Viking Modern Revivals
Because the Vikings were such a very powerful race, they have been revived in many different ways, from way back in history up to the present day. It was Erik Gustaf Geijer that first revived the word "Viking" early in the 19th century. He dramatically used the word in his poem entitled "The Viking", which he wrote at the turn of the century.
Going back to the Second World War, the Nazis of Germany adapted Viking imagery and symbolisms in their quest for the new world. Although the Germans themselves didn’t assume any ancestral heritage to the Vikings, the race's strength and supreme power were enough for Nazis to take legacy in their actions and assume Viking dominance as their own.
Today, historical books account the lives of great Vikings with the subconscious intention of reviving them into this modern world. A number of authors had referenced the great Icelandic sagas, partly because they are a part of world literature, but mainly due to the covert reverence to their greatness, which consequently, is being debated up to this present time. The Vikings were always assumed to be barbarians, raiders, and plunderers of the old world. Their moral preference doesn't really fit with the rest of the people living peacefully in the rest of the world. The Vikings are thought to be a nuisance, and honouring them doesn't feel right to some.
But in spite of that, several Viking museums and websites are built both in commemoration to and in awe of them. Runic healing, which is considered to be one of the many alternative healing discovered today, are certainly of Viking origin, as they were the one who had carried on using the runes as alphabets for the longest time.
And lastly, it is quite interesting to note that the advertisements and packaging of a diverse range of products use the image of the Vikings, particularly the barbarians wearing rawhide clothes and facemasks, carrying clubs and round shields. So whenever you see these people being used as images, remind yourself of the Vikings that once walked the earth.
Original Authors: Jennifer Tumanda
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 29/07/2008