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Most likely the Vikings discovered America.

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I find it remarkable that such formerly fierce people turned into such socialist wusses.

From one extreme to another.

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They were domesticated. :P

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Indeed they were.  Maybe the domestication started when they converted to Christianity (although Christianity didn't seem to have had that same effect on the Russians at about the same time).

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The serious answer would include what incredible sailors they were, the distances traveled (and countries explored) only with lines of latitude.

And of course the Freeranger in me must also respond with the notation that I am hyper-excited by any woman who can walk around in animal bedding and pack heat.  My loins are screamin'!



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I like how little we actualy know about them.. 90% of how we think they lived is assumption based on snapshots of time.. They are mysterious 

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I appreciate their drive to discover (to rape, rob, and pillage; but discovery was there too).


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The Vikings had to be among history's most feared warriors but their raids on Britain were outstanding. With their little longboats they succeeded in an invasion that, centuries later, the power of the mighty Kriegsmarine and the Luftwaffe were unable to achieve. 

They also gave us one of the most frightening words of the language: berserker. 

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Well, Didge, the Kriegsmarine and the Luftwaffe were checked by the Royal Navy and the RAF, neither of which Aethelred the Unready possessed, so he had to pay the Vikings off to get them to take it easy on the raping and pillaging.  :ninja:

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