|Weapons||Great Axe, Long Sword, Spear, Shield|
|Activities||Raiding and pillaging|
|Battle Status||Defeated by the Samurai|
|Experts||Casey Hendershot (Viking Weapons Instructor)|
Matt Nelson (Viking Combat Expert)
"A Viking would not fight fair. He was there to win, to kill you, and to take your possessions, bring them back, and feed his own family." -Matt Nelson, Viking combat expert.
The Viking, battle-crazed berserker who terrorized Europe;
The Samurai, Japan's lightning-fast dealer of death.
Stats[edit | edit source]
- Height - 5' 7"
- Weight 175 lbs
- Gear - 65 lbs
- Armor - Chain Mail
- Symbol - Great Axe (Iconic Viking Weapon)
History[edit | edit source]
The first Nordic settlements are estimated to have been in 12,000 BC; although these early Nordic peoples were mostly nomadic. The Nordic Bronze Age was circa 1700–500 BC. It is believed that Nordic traders supplied a large percent of the tin used for the Bronze Age of the Middle East. The Nordic Iron Age was dominated by Germanic tribes, who would migrate north from Germany into Scandinavia. The Germanics were one of the most noticeable barbarians during the Roman Empire, and managed to successfully resist multiple Roman invasions.
Not much is known about them except for accounts written by their enemies. Vikings did have written languages in the form of runes; but scribes and writing material were too rare to spread Viking written works on a massive scale. What was known is that the Norse lived in Northern Europe (which is what the word 'Norse' meant). This biome was too cold for agriculture and as populations grew; hunting and fishing drove the region to famine. This forced the Norse to raid in order to survive. Vikings dominated European coasts with their Longships; which could travel up to 200 km per day and were propelled by both rows and sails.
On June 8th 793 AD, the catholic monastery of Lindisfarne was the seat of the bishop for Northern Britain. The monastery was wealthy but relatively defenseless; making it the site of the first major Viking raid against Christian lands.
Vikings sailors and warriors that settled across the lands of northern Asia, Europe and areas connected to the Arctic and Baltic Sea. They pirated and pillaged lands to obtain its natural resources and valuables. While considered barbaric by other people, the vikings fought not only for the wealth of plunder but also to die in battle, The Norsemen believed that to enter Valhalla (the viking heaven), one had to die in battle.
In 845 AD Ragnar Lodbrok led several raids and massacres against the Franks: including The Siege of Paris. The Frankish King Charles The Bald managed to end these raids by paying tribute (a Danegeld) to Ragnar in exchange for peace. Other Vikings would follow this trend, threatening kingdoms in order to gain wealthy Danegelds.
Many Viking kings would create the foundations of modern European states; most noticeably the Norman William the Conqueror in England and Rurik Prince of Novgorod in Russia and Ukraine. Viking's were also brilliant explorers and tradesmen, trading as far away as the Middle East.
Their bold nature and skills as explorers lead them to settle Iceland and Greenland and to discover the Americas (which the Vikings called 'Vinland') almost 500 years before Columbus. However the Vikings saw no reason to colonize America; especially since the Native American populations were still relatively big enough to defend themselves (as the Natives were not affected by European plagues at that time). This is shown in the failed colony of L'Anse aux Meadows: which is estimated to have a maximum population capacity of only 160 people. The Viking Greenland colony lasted between 985 to the late 1400s: although it's not known why this colony collapsed, it's likely to have been a combination of the harsh Little Ice Age combined with expanding Inuits attacking the colony. The Oldenburg Kingdom of Denmark–Norway would reestablish the colony of Greenland under Minister Hans Egede in 1721, and founding its capital city Nuuk in 1728.
The 900s marked the beginning of the end of Norse mythology and Viking culture. King Rolo of Norman Christianized his nation in 911 AD. Harald Bluetooth Christianized Denmark (as well as the nations of Norway and Sweden that Bluetooth conquered) in Circa 960 AD. The 1060s were seen as the end of the Viking Age with the Norman conquests of England. Harald Hardrada was seen as the last Viking king; putting Norway under financial stress due to his invasions against Sweyn II of Denmark and his defeat and death at Battle of Stamford Bridge. The Kingdom of Norway lasted between 872–1397. The Kingdom of Denmark (formed in the 700s AD) still exists today: being one of the oldest Kingdoms in European history.
