The Hordesman wrote:Ive long wondered of the size of a longboat- how large was the largest longboat known? Also, how did they unship horses and cattle? Im not an expert on ships(well, I just got little knowledge here and there), so I would be happy to know this, and if they used any other sort of ships.
I visited a viking museum for a time ago, and it was said that each member of the Lid (elite army that serves as bodyguard of the Jarl) had his own horse, experts differ in matter if they used cavalry or horses as transport, but a horse was surely a luxury. Since most civilians didnt have horses at this time, I think they could have had cavalry. Though Im unsure since vikings are not known for weapons that are effective from horseback- two-handed axes, short swords and at some occasions warhammers. They did use spears, pikes and of course throwing axes, javelins and bows, but who didnt at that time?
This sounds like a mystery for TTK!
The Hordesman wrote:We all know that vikings didnt have horned helms, but Ive looked into the origin and found what I think created the horned hysteria. In Denmark, I dont know the time, but once they found an actual intact horned helmet, entirely made from bronze. It was dated back to the bronze-age, but unfortunatly Hollywood and other simplifying business turned them all horned.
However, there has been pictures found of Norse warriors from that time with horned helms, mostly embossed on helms. But all of pictures these has portraited gods, and no known pictures remain of other people's pictures showing norsemen with horned helms.
The Blue Knight wrote:Actually the accounts come from England and Ireland where many monastic centers were the victims. You only have to be 11 to see Mighty Joint over there?
The Blue Knight wrote: The actual horned helms do exist (2 of them) and are indeed throwbacks to a much earlier time in Europe and probably indicate bovine reverence from Mediterranian influences.
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