I find it quite strange that you portray the Vikings with such an inaccuracy. Contrary to popular belief, vikings were never barbarians, in fact they were among the smartest people of their time. During their time of pillaging and plundering, their boats was THE best and most complex constructions in europe. Their speed and mobility was literally unmatched, thus the obvious success. Then the fact that they had no fear of death increased their chances significantly, but that's another matter entirely. Death in battle was actually a good thing, if you fought with all your might.
These icons although fairly well made, But they are again, very inaccurate. The viking helmets never had horns. This was a typical viking helmet. [link] A viking never used axes. By vikings you refer to the men that sail the seas and plunder coastal areas to minimize casualties and maximizing results as well as getting a hefty sum of treasure.
If you have at any time seen a picture depicting a barbarian with an axe, that is entirely fictional. The only men who used axes to defend themselves during that time was usually simple farmers that desperately defended themselves with the sharpest and longest tool they had to help out the trained solders that usually would live with them.
The shield is not completely inaccurate, but was rarely, at least for the majority of the time vikings existed, it became more common at the end of their era however. The more common shields that was used was those that had a thick raw hide compressed into the shape of a shield. The use however, was different. While a regular shield only serve as something to block with until it breaks, a viking shield was used for the very purpose of disarming an opponent. If an enemy stuck their sword into the shield the shield could be turned away, deflecting the blow while also disarming the attacker.
The riches icon can't really be considered inaccurate but I wonder what country they got it from. During the time of vikings, they did not have an actual currency of their own. They used coins that they used had been gained from trade or from plundering. Interesting fact by the way. A third of the vikings was merchants. Not simple warriors that plundered and killed nonstop. Although occasionally they did sell slaves that they had bought from other slaves, or in same cases captured themselves.
I can't really see anything inaccurate about the silver though, well other than the fact that I think it looks more like bits and pieces of an iron fishing tool. The torch is just plain silly. Why would they use a bone? Is this an insult or a compliment? To get a bone to burn with that kind of flame, you would need to know how to create and control the power of oils, which requires significant knowledge. Although there is hints in their runic writing that there was some kind of scholars among the vikings, none of this can be proven as the material they used would most likely have decayed to mud at this point.
The horn would be more likely to be made out of a goat horn rather than a.. bull horn? Damn that's one pretty huge one there.
The Horn cup is far too big and to be quite honest, kinda cliche. This is a common horn cup. [link] They gouged out the inside of the horn, cut of the bottom, replaced it with a wooden plug and gave it a makeshift handle. Whoope, a cup. They did have normal horns though, but they were like half the size of what you got there. Something along the lines of this. [link] Think that like a half of this horn would be covered by the hand grabbing the mug. It's still a mug, so I don't really get why you made the long and strange design.
The cooking pot looks fairly true to historical facts however, but how it ties to the title "Lives", that I do not know. The building though looks like early christian buildings when Christianity just had started to spread into europe. Here's a more realistic viking house. [link]
The Viking ship looks to be a little too long though, and the sail should most likely be wider. When the wind is not blowing, all the men starts rowing, everyone but one who steers the ship, the one who steers the ship always stands in the back. So yeah, that's not good, since you put all those in the back as well. Since vikings often was swinging their swords with ease, they would not refuse to be manpower to make the boat go faster so that they could fight for glory. Besides, viking swords was basically weights with edges, so most of them was giants with muscles.
That's the reason they got horns by the way. They were giants with muscles who fought without mercy and without fear of death. Christians gave them horns as they fought like demons and was in most cases unstoppable.
There, my little rant is done. Better luck next time, that is all for me.
I am very sorry, I am just a Chinese student,I did not in-depth understanding the culture of northern Europe.This set of icons just for my own interests,just a personal work. Thank you for your detailed comments,it will be useful for me in the future, thanks again!
Well, summarized. Vikings looked much like english people did back then, mostly becase england was ruled bye a danish king for say 200-300 years. Just imagine them with a little more pelts on them to stand the cold during the coldest winters.
I may have phrased their use of axes a little awkardly in my two year old rant btw. They did use rather short hand axes, first to prepare minor camps between raids, and sometimes as throwing weapons during- say, stealth missions, I guess?
Regarding the look of the typical viking, it would be more along the lines of this. The center of the viking culture, birka, had many trading routes with iran, iraq and rome, with extensively detailed description of them. Here's what I deem to be a good representation of a viking. [link] The iranic writings described the vikings as "Gigantic tatooed warriors, with complex and expensive weaponry, good language skills, but horrible hygeine."
Because of the fear that vikings induced, richer romans choose vikings as guards over romans, who were a little more than a head shorter than the average viking.
About a hundred years into the era in which the vikings pretty much ruled, viking ships looked like this; [link]
It's the most well known version.
The reason I began my rant was mostly because of what was at the top. "AD 800 to AD 1066". Which actually was inncurate. The viking "era" was from 900 to 1100.
Another huge reason for my rant two years ago was that I was extremely bored. Extremely extremely bored. As must you be as you respond to something I posted two years ago.
A tiny interesting tidbit. The word Viking essentially meant Bay Warrior.