Today in History: March 28



In 845

The Vikings assailed Paree.*

We’d call  them now terrorists,

I’m sure you’d agree.

*The Vikings were led by the legendary Ragnar Lothbrok whose life and exploits are the subject of an eponymous 13th century Icelandic saga. The French forces were led by the Frankish King Charles the Bald, whose descriptive name may have been the result of the traumatic experience.  Three of  Ragnar’s sons had the intimidating names of  Ivar the Boneless, Bjorn Ironside, and Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye. Ragnar appears in the History Channel series “Vikings”. Pictured below is the actor Travis Fimmel who portrays Ragnar in the series.


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  • Well done. I'd keep calling these long-ago years "At 8:45" instead of "In 845," at least in the first drafts.

  • I wouldn't agree. There was a Nature on the Vikings (more accurately,
    on marine life encountered by the Vikings), which said that the Vikings took, but valued and conserved what they took. They don't seem to be much different from other tribes of the time. For instance, Sarah Silverman said "the Mongols pillaged and raped, although I don't know what pillage means." The Vikings also had an appreciation for blonde women. Finally, as one of them, Tina Nordstrom, pointed out, we can credit them for hot smoked salmon, cold smoked salmon, and gravlax (lox).

  • No, everyone would not now call them terrorists. Some would call them illegal immigrants. You know, coming in caravans and intending to take over the country.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    But they came on longboats. Sailed them up the rivers in Ireland, for instance, and mated with the locals. Peacefully, it is said.

    Welcome back, BTW.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes, eventually they settled down. Of course with exceptions, too numerous to enumerate.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    In some cases, they did take over.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Which belatedly gets me back to jnorto's intended point. Those complaining about the caravans wouldn't have complained about the Vikings because the latter are blonde and Teutonic. They would have gotten all over Leif Erikson's case for not standing up to the Natives in Newfoundland.

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