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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.

Duel of Heroes Ireland time of the Vikings by Angus McBride

Armor for elephants used by 17 century India

Viking warriors, had to be vigilant all the time... After all, Charlemagne, the emperor of the Franks, and the Pope, had declared a war of total annihilation against them... because they were free pagans, and not tax slaves to the Vatican, and the political christian authorities!!!

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.

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.

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

Русское средневековое вооружение. - Смеется тот, кто стреляет первым.

Frankish warrior ...

Shield patterns for Saxon / Vikings?