Vikings Did Not Wear Helmets with Horns: Dr. Ekholst on Our Popular Myths
They didn’t really wear helmets with horns on them, and they weren’t really much taller than other Europeans. The reality of who the Vikings were is actually more interesting than the myths in popular culture. History professor Christine Ekholst explores what we know about the lives, culture and history of Vikings in her new course for third-year U of G students. She taught the course for the first time in the winter 2013 semester: “It was immensely popular; it filled up immediately.” That’s not surprising. Because of movies like Thor and the History channel series Vikings, these explorers have become part of popular culture and sparked interest in learning more about them. There’s lots to learn, says Ekholst.
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