Varganing Guard-Artist Impression. The "Varangians" were battle hardened norse traders, who on their long journey down to Byzantium (modern day Turkey), had to fight against a lot of pirates, and thieves, who wanted to steal their goods. The Emperors of Constantinople hired them as their personal guards. The most famous one was Harald Sigurdson Hardrada.

Varganing Guard-Artist Impression. The "Varangians" were battle hardened norse traders, who on their long journey down to Byzantium (modern day Turkey), had to fight against a lot of pirates, and thieves, who wanted to steal their goods. The Emperors of Constantinople hired them as their personal guards. The most famous one was Harald Sigurdson Hardrada.

Battle of Clontarf. Southern Ireland 1014. A duel between Murchad (son of Brian Boru) and the Viking chieftain Sigurd.

Battle of Clontarf. Southern Ireland 1014. A duel between Murchad (son of Brian Boru) and the Viking chieftain Sigurd.

Kreesh Kettle, Captain of the First Battalion, Professor of Combat at the Guard Training center

Kreesh Kettle, Captain of the First Battalion, Professor of Combat at the Guard Training center

The Varangian Guards were Viking mercenaries who operated far beyond their native shores as an elite force within the Byzantine Armies. Descendants from a legendary line of warriors, the Varangian Guard was formed after a group of Viking mercenaries made a major contribution to the Byzantine Emperor Basil II’s victory over rebel forces in 988 AD

The Varangian Guards were Viking mercenaries who operated far beyond their native shores as an elite force within the Byzantine Armies. Descendants from a legendary line of warriors, the Varangian Guard was formed after a group of Viking mercenaries made a major contribution to the Byzantine Emperor Basil II’s victory over rebel forces in 988 AD

Armor for elephants used by 17 century India

Armor for elephants used by 17 century India

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.

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.

Odin and Fenris (1909) by Dorothy Hardy. In both the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, Fenrir is the father of the wolves Sköll and Hati Hróðvitnisson, is a son of Loki, and is foretold to kill the god Odin during the events of Ragnarök, but will in turn be killed by Odin's son Víðarr.

Odin and Fenris (1909) by Dorothy Hardy. In both the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, Fenrir is the father of the wolves Sköll and Hati Hróðvitnisson, is a son of Loki, and is foretold to kill the god Odin during the events of Ragnarök, but will in turn be killed by Odin's son Víðarr.

Shield patterns for Saxon / Vikings?

Shield patterns for Saxon / Vikings?

Tomoe Gozen, a late twelfth-century female samurai warrior known for her bravery and strength.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomoe_Gozen

Tomoe Gozen, a late twelfth-century female samurai warrior known for her bravery and strength. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomoe_Gozen

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