The people of Westeros believe that all Wild lings are savage and are the main reason as to the necessity of the wall and the Night's Watch. However, the Night’s Watch does not forget its origin and believes the Wild lings are the least threatening force to come from beyond the wall.
And then there's an image as perplexing as it is disturbing, of a man with his face painted with Stars and Stripes, a horned helmet made of fur pelts on his head, his bare chest and arms displaying Norse-symbol tattoos. Several outlets later identified the shirtless rioter as Jake Angel, an Arizonian who calls himself a “Q Shaman” and is a prominent voice in the QAnon conspiracy movement.
His choice of dress, according to an interview with The Arizona Republic, is something of a calling card, a uniform he wears to “attract attention,” subsequently engaging people in his QAnon beliefs. Photos of another man decked in a large pelt, a fox skin on his head, and fur cuffs on his wrists, have also surfaced, and he too carries a spear.
The roots of this Viking cosplay, however, go deeper than just a couple of fools wanting to stand out from the sea of MAGA hats in a deranged play for attention. Nearly 23 years ago, in 1998, the Southern Poverty Law Center identified a neo-Nazi interpretation of Odin ism, the pre-Christmas, Northern European and Germanic religion, that was spreading in the United States.
Think: the furs worn by Wild lings in Game of Thrones, the horned helmet donned by SpongeBob SquarePants on Leif Erikson day, as well as the tattoos in the show, Vikings, and its spinoff, Valhalla. According to a Vox report on research conducted by Yale linguistics professor Roberta Frank, it was not the Vikings who had horned helmets, but medieval Germanic peoples.
The myth of the Vikings horned helmets can be traced back to 19th-century costume designer Carl Emil Doppler, who blended the Norse and Germanic histories for Wagner's opera about Nordic people, Her Ring DES Nibelungen. Despite this factual error, the myth is perpetuated in popular culture today, thanks to film and television representations and certain Minnesota sports franchises.
Time Magazine last year published a call to reclaim the imagery of the Nordic people, and to separate fact from this fictitious vision of Vikings as a homogeneous, barbaric, and ultimately heroic group of seafarers. Writer Dorothy Kim notes that despite evidence that Vikings were actually multicultural, the focus on race was nonetheless woven into the narrative of the religion beginning with Romantic German nationalism of the 19th century.
She says that German scholars of the time “rewrote history, drawing on folklore such as that of Brothers Grimm, medieval epics and a dedication to racial white supremacy.” Moreover, the Vikings innovation helped them create filling meals; they certainly needed all the energy they could get to stay alert for all those raids.
While peasants lived in a more industrially advanced era, the food they farmed wasn’t technically their own. When the Vikings did eat, though, they often gathered together in homesteads or long familial halls that were fortified against the weather and intruders.
Open fire pits kept the family members and their food warm throughout the long nights. Usually leftovers from the night before, the breakfast might also be accompanied by bread, fruit, oatmeal, and dried produce.
The men in the family would enjoy stew from the previous night, and the children often had bread with buttermilk. This group of early people loved to have ale or mead, a strong alcoholic drink made with honey.
Typically, male Vikings hunted, slaughtered, and prepped the meat for the Dagmar and natural meals. In fact, the notorious six-month-long Scandinavian winters hardly stopped the determined providers.
According to Viking expert, Diana Berkeley, no recorded evidence of the people’s food measurements endured through the years, but they would have definitely been interesting. There are no original recipes from the Viking age available we know for certain what crops and animals were available a thousand years ago.
Excavations reveal what the Vikings ate and what they imported, for instance peaches and cinnamon. It was a popular menu item because hogs were easy to raise, and they matured quickly.
The Viking men and women raised the animals specifically to provide food and labor. They ate as many horse meat as they liked and supplemented the supposedly forbidden protein with a variety of other livestock like beef, mutton, goats, chickens, sheep, ducks, cows, and oxen.
But when local resources were short, the people might raid areas with better farming land. Whichever group amassed the most wealth helped secure allegiances and marriages when the ships returned home.
They didn’t have conventional stoves or ovens, but the Viking cooks would roast and fry meat over open fires. Vikings used cauldrons made of soapstone and iron to hold most meals.
Made of meats and vegetables, the ska use boiled for a few days until it formed a nice broth. Vikings ate it with bread made of grains, beans, and sometimes even tree bark.
After chopping and drying barley, for example, cooks added the grain to oatmeal-like dishes and to heads. Its versatility made it extremely valuable, but it was hardly an easy crop to grow.
Vikings used their homegrown barley, rye, and oats to make unleavened loaves. And they frequently scooped up portions of their boiled meats and stews with the multigrain flatbread.
They heated the dough in sturdy skillets that often rested on hot stones and bark. In fact, Vikings spent a lot of time on the water, so it’s not surprising that they ate a wide variety of sea animals.
Both fresh and salted bodies of water offered them an abundance of food options. Because their diets were balanced, fruits and vegetables were important parts of the daily meals too.
During long sea voyages, properly prepared fish could provide sustenance for extended periods of time. The hearty stews included things like cabbage, beans, peas, endives, carrots, onions, garlic, leeks, and turnips.
In fact, many Vikings raided various English countries to find better farming grounds. In fact, farmers either grew their own or ate wild fruits from the surrounding areas.
Sometimes they added the sticky treat on loaves of bread and fruits for extra flavor. But research proved the Vikings liked coriander, cumin, mustard, dill, and wild horseradish.
Interestingly, the seasonings weren’t used to simply mask the smell and taste of rotten foods. In fact, the Vikings raised a variety of milk-producing livestock, so all dairy products were commonplace.
Milk, buttermilk, and whey helped the Viking women form various cheeses, curds, and butter. Viking communities stockpiled those items for the winter seasons when cows stopped releasing milk.
Not just limited to chickens, the Viking people ate eggs from ducks and geese, too. And Vikings would ambush the seabirds, swinging from ropes to reach the birds’ clifftop nests.
To celebrate things like weddings and births, the Vikings would host large gatherings with food. Vikings who weren’t especially wealthy still celebrated, but instead of having more luxurious menus, they just provided more of the typical foods.
Roasted meats, buttered vegetables, and sweet fruits on platters were often in rotation during a celebratory feast. Just like the Wild lings on Game of Thrones, the Norsemen used huge animal horns and tusks as cups, especially on feast days.
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