The Vikings did not always set out with war in mind. Finds of large cargo ships and wealthy trading towns give a more nuanced picture of the period. It was a time in which trading in everything from slaves to silk and iron flourished. Finds of Arabic silver coins in Scandinavia and a small Buddha figure in Sweden testify to how distant the trading connections could be.
The Viking Rollo was a real person. In a 911 treaty he received the French City Rouen and surrounding lands. In return he and his warriors would defend the area and were baptised as Chrisitians. The area became known as Normandie, the land of the Northmen. Rollo, Robert I, one of my GGFATHERS. djk
Viking longboat ships were used to travel from one raid to another. The act of pillaging and conquering other lands has often left a negative stigma on the Vikings, but amongst the Gods of Norse Mythology; they were great hero's and warrior's.