Do You Have Viking In Your Blood?
Some folks are announcing the creation of a new map that helps people discover whether they may have Viking in their blood.
This map from SonsOfVikings.com illustrates the prevalence and path of Vikings across the globe during the peak of the Viking Age (800 A.D. – 1150 A.D.). The original Vikings were Nordic and hailed from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, The Faroe Islands and The Aland Islands. Many of the earliest Viking settlements were Celtic (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany).
According to History.com, they left their mark as pirates, raiders, traders and settlers on Britain, most of the European continents, and sections of modern-day Russia, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland.
Vikings continued to travel, conquer and settle into Normandy, Europe, Russia, North America and beyond as they bravely left their homelands to seek their fortunes. They saw that Europe was being flooded with riches and they wanted to engage in trade with them (mainly Scandinavian furs) and gain wealth for themselves. Such seafaring warriors were known interchangeably as Vikings or Norsemen, feared for their predilection to raid coastal sites.
By the time the Viking Age came to an end after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, they had left behind untold destruction and signs of their strength, to be sure, but also a wealth of information, stories, inscriptions, tales, weaponry and symbols that continue to impact the world today. As an example, a major cultural influence impacting millions of viewers today is the hit TV show Vikings on the History Channel.
New information continues to come to life proving that it’s not just the ancestors of those from Denmark or Norway that have potential Viking blood in them (as previously assumed); Vikings actually grew and conquered their way through many countries, leaving a large and lasting impact throughout Europe and beyond.
While certainly not all people that hail from those areas of the globe are direct descendants of Vikings, a strong percentage of them do. Do YOU have Viking blood in you? Here at Sons of Vikings, all of our jewelry features symbolism from Norse Mythology, the Viking Age and the Celtic people.