The Vikings Weren’t Always That Brave.

by Daniel Russ on August 15, 2012

Viking Long Ship. 40 Oars And Main Mast


They Were Not Perfectly Brave.


In fact, the Vikings did so well at warfare for as much knowing when not to fight as when to attack. They were ambush warriors operating mostly as guerrillas, launching sudden and ferocious sneak attacks. Frankly most of the people they fought were parents and children and unarmed at that. Contrary to popular belief they were far more likely to hide in pre built redoubts or retreat than confront large well armed forces. They plundered, and his, and returned to the same places once they let their guard down. Great strategy. Often plundered and the disappeared for a while and then plundered again. Kildare was the capital of Leinster, but Vikings returned to plunder it 15 times between 836 and 1000



Alfred The Great defeated a Viking Army under King Guthrum between the 6 and 12 May AD 878 at the Battle of Ethandun, the only British King to decisively defeat Vikings.


England Was Highly Influenced Viking Planners.


The Vikings placed ports where they gave optimum access to the seaways and the river ways and the inland trade routes. Dublin, Cork, EWaterford, and Wessex are great examples.



Often They Faced No Opposition.


Vikings had little to oppose them because the existing communities were all petty tyrants interested in nothing but their own gain. Viking raiders would often reconnoiter shoreline and try to find a place to come aboard where they could quickly attack a coastal village and make their way to another location. Not only did Viking prevail on the battlefield because they used surprise, many of the folks they invaded were little more than loosely held bands active mostly in intercine rivalry. It was a while before the Irish could even agree on a single military ruler to coordinate the defenses of Ireland.


The Vikings themselves began warring with each other once they were comfortably ensconced in the land. That said, the Vikings also needed a single military leader that they referred to as Árd Rí. Oddly his rule was very similar to the approach Irish kings took to ruling.


Viking Berserker, from



Not all the Vikings came from Scandanavia.



Vikings also came from Norway and Sweden, and Estonia, Finnish and Saami Region. The Vikings were not driven by bloodshed and power grabs. They were motivated by money. They were more than plunderers. They were traders and after three centuries they assimilated and found a great living eventually just as merchants.


Source: Wiki




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Louis September 19, 2017 at 3:42 am

There is one other British King who decisivly defeated Vikings, and his name is Harold Goodwinson, Harold II in the british system. However, only a month later, he was defeated by an upstart bastard son of a norman duke, called William, afterwards known as “The Conqueror”.
And the Ard Ri was the, nominal, high king of Celtic, pre-viking Ireland, sort of like the Braetwalda in Saxon England. And once the Vikings were settled in Ireland, they participated in the whole Ard Ri thing.

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