2 comments on “World of the Viking – Moved

  1. Saesnes says:

    The helmet captioned ‘Viking Helmet [British Museum photo]’ is actually the seventh-century Sutton Hoo helmet, which is early Anglo-Saxon and pre-dates the Vikings.

  2. “Sutton Hoo” is the name of the area [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutton_Hoo#Location] where the helmet was found in the grave of an Anglo-Saxon king, shown in the British Museum exhibit. However, it is of a design used by Nordic-Viking warriors which is why it was placed in the Viking exhibit. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutton_Hoo#Similarities_with_Swedish_burials] – the person who wore that helmet was of Swedish lineage; for historians found ties in culture [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutton_Hoo#Comparisons]. I had been planning in moving this article to Old Glory Gunsmith and you will see the replaced helmet photo is similar to the “Soo Hoo” helmet. In addition, Nordic people, Vikings, were prolific traders and they sometimes traded such things as helmets made from somewhere else – although their very best and sacred swords were made by Nordic blacksmiths, such as Ulfberht sword. The last holdout of Viking strongholds after Christianity was adopted, is located on western isles in United Kingdom, of which some members of the community still speak Nordic.
    Anyway, you are partly correct in regards to being a helmet owned directly by a Nordic. It is like the Normans were the ones who established France, although it was the Franks who truly established French culture. Adoption of cultures, or parts of it, is nothing new in history. For example, some of the Nordic-Viking helmets were of Norman and Anglo-Saxon design, as the one depicted in the Soo Hoo collection. In addition, they also wore side plate that protect the side of the head and ears during combat, attached to the each side of the helmet. Also depicted at the British Museum exhibit.
    Thanks for your intellectual input and pointing out this particular photo.
    You can view the moved article at Old Glory Gunsmith Shoppe – minus this comment, but feel free to post a comment at the new location. [http://oldglorygunsmith.blogspot.com/2013/11/world-of-viking-adventurers-trademen.html]
    PS – One of the early kings of England was Cnut’s son, Danish Norseman, viking noble. The 7th century helmet does not “pre-date” Viking history. The 7th century was the 600s AD, and Vikings ran into Romans during that early period. From 700 to 1100 is considered the “Golden Age” of Vikings.
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