because of where they lived. They thrived in the in the harshest environment on out planet, this made them the toughest warriors of their age(if not of all time), it also helps that they forged their steel weapons in the same forge they burned their most honorable warriors in.
Because that meme was done to death. No, Vikings weren't great fighters. Most of their exploits is just riding defenseless villages and monasteries. Vikings usually retreated whenever they encountered organized resistance. When faced with another warrior societies, i.e. Baltic Slavs or Balts, they failed miserably.
>>542195 this has been debunked 100+ times. Actually google some of those battles, faggot.
>>542120 what's wrong with having more than one thread celebrating the greatest warriors the earth has ever seen? My viking ancestors call for me to make threads about them so their adventures and battles will live on forever, and eventually I will raise a son and he will do the same thing and when my time is up i will ascend to Valhalla and sit next to Odin in the mead hall and I will watch my son and our descendants just like my ancestors watch me.
very true. I know my ancestors are looking down on me so I live everyday in their honor for without them I would not be here. I hope i do well enough so I may join them in Valhalla and we can drink and chant together while they tell me stories of their travels.
>>542233 I sort of view this image as showing how stupid Christians are. Religion's vitality isn't in fucking tree's it's a way of life. This is why Christ-fags simply cannot understand that paganism never really died and is in fact thriving. For people claiming to be 'religious' they haven't a fucking clue about what spiritualism actually. They think it has to do with going to to church or practicing ritual cannibalism.
>"The Varangian Guard (Greek: Τάγμα των Βαράγγων, Tágma tōn Varángōn) was an elite unit of the Byzantine Army, from the 10th to the 14th centuries, whose members served as personal bodyguards to the Byzantine Emperors. They are known for being primarily composed of Germanic peoples, specifically Scandinavians"
Good enough to serve as the emperors body guard half across the world.
>Composed primarily of Norsemen and Rus for the first 100 years, the Guard began to see increased inclusion of Anglo-Saxons after the Norman conquest of England. By the time of the Emperor Alexios Komnenos in the late 11th century, the Varangian Guard was largely recruited from Anglo-Saxons and "others who had suffered at the hands of the Vikings and their cousins the Normans". The Anglo-Saxons and other Germanic peoples shared with the Vikings a tradition of faithful (to death if necessary) oath-bound service, and after the Norman invasion of England there were many fighting men who had lost their lands and former masters and looked for a living elsewhere.
>>545697 >>545720 >>545737 Yeah, by the 1070 onward the Varangians were basically all Anglo-Saxon. It's funny, and bit sad, that a lot of these poor fuckers would end up going head to head with the Normans again at Dyrrhachium and get slaughtered to a man. I guess they did pretty well initially, at least.
Haldon's a good source to draw upon. Not sure if Treadgold goes too much into the shift in composition since his book ends by 1081.
The wiki gives you surces bro: >Likewise, the Byzantine civil-servant, soldier and historian John Kinnamos calls these "axe-bearers" which guarded the Emperor "the British nation, which has been in service to the Romans' Emperors from a long time back". Then you click that 15: >John Kinnamos, "The Deeds of John and Manuel Comnenos" (Charles M. Brand, trans). New York, Columbia University Press, 1976, p. 16.
>>545489 Think of the varangian guard as more of a "hells angels" type rather than a "navy seals" type. Their pale skin, blue eyes and large stature were more of an oddity in Byzantium, and they were mainly used for intimidation anyways.
It's not like these guys were ninjas or something.
Whoah. You may be serious. You seriously are... I dont know, I dont wanna be mean to you. But I think that you will understood. Well, the point is clear anyway and I have prove that I was not baiting, just correcting. Have a nice day.
>>545809 >were mainly used for intimidation anyways. Well, they don't have the best track record but they've done well a bunch of times--crushing Bardas Phokas' army, crushing the Lombards, routing the Norman knights at Dyrrhachium (granted, they did get wiped out), playing a decisive role in wiping out the Pechenegs, and putting up the best fight at the walls of Constantinople in 1204.
>>545760 they weren't well known to be great warriors at all you made this up, Varangian Guard was created because they were loyal not because they were great fighters and later all the guard consisted of Saxons anyway
>>545760 It is a counter meme. They are potrayed as great warriors in vidya and fiction but they weren't all that great so /his/ takes the oposite position saying they were pussies. It's the same with the meme dark ages.
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