Here's why the Vikings had a bad rap as berserkers and barbarians

Before the Minnesota NFL football team and Thor comics, Vikings were really just a Scandinavian thing. Often portrayed as vicious, bearded savages, the Vikings were actually business savvy sailors who explored the seas in their longboats trading everything from amber to slaves. They are also credited with having navigated to North America long before Columbus ever made land. Vikings are famous for their choice of weapon – the battle axe – and their barbaric reputation stems from their use of blood-frenzied berserker shock troops. Learn all about the crazy ways of these warriors in this installment of Elite Forces.

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