Metal: sterling silver (925)
Weight: approx. 15 g (0,52 oz)
The name 'Viking' comes from the word 'Vikingr' (Old Norse) meaning 'pirate raid'. The Norse people were said to be 'going Viking' when they set sail to explore and loot and their sea vessels were 'horses of the waves' symbolic of speed and power. During the period 850-1000 AD, the Vikings explored many countries including The United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy as well as North Africa. They also discovered Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland. The Viking people were amazing ship builders and their most famous ship, the longship was the most powerful vessel. On average, a Viking longship measured approximately 25-30 metres could hold up to 60 men. They also commonly used boats called Knarrs and Karves. The Viking boats were also used in funerals and were symbolic of safe passage to the afterlife.
The Viking longboat was the key to the Vikings success in travelling. The various classes of boat employed by the Vikings would of course have grown over time. Larger boats like the Skeid and the Busse would have been built as the results of successful initial raids. These larger ships would have allowed the Vikings to travel in larger parties, over larger oceans, of course helping them obtain their valued treasures.
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