Weapons:[edit | edit source]
|Close Range:||Great Axe||134|
|Mid Range:||Long Sword||175|
Vikings have also been known to use Improvised Weapons such as hammers, boathooks, whale bones, scyths, clothes beaters, boat oress, anvils, mane shears and sled runners.
In addition to the large great axes, the Vikings also carried short axes with handles of 1-2 feet in length, with a relatively light head, used for both melee fighting and being thrown.
Along with Chain Mail vikings also wore clothing padded with heavy (and possibly light) leather.
Weapons in Deadliest Warrior: The Game[edit | edit source]
- Close Range: Long Sword, Skeggox
- Mid-Range: Great Axe, Atgeir
- Long-Range: Spear, Double Spear Throw
- Special Weapon: Langsax
- Finisher: The Viking slashes into the victim's shoulder with his langsax, embedding it in their body. As the victim staggers away, the Viking pulls out his great axe (or atgeir) and brings it down in a powerful overhand chop into the back of the victim's head. Finally, he grabs the handle of his weapon and wrenches it out of the dead victim's head, walking away.
Battle[edit | edit source]
The battle starts with the Viking throwing his Great Axe to the ground as the Samurai approaches him with his Yumi Bow and Naginata in hand. He lets out a battle cry and then pulls out an arrow. He fires at the Viking and hits him in the shoulder. He pulls out the arrow and looks up, only to find a second arrow coming at him. It hits him in his helmet and dazes him. The Viking pulls out two spears and charges at the Samurai. When he gets close, he hurls them both at the Samurai. The Samurai attempts to dodge them, but he is struck by one and thrown to the floor. The Viking pulls out his Great Axe and rushes at the Samurai. The Samurai gets up and grabs his Naginata. The Viking swings his axe but is blocked by the Naginata. The Samurai twists his Naginata and throws away the Viking's axe. He hits the Viking with the Naginata, but the damage is slightly reduced by the Viking's chain mail. The Viking recovers his Great Axe and begins swing wildly at the Samurai. With a heavy blow, he knocks the Naginata out of the Samurai's hands and kicks the Samurai. The Viking swings the axe at the Samurai's back, but like the chain mail against the Naginata, the Samurai's armor manages to prevent the axe from tearing into the Samurai and killing him. The Samurai pulls out his Kanabo club and hits the Great Axe, once again knocking it out of the Viking's hands. He tries to swing at the Viking, but the Viking blocks with his Shield. The Samurai begins to savagely hit the Shield with his Kanabo, and manages to chip off a small portion. The Viking then gets up and charges at the Samurai with his Shield. He pushes the Samurai all the way to a bridge and then off of it. The Samurai falls into a ditch below and loses his club. The Viking draws his Longsword and jumps down. The Samurai manages to get up and pulls out his Katana. The two begin to clash swords, with the Samurai getting in blows at the Viking. The Viking swings at the Samurai, but the sword just slides off of his armor. He tries to once again push the Samurai. The Samurai moves out of the way, and the Viking crashes into a tree. The Samurai swings at his legs and forces the Viking to his knees. The Samurai raises his sword and thrusts it into the Viking's back. He pulls out his sword, and the Viking falls to the floor. The Samurai turns over the Viking and prepares to thrust his sword again, but sees that the Viking is dead. He cleans the blood from his sword and puts it away, and then turns around and slowly limps away.
Expert's Opinion[edit | edit source]
The Viking's defeat was credited to his reliance on force and brute strength, which were countered by the Samurai's superior technique and armor.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Vikings never wore horns in battle. Horned helmets did exist in other Pagan civilizations (including the Celts), but primarily for religious purposes. Horned helmets are expensive, get tangled easily and can be grabbed onto by enemy warriors; giving the warrior a significant disadvantage.
- William the Conqueror was of Viking descent, his great-great-great-grandfather Hrolf, latinized as "Rollo the Walker", was a Danish or Norwegian leader who settled in northern France. His Norman soldiers were also descended from Vikings.
