Viking Women, Men and Children

Viking Women

Family ties were significant for the Vikings. People were proud of their ancestors; they remembered and honored the memory of every one of them. But Viking family was different in comparison with the modern one. This was a group of people who live together. They helped each other in all problematic situations. A tribe had a strong feeling of honor. That is why Vikings always defended every member of the group. Moreover, they could have even some group ornamentation such as bracelets, pins, or Nordic wolf ring

What was the role of Viking women?

Women had a lot of rights. They have a high status both in legal theory and in everyday practice. Almost every woman could possess their own land. Females also could manage their property. Moreover, in the case of the absence of the husband, every woman had to operate the farm. 

It is worth remembering that Viking men could have concubines, but the status of a lawful wife was considerably higher. First of all, the man had to pay a ransom for her. As a rule, she also received a dowry from her father and a gift from her husband the day after the wedding. So Vikings marriage was not such a simple process as it seems at first sight. 

In what age did Vikings get married?

It is known that Vikings got married in 12 years. It was usual for them. Moreover, a girl could say whether she agrees for the wedding with this boy or not. It means that the father did not make daughters get married to this or another candidate.

How did bring up Viking children? 

In the pagan era, there were no Viking schooling. Only later appeared some Christian schools. But not all children attended them. In most cases, they were trained in agriculture and other crafts, simply helping adults with household. Children were also taught fighting. 

The thing is that the fate of a newborn child was decided by father. If the child was sick or ugly, the dad could instruct to throw a baby or leave her to die. However, if the father decided to go the children alive, it was sprinkled with water. This was a real pagan custom. Then the father had to choose a name for the baby. They paid particular attention because the name should have been successful.  Also, it could be the name of a recently deceased relative. 

To distinguish a person, who wore a common name, often used the nickname. But the possibility of receiving the nickname was given only in adulthood. In most cases, it was related to the appearance or character of a person.  

So there were a lot of specialties of Viking life. But it is worth admitting that even in such a robbery tribe, a woman had ownership rights and children could be taught some crafts.