Viking Revenge: Blood for Blood

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Viking Revenge: Blood for Blood 

Historically, the majority of the Vikings were the farmers who lived and worked peacefully on their farm. But if anyone dared to touch their beloved and land, they would declare war permanent on those. In this blog post, we are to discuss three occasions when the Vikings made their enemies pay the ultimate price when they dared to harm their beloved. 

Viking revenged for his horse

The story was written down in the Icelandic sagas in the 13th century. It happened in the 9th century. Hrafnkel was his name and Einar was the name of the shepherd. The boy worked for the Hrafnkel a wealthy man. Every day he had to make sure that every cattle was kept inside the house. 

His master had a horse whose name was Freyfaxi. The horse was believed to have a connection with Frey the god in Viking culture. That's why Hrafnkel respected the horse declaring that no one should touch his horse. Anyone dared to violate his vow would meet their demise very soon. 

One day, the shepherd was not able to bring all cattle into the house. Then he decided to borrow Freyfaxi for a while. After the mission accomplished, the boy let the horse go. When Freyfaxi met his master, he was full of sweat and dirt. Hrafnkel wanted to go to the root of this and found out that the boy had violated his vow. He came to see and behead the shepherd right in the eyes of many people. 

Viking story of Viking revenge

Sons revenged for great daddy

Ragnar Lothbrok was the name of a famous Viking hero who succeeded in many parts of Europe. But the demise fell on Ragnar very soon when he was trying to sail across Europe. He was blown to the shore of Northumbria only to get caught by King Aella of Northumbria. 

He was thrown into a pit full of snakes sentenced to death. 

On hearing the news that their great father was executed by King Aella of Northumbria, the sons of Ragnarok Lothbrok declared to carry out the bloodiest revenge on King Aella. They formed Viking Great Heathen Army crashing the shore of Northumbria Anglo Saxon kingdom. 

Viking Blood Eagle

Viking Blood Eagle torture 

After capturing King Aella, sons of Ragnar carried out the bloodiest Viking torture on King Aella. It was the Blood Eagle opening the back of the king and pulling out his ribs. As the name indicated, Ragnar's sons made the symbol of eagle on the back of King Aella. 

King revenged for sister 

Sweyn Forkbeard was listed as one of the boldest Viking kings. He overthrew his father, King Harald Bluetooth and declared himself King of the Danes. Later, Sweyn sent his people to Anglo Saxon Kingdom to establish his control there. 

At that time, the reigning king was Aethelred the Unready. The King was consulted by his people to carry out a massacre on the Danes that lived in his land. Thinking that it would be a step to ward the Danes off his territory, King Aethelred called it the Massacre of St Brice Day. But everything seemed to backfire. 

Sweyn Forkbeard Viking king

Among the Danes that the King killed, sister of King Sweyn Forkbeard was one of them. Knowing that his sister was executed under the blade of the Anglo Saxon, Sweyn Forkbeard declared war on King Aethelred. 

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