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Oseberg Replica Viking Ship, Norway Photographic Print by David Lomax at Art.com-- Beautiful print

Oseberg Replica Viking Ship, Norway Photographic Print by David Lomax at Art.com-- Beautiful print

Viking ship ¤

Viking ship ¤

The Vikings did not always set out with war in mind. Finds of large cargo ships and wealthy trading towns give a more nuanced picture of the period. It was a time in which trading in everything from slaves to silk and iron flourished. Finds of Arabic silver coins in Scandinavia and a small Buddha figure in Sweden testify to how distant the trading connections could be.

The Vikings did not always set out with war in mind. Finds of large cargo ships and wealthy trading towns give a more nuanced picture of the period. It was a time in which trading in everything from slaves to silk and iron flourished. Finds of Arabic silver coins in Scandinavia and a small Buddha figure in Sweden testify to how distant the trading connections could be.

Old knife

Old knife

Honor what is important to you, Fear Nothing, not even death as it is only a transition that will free you of a body.

Honor what is important to you, Fear Nothing, not even death as it is only a transition that will free you of a body.

Reproduction Norwegian boats at the Sunnmore Boat Museum, Alesund, C.Norway

22"x18" (58x48cm) Framed Print of Lena Vavako, a four year old Koryak girl, wearing traditional dress

Reproduction Norwegian boats at the Sunnmore Boat Museum, Alesund, C.Norway

Viking ship replica Tyra, based in Hardanger, Norway.

Viking ship replica Tyra, based in Hardanger, Norway.

The Gokstad ship, a Viking ship found in a burial mound at Gokstad farm in Sandar, Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway.  The 9th C. ship was intended for warfare, trade, transportation of people and cargo.  At 76.2 ft long and 17.1 ft wide, built to carry 32 oarsmen, it is the largest of the remarkable three preserved at the Viking Ship Museum, Bygdøy, Oslo, Norway.

The Gokstad ship, a Viking ship found in a burial mound at Gokstad farm in Sandar, Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway. The 9th C. ship was intended for warfare, trade, transportation of people and cargo. At 76.2 ft long and 17.1 ft wide, built to carry 32 oarsmen, it is the largest of the remarkable three preserved at the Viking Ship Museum, Bygdøy, Oslo, Norway.

Almost makes me want to grow a beard and wear fur underwear!  Harrrrrrrrr!!! ;)

Almost makes me want to grow a beard and wear fur underwear! Harrrrrrrrr!!! ;)

Carved Viking stone with runes at Borg Museum, Lofoten, Norway Photo credit © Zbynek Burival iStockphoto

Carved Viking stone with runes at Borg Museum, Lofoten, Norway Photo credit © Zbynek Burival iStockphoto

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