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as in 'Extreme Metal' just a pale reflection of actual badass Vikings*:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-14019172

*And obviously, those Anglo-Saxons weren't push-overs either.
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Hard men who died hard I suspect...

Many years ago I met a very large Maori who had filed teeth...this combined with the facial tattoos and war surplus attire made for a very fearsome appearance...a really nice guy actually...he was my partner in a pool competition
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Atraxrobustus wrote:
Hard men who died hard I suspect...

Many years ago I met a very large Maori who had filed teeth...this combined with the facial tattoos and war surplus attire made for a very fearsome appearance...a really nice guy actually...he was my partner in a pool competition
A pool shark?
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Weren't berserkers pictured as chewing on their shields? For example, see the figure on the right in this set of Lewis chessmen:



Snorri Sturluson (Ynglinga Saga) wrote:
Odin could make his enemies in battle blind, or deaf, or panic-struck, and their weapons so blunt that they could cut no better than a willow-wand; but his own men dashed forward without armour, and became as frenzied as dogs or wolves. They chewed their shield-rims, and became as strong as bears or bulls, and slaughtered people at a single stroke, but neither fire nor iron could touch them. It was called 'going berserk'.
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kentreuber wrote:
Weren't berserkers pictured as chewing on their shields?

That'd be a [fatal] occupational hazard for Metal musicians*.

*the fate of Keith Relf is instructional.
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Looks like the 'Fairer Sex' was kicking ass right along side:
"At a mass burial site called Repton Woods, "(d)espite the remains of three swords being recovered from the site, all three burials that could be sexed osteologically were thought to be female, including one with a sword and shield," says the study."
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/201...
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Maybe a bit like this lady...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freyd%C3%ADs_Eir%C3%ADksd%C3%B3...
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AnalogGamer wrote:
those Anglo-Saxons weren't push-overs either.

"Oxford Viking massacre revealed by skeleton find ~ 'a most just extermination'":
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14476039
 
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Ouch.
 
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Who was 'unready'?
 
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calandale wrote:
Who was 'unready'?


I think it (unraed) actually means 'ill-advised'..
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Atraxrobustus wrote:
calandale wrote:
Who was 'unready'?


I think it (unraed) actually means 'ill-advised'..


Indeed. But the question still stands.
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kentreuber wrote:
Weren't berserkers pictured as chewing on their shields? For example, see the figure on the right in this set of Lewis chessmen:



Snorri Sturluson (Ynglinga Saga) wrote:
Odin could make his enemies in battle blind, or deaf, or panic-struck, and their weapons so blunt that they could cut no better than a willow-wand; but his own men dashed forward without armour, and became as frenzied as dogs or wolves. They chewed their shield-rims, and became as strong as bears or bulls, and slaughtered people at a single stroke, but neither fire nor iron could touch them. It was called 'going berserk'.


I love how the queen looks all freaked out...
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marnaudo wrote:
I love how the queen looks all freaked out...


... Or she might have a toothache.
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sullafelix wrote:
marnaudo wrote:
I love how the queen looks all freaked out...


... Or she might have a toothache. ;)


From gnawing on her shield?
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calandale wrote:
Atraxrobustus wrote:
calandale wrote:
Who was 'unready'?


I think it (unraed) actually means 'ill-advised'..


Indeed. But the question still stands.


Sadly you're right...'Ethnic Cleansing' by no means a recent concept...
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Atraxrobustus wrote:
calandale wrote:
Who was 'unready'?

I think it (unraed) actually means 'ill-advised'..

"It's a chilling archaeological reminder of an otherwise regrettably obscure moment of inhumanity, but at least the Vikings got something of the last laugh. A year after Ethelred ordered the massacre, the Danes invaded England and the king was forced to flee to France. He regained his throne, but died in 1014 in the midst of another war with the Danes, and by 1066 the last Saxon king of England was killed by William the Conqueror, a noble from Normandy...who was descended from Viking settlers on the French coast.":
http://io9.com/5831448/mass-grave-reveals-1000-year-old-viki...
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Magical Viking stone may be real -
Here’s a story on the possible use of Iceland spar, a transparent form of calcite, as a Viking solar stone, or tool to detect the position of the sun for navigation purposes. Such a stone was found on an Elizabethan shipwreck in the Channel Islands:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8862471/Magi...
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University of Cambridge researcher Britt Baillie thinks that the men buried in a mass grave of beheaded skeletons in southern England may have modeled themselves after a legendary group of mercenaries known as the Jomsvikings:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-16708401
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