The Viking era is something that is incredibly fascinating to people in this day and age as it is so different from any present-day culture.
The way they dressed and the way in which they purportedly acted. It is always a great thing to hear more facts about the Vikings as many times it is hard to separate truth from fiction when it comes to these warriors.
Everyday life in the Viking Age
At the start of the Viking Age around the year 800, there were very few established military institutions in Scandinavia, but as the society came under the rule of one single king a number of military organizations began to develop over time.
The most recognized institution was the retinue, which was a brotherhood of warriors who were serving a common master.
As it developed over time, it went on to become one of the main sources of power for the medieval kings and slowly evolved to become the noble elite in the Middle Ages.
There was, however, a much more evil brotherhood of warriors in Scandinavia. Their legacy goes on in the circles of art and folklore and through sagas, as they could not find anyplace that they fit in the post-heathen world of Christianity.
This group of warriors became demons of war who served as general symbols of evil in this era. But while many of the tales seem to be myth and history leaves it unclear, there are sources that show that there were men in existence who were simply thriving on the line between life and death and who used the fury of war to give them more strength and power and distinction.
When reading books and sources, one may be confused about these battle warriors, as their description skirts along the line of fantasy and reality. In this day and age, many people have a difficult time imagining just how people of this kind and behavior could have ever existed, as they were completed controlled by an insatiable desire for destruction.
They did exist, though, these Berserkers, along with the wolf skins who were also known as the heathen wolves and were an extremely special group of incredibly skilled and dangerous warriors associated with the god Odin.
The Berserkers were often coveted on the battlefield as they really did know how to fight and could do so in a vicious and successful way.
As a result of this, they were often found on the frontlines of battle because there would be certain destruction at their hands. On the other hand, while the warriors were essentially unmatched on the battlefield, there was another side of them.
They were very hard to control in battle so generals would have a hard time with them controlling the battlefield when they were at the front lines.