- Rollo the Walker, the Viking founder of France, is also ancestor of the House of Windsor: the modern day British royal family.
- Dublin was founded by Vikings and used as a naval base. Vikings would launch many of their raids on Great Britain from Dublin.
- The Louvre in Paris was built as a fort against Vikings before becoming a palace and later a museum.
- Beserkers were Vikings that were drugged and violent, being a feared warrior. The Deadliest Warrior experts couldn't legally test the effect of the drugs on a person. Some historians believe that the berzerkers worked themselves into a rage rather than using drugs.
- In a manner similar to Celts or Native Americans, Vikings were not part of a single nation. There were multiple Viking tribes and many of these tribes were hostile towards each other.
- The vikings were very good at absorbing people, many of the people who had been kidnapped became part of the Viking population in time. As a result the vikings mixed with Italians, Portuguese, Irish, Spaniards, French, and Russians and people of other nationalities.
- At the Battle of Edington, Anglo-Saxon king Alfred the Great defeted the Viking king Guthrum by chasing the vikings into their stronghold at Chippenham and surrounding the encampment so that the vikings could be starved into submission. After the pagen vikings surrenderd, Alfred got the vikings to convert to christianity. After the conversian the Danish Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons shared the same religion which set the foundation for the two to become unified people which helped form the country of England.
- In the Battle of Stamford Bridge 1066; a single Viking soldier (probobly a Beserker) blocked King Harold's army on the bridge and killed 40 of his English men before being ambushed by an English spearman from under the bridge (this spearman used a barrel as a boat to float under the bridge). There is much debate over the accuracy of this tale or if this warrior even existed.
- When Iceland was settled by the Vikings; 70% of the female population immigrated from Ireland, not from Northern Europe.
- One of the most infamous victims of the Vikings was Charles the Fat (III). Considered politically incompetent and weak, he surrendered twice to Viking invaders.
- Historians believe that some of the first Russian kingdoms were decedents of Vikings; who brought stability to the region.
- Yuletide comes from the word Yule; a winter Viking feast the emphasized evergreens. This was one of the major influences of modern day Christmas: as Christian missionaries allowed these Pagan traditions to continue in order to maintain the spread of Christianity.
- In Birka, Sweden a female Viking skeleton was discovered; although there is much debate over the role of this norsewoman and if she was a true warrior.
- Erik the Red, one of the first Vikings to settle Greenland, went to the island primarily because he was exiled from Norway and Iceland for his brutality (even by Viking standards).
- Vikings intentionally created the rumor that Greenland was green; hence its name. This was because the Vikings had a new colony in Greenland and had to make the colony look attractive to get immigration to the colony. This failed and the colony collapsed.
- Bjarni Herjólfsson was the first European to discover America in 986 AD; but Bjarni was attempting to sail to Greenland and merely sailed off course. He made no attempt to settle nor explore America and instead sailed back to the seas almost immediately. Vikings would never succeed in colonizing America due to the large Native American populations; although Greenland did collect timber, berries and other resources from America.
- Viking warriors were as young as 12 years old as they saw this as the start of adulthood.
- Vikings has better sanitation and a healthier diet than most other Europeans; although Viking bread could damage teeth due to the grit within it.
- Contrary to popular belief; Vikings did not recklessly charge into battle (unless it was a raid against a civilian population). Vikings began their largescale battles with long ranged combat.
- Vikings enjoyed bloodsports of all kinds; from cockfighting to bearbaiting.
- Vikings made rope out of whale or seal skins.
- Viking longboat figureheads were removable; as displaying a threatening figurehead at an allied nation was blasphemous.
- The Danish were the first people known to use Ski Warfare; with the earliest records in the 13th century. The Birkebeiners, rebel Vikings during the Norwegian Civil War, were infamous for their efficiency with Skis in combat.
- Druzhina were decedents of Vikings that became noticeable mercenaries and officers within Eastern Europe.
- Varangians were Druzhina and Vikings that became elite shock troops and royal bodyguards of the Byzantine Empire. Ironically; the Byzantines hired these Viking mercenaries after various Viking armies attempted to assault Constantinople: the Byzantines were impressed by the honorbound audacity the Vikings demonstrated in battle.