceful and harmonious, although strife and disputes were known.