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ButterflyWoman
22nd February 2014, 08:21 AM
http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/57426/ragnarok-will-world-end-viking-apocalypse-tomorrow

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/viking-apocalypse-ragnarok-end-world-predictions-that-failed-1437435

http://io9.com/this-weekend-is-ragnarok-heres-why-that-isnt-the-end-1527994095

We're having a traditional Viking stew and spiced mead to celebrate. And we'll try to die fighting so we can go to Valhalla. :)

DarkChylde
22nd February 2014, 09:02 AM
didn't read the links but I know for a fact it's an urban legend that vikings never wore the horned helmet.
I wonder why we decided to depict them with it as their hallmark.
690

Sinera
22nd February 2014, 11:31 AM
The myth comes mainly from 'romantic' operas of the late 1800s (or so) where the actors representing nordics and vikings were 'outfitted' with horned helmet, maybe to make them look more threatening or warlike or 'devlish'? This public picture stayed in the collective consciousness ever since, like so many urban myths. Vikings in normal life back then did have helmets but not horned ones according to archeological findings. However certain priests of the Nordic religious cults wore indeed horned helmets or hats from time to time.

Sinera
22nd February 2014, 11:34 AM
Btw, one of my favourite childhood cartoon shows was "Wickie und die Wikinger" (Vicky and the Vikings), of course featuring the horned helmets.

Those were the days ...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm__swatSEY

DarkChylde
22nd February 2014, 03:06 PM
i read asterix and obelix the comics :)

CFTraveler
22nd February 2014, 04:06 PM
Happy Ragnarok!
:toast:
BTW, even though I'm hispanic, my genetic testing showed I have around 40% viking in me. So pass the mead. Or beer. Or whatever.

Sinera
22nd February 2014, 04:42 PM
i read asterix and obelix the comics :)

Me too. Had the complete collection. It was mandatory reading for people of my age then. :)

Sinera
22nd February 2014, 04:54 PM
Happy Ragnarok!
:toast:
BTW, even though I'm hispanic, my genetic testing showed I have around 40% viking in me. So pass the mead. Or beer. Or whatever.

Again here: me too.

http://www.smiley-lol.com/smiley/celebre/antiquite/vil2_viking.gif

I still have a printout document from a surname genealogy research institute in England (when I was studying abroad in the mid-nineties) explaining my surname, what it means and where it supposedly all came from.

It says it came from the Normans (from a British viewpoint it came from the French invading and staying in England after winning that famous battle of Hastings (http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/the-normans-the-battle-of-hastings/10765.html)).

These Frenchmen were indeed again from Viking descent in part - the name also gives it away: Nor - Mans = men from the North.

CFTraveler
22nd February 2014, 09:58 PM
Yep.

ButterflyWoman
23rd February 2014, 01:51 AM
These Frenchmen were indeed again from Viking descent in part - the name also gives it away: Nor - Mans = men from the North.
Precisely right. :) They were given land in order to get them to stop raiding, and they took it, settled down, and eventually became respectable. ;)

Disappointingly, the earth did not split open, nor did frost giants appear to do battle with the gods. Every doomsday I get all excited and celebrate it (no, we really do; we did this one with a traditional Norse style stew and warm, spiced mead) and then it never happens. Hmph.