In my opinion, the vikings have been portrayed correctly in history. People who lived in the era of Vikings think that they are a threat, and they were right. Vikings went from village to village killing people, stealing valuables, and setting fire to the village once they were done. Vikings rarely took prisoners, and if they did, the prisoners were sold for money. While some Vikings were bad, most decided to create civilizations, though this usually meant fighting for land. In conclusion, I think that Vikings were sometimes brutes, but they also explored and settled.
I believe that Vikings were portrayed both correctly and incorrectly. Yes, some Vikings were a threat, but most Vikings were just farmers and fishermen.
Vikings have been given a bad reputation because we only hear about the bad things they did because people that have been raided/looted, say they are cruel and destructive. We often forget about the other half about Vikings, the part about them being farmers and fishermen.
I feel the Vikings were represented unfairly in history. Many say the Vikings were ruthless, bloodthirsty, barbarians but that’s because most of the history was written by the English. The Viking’s population mostly consisted of fishers and farmers just trying to sustain their villages but as the population increased, the northen lands were too mountainous and cold to expand. Eventually the Vikings settled in areas that the Monarchs gave them. Once the Vikings had enough land, the attacks stopped and the Viking age was over. This shows that the Vikings may not have been as merciless as we think.
i think that vikings have been represented unfairly in history because all the info about them is from the people they attacked not the vikings themselves i mean they couldnt be fighting all the time right? they had familys and stuff, but they were still vikings and they killed ALOT of people so i geuss it depends
I believe that the vikings were not portrayed correctly in history. the were said to be horrific, violent barbarians who did nothing but kill, loot, and plunder. In fact, they did kill, loot and plunder, but one must think about WHY.
The history and accounts of the vikings was said in the view of the English, but the English were the ones who got raided and attacked by the vikings. I think that the vikings were just trying to survive, much like all the other colonies at that time. Perhaps they killed because they didn't want the threat of any other people coming in and raiding and killing THEM! (Or maybe they just liked killing).
It is a possibility that they looted and plundered because they lived in a time when food and clothing and money was scarce, and the only way that the vikings could survive is by stealing it.
All in all, I think that the vikings weren't all bad, because they were just doing what came naturally! Some of the vikings were only fishermen and farmers who had to work hard the fulfill their families needs, but maybe they couldn't do well enough, forcing them to "borrow" off of other people.
Besides, we haven't heard the viking side of the story yet...
I believe the Vikings are misrepresented in history. They were merciless and brutal during raids. However, almost everything we know about them is from their victims, so almost all of what we know is about their raids. But we also know that the Vikings had a complex society with elected rulers, more rights for women than most other civilizations at the time; and written language.
Also the Vikings lived in a mountainous cold area and so relied on the loot from the raids to support their families.
Almost every civilization has done horrible things. If we only had the point of view of the Roman Empire's victims the Romans would also seem brutal and coldhearted. I believe this would be true of any civilization. So I think the Vikings are like any other civilization, only we don’t know enough about them.
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I think that Vikings were represented fairly and unfairly. It is true; they were absolutely brutal at times. Once you think about it though they were sometimes fighting for a reason! For example, if they were fighting for land they had to be harsh! They would raid other peoples lands, kill everyone in sight, and just be plain cruel. On the other hand, not all of them were warriors. The Vikings fished, farmed, and took care of their families too. So mostly I think that they were judged harshly, they did bad things but they also lived in peace for many, many years.
I think Vikings have been both represented fairly and unfairly. On the one hand I think most Vikings where brutes just wanting to pillage and plunder for loot and glory, and the rest just wanting to build towns, fish, farm, etc. Also we don’t really see it from the Vikings eyes, only from the people they stole/raided from, and of course that is a one sided opinion. All in all I think the Vikings are like any other civilization, with their ups and downs. I would need more info from the Vikings side to make a better opinion.
there's two sides to every story,not all the vikings could have been mean and some of them were fishermen and farmers.
I think the Vikings were represented unfairly in history. There are always two sides of a story and the information that we are learning from about the Vikings come from the people they had attacked, not from the Vikings themselves. We have not heard the Vikings side of the story, they could be innocent people. They lived in a small village, had families and most of them were farmers or fishers. The Vikings had to fight for what their village needed. In order for them to get what they needed they had to be brutal. Yes the Vikings had done some horrible things at times but their lives were not all war and raiding parties.
I think that the Vikings have been represented kind of fairly, and kind of unfairly. First, the Vikings were brutal and ruthless when they went on raids, but they were also farmers, and fisherman. They were skilled in woodworking, and metalworking. If history had been written by the Vikings, we would have a much different impression of them.
I think that Vikings were just like any regular kind of people... They had there humble farmers and peasants; they had there kings and warlords.... And they had there villains and terrorists... They were just a regular group of people resulting to make a living... Yes they had their troublemakers, but they weren't all bad...
Well, this is quite the interesting question; especially seeing as I'm a direct descendant of some Danish vikings.
Personally, I believe they've been portrayed pretty accurately. I say "pretty accurately" because there have been certain stereotypes that have stuck around that aren't completely true. One being that, although they were pretty darn tough and could be very violent they were not complete barbarians, at least not in my opinion. They had an interesting culture and history, and were not complete blood thirsty monsters. Although.. they had there moments I suppose.
Secondly, and this one is pretty well known. They didn't wear those helmets with horns, I'm not sure when that idea came about but it's false.
I think the Vikings have not been represented fairly in history. They were not just brutal marauders. They have been demonized by the other people of Europe but, in reality they were people as well. The common representations of the Vikings do not represent every part of their society, only their raids on other cultures. They were farmers, ocean navigators and storytellers with a complex system of law. These aspects of Viking life are not often emphasized, though they were just as important as their raids.
In my opinion, the Vikings have been fairly and unfairly in history. For instance, Vikings were destructive and would kill or enslave every man, woman, or child they found. However, most of the information about the Vikings came from the people who got attacked by them and may be biased. What the Vikings did wasn't really different from what the Franks and the Anglo-Saxons did when they conquered France and England.
I don’t think Viking have been resented fairly. Sure the Vikings have killed a ton of Romans but you’re only going to hear the Romans side of the story. Maybe the Romans were coming to wipeout the Viking villages, so the Vikings fought back. In the end of course all you will hear is the bad parts of them like, the Vikings are ruthless they will kill on cite. The Vikings were farmers and fisherman and they had family. Remember, listen to both sides of the story.
I think that the Vikings were represented fairly and unfairly. They were brutal at times, but sometimes they did fight for a reason. They would kill everyone they saw and would be just cruel. But not all of them were warriors. The Vikings didn’t only fight; they fished, farmed and took care of their families.
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I think that Vikings have been represented unfairly in history. Personally, when I think of Vikings, I think of torturers who would massacre city's and towns of any different background. But at the same time, they weren't warriors of any sort. They held their own, but killed harmless and innocent people and kids.
I would think the viking are both. they were represented fairly and unfairly. Sometimes they had to fight for a reason, but they had also killed innocent people including children and killed everyone they would see. They were harsh in some ways, but had to kill sometimes.
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