Can You Spot the Impostor? Three Truths and One Lie About the Vikings.

Of the four statements below, three are true and one is a lie. Can you spot the lie? (Scroll to the bottom to reveal the answers.)

1. The Vikings Shooed Away Eclipses.

Vikings believed that Ragnarok would come about when the two wolves, Skoll and Hati, devoured the Sun and the Moon. Skoll chased after the Sun and Hati chased the Moon. It was believed that during an eclipse Skoll had caught up with the Sun and the only way the men of Midgard could help was to create as much noise as possible to scare off the wolf.

2. The Viking Diet Changed from Fish to Meats and Breads While in England.

During their conquest of the British Isles, the land armies of the Danes adopted the local delicacies in favor of their traditional diet. In Scandinavia, the primary source of protein for coastal settlements was Herring, whereas in Jorvik (modern day York), they ate more meats and breads acquired from local farms.

3. The Vikings Who Fled to Iceland Were Exiles and Criminals.

The original migration to Iceland consisted of the outcasts of Norse society. The first expedition was even led by a woman who had notoriously slain her husband in the middle of the night in lieu of a divorce. Other Scandinavian kingdoms openly expressed their disdain for the new refuge of societal rejects, but made no effort to stop it.

4. Vikings Traded Black Slaves in Ireland.

During his expedition to the Mediterranean, the warlord Hastein initiated trade with the Moors of North Africa. There they traded various goods, including slaves, with the locals. According to two sources, he later traded these slaves in Ireland before returning to his plundering in the Loire River Valley.

Do you know which one is wrong? Scroll down to see if you’re right!

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#1: True:

In the Poetic Edda, particularly in the Grimnismal, there are instructions on how to ward off Skoll during an eclipse.

#2: True:

A coprolite found in York has revealed that the diet of the men in Jorvik consisted mostly of breads and meats. It also revealed that the man who had deposited it suffered from a bad case of intestinal worms. Read about the coprolite HERE.

#3: False:

The first settlers who travelled to Iceland were not criminals and exiles. Instead, many were communities who were pushed out of their homelands by war, famine, and many to flee the aggressive christianization of Scandinavia.

#4: True:

Hastein accomplished a great many things in his life, including the trading of black slaves to northern kingdoms. Read more about Hasten HERE.

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2 Comments

  1. judywork1957 says:

    Reblogged this on Time Slips and commented:
    A few extra facts about the Vikings!

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