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The Code Of Ethics Of The Vikings

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While researching the Vikings and what made them such fierce warriors, I learned that the cause of their behavior came from their code of ethics as well as their ideals and religion.

The Vikings had a code of ethics that dictated how any respectable warrior especially those who wanted to be heroes among their people. This is proven in the book Vikings: Raiders From The North which states "Self-respect, honor, and reputation were necessary above all, and these could not exist without a firm foundation of loyalty to family and comrades. Conventions ruled everything in life- conventions about hospitality and the giving of gifts, about keeping oaths and avenging wrongs, about doing good deeds for the neighborhood such as building bridges and churches. Leaders of men must demonstrate courage, fortitude, fellowship, truthfulness, eloquence, and zest for life coupled with the ability to face death with an untroubled mind. All of these requirements, and countless others, were incorporated in the Old Norse poem Havamal, literally, 'the speech of the high one,' which includes the entire Viking-age code of conduct from simple little homilies to statements on the true meaning of eternal honor." (34) Using this code of ethics to guide them and having this code so deeply ingrained into their way of life is also shown when then book states “He could never make it as a king if he did not have both income and honor. He required both to inspire his warriors. Honor decreed that he lead his own troops into battle, and honor thus determined that kings often died young.” (36) This shows that with their code of ethics so ingrained into them they were willing to risk all they had worked hard to achieve in order to keep their honor and be known as great kings and leaders of their people. This is also shown when the author Odijk states “Every male from fifteen years of age taught to fight, and each accepted, without question, that he should do so.” (37) This helps sheds light on the fact that having their young males train and live for violence would help explain why the Vikings were such fierce warriors even though most didn’t expect to live very long. One reason why they were so feared and had short life spans were the berserkers. They were known specially for ferocity in battle as Donovan put it, “They threw away their shields and cast off their shirts of mail and mowed down all before them with sword, axe, or club.” (38) With battle crazed men such as these it is no wonder why the Vikings were so greatly feared and famed for being so ferocious. It has ...

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