Norse-Viking Culture


Joshua J. Mark
published on 24 February 2024

Norse-Viking culture is frequently misrepresented in popular media which emphasizes the rugged, militaristic aspect of the people. In reality, Norse culture placed a high value on appearance, personal hygiene, and religious devotion, creating many symbols representing aspects of their gods and one’s journey through life to the land beyond death.

Among the Norse, the image of the Vikings is the most often distorted by modern media, but these seafarers and raiders were as much as part of Scandinavian culture as any others who remained on land tending their farms. This collection presents a small sampling of pieces on this diverse and fascinating culture. Norse Mythology is only briefly touched on here as it is presented in another collection



Questions & Answers

What is Norse-Viking Culture?

Norse-Viking Culture is Scandinavian culture.

What is the difference between a Norseman and a Viking?

A Norseman could be a merchant or farmer or a Viking. A Viking was a Norseman who made a living as a seafaring trader, raider, and warrior.

How influential was Norse-Viking Culture?

During the Viking Age (c. 790-c.1100 CE) the Vikings spread Norse culture to every nation they came in contact with, including the regions of modern-day Ireland, Scotland, Britain, Turkey, Russia, and France.

Did the Norse-Viking culture believe in ghosts?

Yes, the Norse-Viking Culture believed in ghosts. The most common reason for a haunting was improper funerary rites but ghosts could return to trouble the living for many reasons.

About the Author

Joshua J. Mark
Joshua J. Mark is World History Encyclopedia's co-founder and Content Director. He was previously a professor at Marist College (NY) where he taught history, philosophy, literature, and writing. He has traveled extensively and lived in Greece and Germany.

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