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Halfdan Vanha Sveidasson "The Old"1

M, b. 745
Viking warrior with axe
     Halfdan Vanha Sveidasson "The Old" was born in 745 in Norway. Jarl (Earl) of the Uplands among the Viking warriors.
     The people commonly called Vikings were the Norse, a Scandinavian sea faring people from Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. In effect, they were the Germans who stayed behind, as many of the German tribes can be traced back to Sweden and Denmark. The same population pressures that caused the tribes to leave Scandinavia several centuries before the birth of Christ, continued. In the meantime, the Scandinavians perfected their ship building technology and produced a light, swift sailing ship that could also use oars to good effect. This, the Viking long ship, was originally intended for trade. The Vikings were, basically, traders. But they were also fierce warriors and soon noted that many of the places they came upon in Europe were wealthy, and undefended. By the late 8th century, Viking ships came to raid first, and trade if the locals were too well armed. The 8th century was a period when Europe was still getting itself organized after the demise of Roman rule in the 5th century. While Charlemagne might control most of France and Germany, he did not have enough troops available to deal with the Vikings.2
Last Edited=28 Mar 2009

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  1. [S733] D. A. Sharpe, "My Abney Family Line", Downloaded 28 Feb 2009.
  2. [S744] Vikings and Normans, online, accessed 28 Mar 2009.

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