Did you know that the Vikings wear much taller than the average European at the time with an average height of five foot nine. This may not seem like much, but compared to four foot win or five foot one europeans they were giants. The reason for their height was an anomaly in the Pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is a gland in your brain that controls muscle and bone growth. Their are also hormones from this gland that goes to the liver. This stimulates the liver which also controls bone growth, this leads to the vikings unprecedented size.
The Vikings had many impressive weapons such as spears, battle-axes, bows, and swords, they were also used as a symbol of status and wealth. The spear and bow was considered a common weapon, but the the battle axes and swords were signs of great wealth and status. The also, had defenses such as circular shields made from iron and wood and covered in later. They also, wore byrnies, which were long tunics of chain armor. Only the vikings in the front of the assault could wear helmets, and the helmets have for operate layers for arrow protection.
The Vikings built ships for raiding and war, but later they turned into trading, and fishing ships as well. They were called dragon ships or long ships, also they had passenger and cargo ships called Knorrs. The vikings ships were made from tall oaks which made the kneel. The builders then cut log planks of wood for the sides and shorter pieces for the inside beams. They used wooden pegs and iron rivets to fasten them together, and overlapped the wood this made it very strong. Finally, they used tar and wool to fill in the cracks and keep out water.
The Vikings began to plunder monasteries in the years 800 ad to the eleventh century. They were not a race and did to have any religion. They plundered the Europe and asian regions of the world as well. They also, nearly captured all of England and only one kingdom could successfully resist. The Vikings also colonized Iceland and the Danish Vikings began larger scaled raids. Finally, the vikings were absorbed by christian european nations.