I am a Scandinavian and I've settled in Ireland. Viking? Yes! (although I
have a credit-card)...
The whole issue about the Danes or the Norse being the first to go viking in
Ireland is ambigous,
as first of all there wasn't any nations at that stage. In the European
Viking Conference in
Dublin last year there was several suggestions to change the start-date for
as well as views of the reasons for the "intensified european tourism...". I
think Wilson and Graham Campbell got a bit of a slagging.
If you look for a transition at the end of the migration-period, there's a
lot of indications that what was to become "Danes" was a natural follow-up
of the migration af Anglers and Saxons (next door neighbours to the
Danes-to-be, or rather Jutlanders).
Concerning the word viking, it has been suggested that it originally meant
that you were from the region of "viken" which is the area of Kattegatt to
the Oslo-fjord. When the coastal traders then took to the high sea,
the term developed into "go viking".
Regarding some of the "hidden" reasons to why people went viking might be
changes in the rules for inheritance, i.e. instead of all children of a
family inheriting, only the eldest (or most favoured) child took over the
farm. This might be a sufficient socio-politic force to promote "extensive
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>>If I'm not mistaken, the Danes preceeded the Norse, and there is a
>>between them, even though they are both Scandinavian cultures. Dublin was
>>Dane, not Viking, and a correction. Viking is not a people, it is a job
>>description. The Norse went Viking (a uphonism for shopping without
>I might be able to say that I'm wrong, or my Profs at the U. of Glasgow
>were, but I can't. The Danes did not preceed the Norse as far as the
>Scandinavian settlement of Ireland (see The Viking World, J Graham
>Campbell pp. 26-30; Transactions of the Royal Society, 26, Scandinavian
>Settlement in the North and West of the British Isle-An Archaeological
>P.O.V. pp. 95-111, D M Wilson). The Danes settled mainly in East Anglia
>and Normandy, the Norwegians in Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and
>Iceland, the Swedes headed towards Russia and the Middle East.
>Viking *is* a term for a type of behaviour, typical of the Scandinavian
>culture group of which Norwegians, Fins, Swedes and Danes are part of
>during a particular peroid of time. Calling people that went A Viking,
>Vikings is a common practice in the field of Viking Studies and denotes a
>particular period of Scandinavian history (not many Scands go a viking
>nowadays). It's much like calling someone that runs a runner.