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Viking's Height

Vikings are fearsome warriors who conquered and settled in most parts of England, other smaller countries and islands. The image most people have of someone displaying such power to conquer lands, is of tall and large men. This idea created the common thinking that Vikings are actually tall people, which is not exactly true.

The writer Ibm Fadlan and other European writings and sources suggested that Vikings were tall men. This is actually contrary to most historical findings that were conducted with intensive research and evaluations to what remains of the Vikings artefacts. Modern research studies declare that Vikings are people with average height.

A Viking's height could be anywhere between 66 inches 1.67 meters and 69 inches 1.75 meters. The tall ones are said to be Vikings of higher stature since they are likely to have better nutrition and eat better diets compared to the common Viking warriors.

The notion that Vikings were tall people may also be because people in some parts of Europe are relatively short. This may be the reason why they might consider Vikings as people with increased height. But compared Viking's height to today's people, they are considered as people with average height.

Original Authors: Jennifer Tumanda
Edit Update Authors: Ryan Norfolk
Updated On: 29/11/2006


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