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barcah200124 Sep 2020 3:32 a.m. PST

Has anyone seen information suggesting differences in clothing, armor, weapons, personal grooming (tattooing or hair) between Danish Vikings and the Norwegian Vikings?

Huscarle Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2020 4:34 a.m. PST

I thought Danish Vikings were more dark-haired and Norwegians were more red or brown-haired.

Green Tiger24 Sep 2020 6:13 a.m. PST

I read recently that certain colours were associated with certain regions.

barcah200124 Sep 2020 6:23 a.m. PST

Thanks to both of you. Green Tiger, did this relate to clothing shields? Did they mention colts?

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2020 6:25 a.m. PST

One of the shortcomings of any such info is that it tends to come from much later sagas, etc., So no one is quite sure how accurate it might be. I do recall that in one of the Norwegian ship burials, shields painted alternately black and yellow were found, while some Icelandic material mentions red shields, but these later sagas also written by people of Norwegian descent. So again, who knows? On the upside, it leads one open to artistic license (within reason).

Prince Rupert of the Rhine24 Sep 2020 6:52 a.m. PST

I believe the Ostmen in Ireland, who where of Norse origin, where said to carry red shields.

dapeters24 Sep 2020 8:36 a.m. PST

In a word no or no more then one village to another.

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2020 11:43 a.m. PST

I searched "Viking dyes" and found an article titled "Viking Age Dyestuffs." This was produced by Vassar College. It claims, based on archaeological finds, that red was most common in the Danelaw, purple shades were common in Ireland, and blue and green were more typical in Scandinavia proper. I suppose this is a starting point for figure painting. The article also provides the names of several dyes that were used in use at the time, several less common.Sorry that i can't manage to link the article, but I am currently reduced to using a device that does not readily copy/past!

barcah200124 Sep 2020 11:47 a.m. PST

Great help Rvandusen! Thank you.

Legionarius24 Sep 2020 12:31 p.m. PST

Not much.

Korvessa24 Sep 2020 12:44 p.m. PST

If you are a successful raider, wouldn't you quickly start to look like whoever you are raiding?
I would be surprised if they didn't dump their old worn out homespun stuff for the first cool looking new clothes they found.

John Edmundson25 Sep 2020 3:56 p.m. PST

Slightly related – I just read an article on recent DNA analysis that,among other things, suggested that Scandinavians in the Viking era were less predominantly blond than the current Scandinavian population.


barcah200125 Sep 2020 4:30 p.m. PST

Fantastic feedback, thank you all for the information! This is what makes this site such an indispensable tool for our hobby.

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